Breast Burning Pain

Updated November 21, 2016

A burning sensation in your breasts can be an indication of several things, including conditions that are benign, as well as diseases that need immediate treatment because of their threat to your health.


A burning sensation in your breast could be the result of costochondritis, according to Costochondritis is a non-cyclical (not related to hormonal changes) arthritic pain that actually starts in the middle of the chest where your breast bone connects with your ribs.


The Mayo Clinic explains that costochondritis is inflammation of the cartilage that connects a rib to your sternum or breast bone. The burning sensation that is associated with this condition will be felt in the breast. The pain will generally occur on the left side of your breastbone, although the pain can occur on the right side as well. Costochondritis is most likely to strike women over the age of 40.


Paget's disease of the breast can cause a burning sensation, according to the Mayo Clinic. This is a rare form of breast cancer, which starts in the breast ducts and moves to the areola around the breast and to the nipple skin.

Hormones points out that a burning sensation in your breast may be related to hormonal fluctuations that occur prior to menstruation, or when you are in perimenopause.

Fibrocystic Breasts

If you have fibrocystic breasts, your breast tissue will feel thick and lumpy. In addition, you may experience a burning sensation in your breasts as well as the sensation that your breasts are full, swollen and heavy. Fibrocystic breasts are sensitive to touch.

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