Fissure of the nipple

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Fissure of the nipple
Joggers nipple.jpg
An irritated nipple, or jogger's nipple, acquired while riding a bike on a warm day.
Classification and external resources
ICD-10 N64.0, O92.1
ICD-9-CM 611.2

Fissure of the nipple is a condition that can be caused by friction that can result in soreness, dryness or irritation to, or bleeding of, one or both nipples during breastfeeding. It can also be the result of the friction of clothing against the nipple during physical exercise. This condition is also experienced by women who breastfeed[1] and by surfers[2] who do not wear rash guards.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Dr. C.H. Asrani. "Fissures of the nipple". Common Problems in the first weeks of Breast Feeding. Retrieved 10 February 2011. 
  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.