How is gynecomastia treated?
In most cases, especially in pubescent males and infants, gynecomastia resolves itself. In extreme cases, medical intervention, such as hormone therapy or even breast reduction surgery, may be required. In cases in which there is an underlying cause, such as steroid abuse, treatment of the underlying cause generally leads to resolution of gynecomastia.
What you can do to improve your gynecomastia
If gynecomastia is leading to discomfort, certain self-care measures may be helpful including:
- Stopping recreational drug and bodybuilding supplement use
- Taking over-the-counter pain medication
- Using a cold compress
What are the potential complications of gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia does not generally lead to complications. In rare cases, gynecomastia may be linked to breast cancer, although breast cancer and gynecomastia are separate conditions. In some people, especially pubescent males, complications of untreated gynecomastia can be serious. You can help minimize your risk of serious complications by following the treatment plan you and your health care professional design specifically for you. Complications of gynecomastia include:
- Skin ulcerations of the breast
What is gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia refers to a condition in which males develop unusual amounts of breast tissue. It should not be confused with pseudogynecomastia, in which adipose (fat) tissue takes on the appearance of breasts. Gynecomastia is not uncommon, especially in pubescent males and male infants. Gynecomastia arises from changes in androgen and estrogen levels, which control the development of male a... Read more about gynecomastiaintroduction
What are the symptoms of gynecomastia?
The usual symptoms of gynecomastia include lumps under the nipple on either one or both sides of the torso, breast development, and tenderness of the breasts. In more serious cases, symptoms of gynecomastia include painful breasts, skin ulceration over the breast, or nipple discharge. Seek medical attention for any serious symptoms of gynecomastia, as these could be early indicators of breast cancer.... Read more about gynecomastiasymptoms