Common bumps on the areola, Montgomery glands can sometimes get clogged, and may need treatment if they get infected banner

Common bumps on the areola, Montgomery glands can sometimes get clogged, and may need treatment if they get infected

IF YOU’VE EVER noticed small bumps around your nipples, and wondered if they were pimples, you may have been noticing Montgomery glands. These oil glands, which appear as small raised dots on the areola (the dark circle around the nipple) usually look like goosebumps, according to Constance Chen, M.D., a plastic surgeon and breast reconstruction specialist in New York City. Montgomery glands may become more enlarged in some circumstances, such as pregnancy, and then go back to normal size without causing a problem. But if bacteria gets into the gland, they can cause a clog and infection. Here, experts share tips for keeping inflammation and infections away, as well as your options should a blockage occur.

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