What does a nipple yeast infection look like?
A nipple yeast infection usually appears as a rash on the part of the areola that is covered by the baby’s mouth during breastfeeding. This area may be red, shiny, flaky, swollen, or wrinkled. A sharp boundary usually appears at the edge of the rash and the normal skin of the areola. In mothers of older babies or children, infection can be limited to a small part of the areola around the nipple. If not quickly treated, fine cracks may appear where the nipple meets the areola. These can become infected with bacteria, increasing the pain and damage, and this infection may even move into the breast causing mastitis or a breast abscess.