What Causes a Burning Sensation in Breast Tissue?

By Cindi Pearce

If a woman is consistently experiencing a burning sensation in her breasts, she needs to point this out to her physician because it is possible that the sensation is the outcome of an underlying medical problem, according to Wrongdiagnosis.com.

Parathesia

A burning, prickling, itching or tingling sensation is called parethesia and it may be a sign that sensory nerve damage has occurred. Parethesia occurs for no apparent physical cause.

Nerve Impairment, Diabetes, Trauma, Metal Exposure

A nerve impairment can result in a burning or tingling or needles and pins type of sensation and can be caused by nerve entrapment or pressure being directly applied to a nerve or to the spinal attachment of that nerve. According to Medicues.com, a burning sensation in the breast could be a sign that you have diabetes. It could also be the result of trauma to the nerves in this area or exposure to heavy metals.

Neuropathy

There are several conditions that can cause weird sensory sensations including diabetes, neuropathy, multiple sclerosis and diabetic neuropathy. The Mayo Clinic explains that neuropathy means that some kind of damage has been done to the nerves which results in various symptoms. The damage interferes with the signals between the brain and other parts of the body. As a result, body functions may be increased or decreased or just plain abnormal.

Paget's Disease

According to the Mayo Clinic, there is a condition called Paget's Disease that causes a burning sensation in the breast along with an array of other symptoms including itching, redness, discharge from the nipple, an inverted or flattened nipple, an obvious lump under your nipple or aerola (the skin that surrounds your nipple) and changes to only one breast and nipple. Paget's disease is a condition of the bone. Bone metabolism is altered and old bone is not being recycled into new bone as quickly as it once was. The result of Paget's is that your bone may become frail and easily broken.

Implant Ruptures

Silicone breast implants can rupture. If they do, you may experience a burning sensation in addition to pain or tenderness, tingling swelling and change in your breast size, according to Breastimplantinfo.org.

Cerebrovascular Event

According to Wrongdiagnosis.com, a cerebrovascular event, which occurs when the blood supply to the brain is interrupted and results in cell injury and death at a particular site, can result in a burning sensation.

Not Indicative of Breast Cancer

A burning sensation in the breast is not uncommon, according to Medhelp. org and it doesn't mean that you have breast cancer.

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