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Chafing of the Nipples

See Also: Chafing - Chafing Advice - Excessive Sweating - Sweat Rash - Chafing of the Buttocks - Chafing of the Groin - Chafing of the Thighs

About Chafing of the Nipples

chafing of the nipples
Chafing of the nipple, commonly known as jogger's nipple or runner's nipple, is a particularly unpleasant form of chafing often experienced by runners and individuals taking part in sports and extended bouts of physical activity. The condition can effect one or both nipples and is characterised by sore, dry and irritated skin. Bad cases of nipple chafing can result in broken, raw skin that bleeds.

Chafing of the nipple is caused by the repeated rubbing of clothing against the nipple for prolonged period of time. While commonly experience by sports people, such as long-distance runners and cyclists, the condition can be experienced by anyone. Tight or rough clothing, for instance, can trigger the condition, as can underwear, particularly in hot weather.

Amongst the physically active, men are more prone to chafing of the nipple than women. The main reason for this is that sportswomen tend to wear a sports bra, which gives added protection against rubbing. Because nipples are a very sensitive part of the body, they can stay tender for a long period of time and can easily chafe again if proper care isn't taken. This can lead to a vicious cycle of nipple chafing that can be a particular nuisance for those who exercise regularly.

Luckily, there are many ways of preventing chafing of the nipple, so this unpleasant condition can be easily avoided.

Preventing & Treating Chafing of the Nipples

Perhaps the most common method is to create a barrier between the nipple and clothing. Plasters (band aids) are a common choice. These often combine adhesive tape with padding to provide a soft covering for the nipple that will stay in place. Surgical tape is another popular choice, perhaps even more so than plasters. Like plasters, surgical tape is breathable, plus it has the added benefit of a pressure-sensitive, hypoallergenic adhesive, which is gentle on the skin and leaves little residue after removal. Some surgical tapes contain zinc oxide, which can help prevent infections.

Some suffering from nipple chafing, have even recommended using soft corn plasters to cover the nipples. Jogging or exercising shirtless, while not something for everyone, is something worth considering, especially in warm weather.

Applying an emollient, such as Vaseline petroleum jelly, is another way to help reduce friction and protect the nipples. Barrier creams are also a good preventative measure. One worth considering is Lanacane Anti-Chafing Gel; this forms a breathable, anti-friction barrier that is non-greasy and won't stain or mark your clothing. Combining a cream or emollient with a sticking plaster will add an extra layer of protection and some extra piece of mind.
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  • Vaseline Original Petroleum Jelly 100g

    Vaseline Original Petroleum Jelly 100g

    Vaseline has long been a trusty aid in the fight against chafing

    Vaseline Pure Petroleum Jelly is an effective emollient that will cover and protect your nipples, while keeping your skin smooth and soft. Its non-water based formula is resistant to sweat, helping it to stay in place during exercise. For optimum results, try Vaseline with an adhesive plaster, such as Savlon Advanced.

    (incl VAT)
  • Lanacane Anti-Chafing Gel 28g

    Lanacane Anti-Chafing Gel 28g

    *Recommended for the prevention of nipple chafing*

    Lanacane Anti-Chafing Gel dries on contact to form a breathable barrier that protects the skin. The anti-friction, non-greasy formula prevents irritation, aids healing and won't mark or stain your clothes.

    (incl VAT)