Fissure of the nipple

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Fissure of the nipple
Other namesJogger's nipple, Surfer's nipple
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An irritated nipple, or jogger's nipple, acquired by a man while riding a bike on a warm day.
CausesChafing during physical exercise
PreventionRunning shirtless, Nipple patches, Sports bras
TreatmentPetroleum jelly
Frequency2-16% of runners

Fissure of the nipple, colloquially referred to as "jogger's nipple", is a condition that is the result of chafing of one or both nipples. This can occur in both men and women during physical exercise such as long-distance running where there is prolonged friction between the nipple and clothing.[1] The issue is also commonly seen in surfers who do not wear rash guards or wetsuits.[2]

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  1. ^ Mailler, E.; Adams, B. (2004). "The Wear and Tear of 26.2: Dermatological Injuries Reported on Marathon Day". British Journal of Sports Medicine. BMJ Publishing Group Ltd and British Association of Sport and Exercise Medicine. 38 (4): 498–501. doi:10.1136/bjsm.2004.011874. PMC 1724877. PMID 15273194.
  2. ^ Iain Brown. "Surfer's Nipple". Causes of Nipple and Breast Pain in Surfers. Archived from the original on 27 April 2014. Retrieved 4 June 2013.

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