What is tender points?

It is not uncommon to have sore or tender nipples in the first few days of breastfeeding. The tenderness may be greatest when your baby first latches onto the breast but it should lessen as the feeding continues. The tenderness is usually at its worst between 3 to 5 days after your baby is born. And, it usually doesn't last longer than the 1st week. Nipple soreness lasting beyond the first week is not normal. Soreness that interferes with feedings or continues throughout a feeding is also not normal. And, it is not normal to have skin breakdown like cracks, blisters, bruises, or bleeding on the nipple or areola. The areola is the dark area around the nipple. Nipple soreness is usually caused by holding the baby incorrectly or by how your baby latches-on. Your baby's suckling pattern could be incorrect. Then, you may also find yourself postponing feedings because of the soreness. And, this may limit the amount of milk your baby gets. So, your overall milk supply could also decrease.

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Erythema nodosum

Erythema nodosum is a skin condition characterized by the sudden eruption of tender, red bumps, particularly on the shins. It represents inflammation of the deeper portions of the skin (the adipose tissue, or fatty layer of skin). Erythema nodosum often occurs as an isolated skin finding, or it may be associated with certain medications, infections, or underlying medical conditions.

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Tender Points of Fibromyalgia - What are Fibromyalgia Tender Points?

Mar 9, 2007 ... Tender points are specific places on the body that are exceptionally sensitive to touch in people with fibromyalgia. Tender points exist at ...

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Fibromyalgia Tender Points and Trigger Points

Trigger points, or tender points, are used to diagnose fibromyalgia. People who have fibromyalgia experience abnormal sensitivity when light pressure is ...

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Fibromyalgia Symptoms, Treatment, Medications, Tender Points ...

Mar 12, 2011 ... "Tender points" are localized tender areas of the body that can bring ... Fibromyalgia tender points, or pressure points, are commonly found ...

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Fibromyalgia Tender Points - Definition of Fibromyalgia Tender Points

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Tender Points and Fibromyalgia - What are Fibromyalgia Tender Points?

Jan 12, 2008 ... Tender points are charecteristic of fibromyalgia. Along with the presence of 11 out of 18 tender points, fibromyalgia is also usually ...

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Dermoid Cyst Removal

A dermoid cyst is a saclike growth that is present at birth. It contains structures such as hair, fluid, teeth, or skin glands that can be found on or in the skin. Dermoid cysts grow slowly and are not tender unless ruptured. They usually occur on the face, inside the skull, on the lower back, and in the ovaries. Superficial dermoid cysts on the face usually can be removed without complications. Removal of other, rarer dermoid cysts requires special techniques and training. These rarer dermoid cysts occur in 4 major areas:


A furuncle is a localized pyogenic infection originating in a hair follicle. A carbuncle is a deep-seated pyogenic infection of several contiguous hair follicles, with formation of connecting sinuses, often preceded or accompanied by fever, malaise, and prostration. The word boil is a lay term referring to either furuncle or carbuncle. Hereafter, the term boil is meant to be either furuncle or carbuncle. A boil is a round, tender, pus-filled raised area of the skin, developing a white cap which will rupture if stressed. A boil may be caused by bacterial infection, an airborne or food allergy, stress, poor hygiene, an illness, a lowered resistance, certain drugs, excessive consumption of junk food, an infected wound, a toxic bowel and bloodstream, or thyroid disorders. Also, it may be an infection of a hair follicle in the deepest section. The inflammations spreads, often with staphylococcus bacteria. A carbuncle occurs when the infection spreads and other boils are formed. The formation of a carbuncle may be an indication of immune depression.

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Ingrown toenail

An early symptom of an ingrown toenail is hard, swollen and tender skin surrounding the nail.

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Bartholin's abscess
A tender lump on either side of the vaginal opening Fever Pain with sexual intercourse

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Point tenderness - abdomen
Abdominal point tenderness refers to the pain you feel when pressure is applied to a specific part of the belly area (abdomen).

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Erythema nodosum
Erythema nodosum is an inflammatory disorder that is characterized by tender, red nodules under the skin.

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Cellulitis (sel-u-LI-tis) is a common, potentially serious bacterial skin infection. Cellulitis appears as a swollen, red area of skin that feels hot and tender, and it may spread rapidly.

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Pyoderma gangrenosum
Ulcers caused by pyoderma gangrenosum are usually raw and tender. You may find you need to decrease your activities until the sores heal. Most often the ulcers leave scars.

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Serum sickness
The lymph nodes may be enlarged and tender to the touch. The urine may contain blood or protein. Blood tests may show signs of blood vessel inflammation.

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Pharyngitis - viral
Discomfort when swallowing Fever Joint pain or muscle aches Sore throat Tender, swollen lymph nodes in the neck

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Herpes Simplex Virus , Sacral
Herpes simplex infection of the lower back and buttocksalso called sacral herpes simplex or genital herpesis a common recurrent skin condition associated with infection by the herpes simplex virus (HSV). HSV infection usually appears as small blisters or sores around the mouth, nose, genitals, buttocks, and lower back, though infections can develop almost anywhere on the skin. Furthermore, these tender sores may come back periodically in the same sites.

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Lichen planus
Other symptoms include: Mouth lesions Tender or painful (mild cases may have no discomfort), Located on the sides of the tongue or the inside of the cheek, Occasionally located on the gums, Poorly defined area of blue-white spots or "pimples", Lines of lesions that form a lacy-looking network, Gradual increase in size of the affected area, Lesions occasionally form painful ulcers, Skin lesions: Usually located on the inner wrist, legs, torso, or genitals, Itchy, Symmetrical, Single lesion or...

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A physical examination may show yellowing of the skin, an enlarged and tender liver, or fluid in the abdomen (ascites) that can become infected.

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Hair transplant
During the recovery period after surgery, the scalp is often very tender. You may need to take strong pain medications by mouth for several days.

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