How do I treat eczema on my areolas?
Mothers with areolar eczema should avoid all skin irritants that may cause eczema. There are many possibilities including: creams, lotions, ointments, and nipple products. Another may be the solid foods the baby has just begun to eat. To minimize contact with those foods, the baby’s saliva should be washed off the nipples and areolas after breastfeeding with breast milk. Steroid ointments are very effective at treating areolar eczema, but they can have side-effects for both mother and baby. They need to be washed off with breast milk before breastfeeding and should not be used for more than a few weeks. If a mother’s areolas are worse or are not normal after three weeks of treatment with a steroid preparation, they should see their health-care providers. If mothers have eczema on another part of the body, it is important to treat it. Nipple yeast can develop during treatment of areolar eczema or can mimic it.