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  • Unusual Male Breast Development

    Gynecomastia is the medical term for a usually benign development of the male's mammary gland to the female type. This is caused by an increase in mammary glands (and not in excess fatty tissue). Male enlarged breasts are usually harmless, but may lead to psychological and emotional problems for some men. Male breast development is possible on one breast or both breasts (usually on both breasts). Also the breast augmentation does not have to be symmetrical. For example, one breast may be larger than the other. Various hormonal and medical reasons cause gynecomastia.



    In adult men, breast tissue growth occurs due to various medical conditions including chronic liver disease ( cirrhosis ), renal failure (impaired or absent kidney function) and dialysis, low testosterone levels and some rare conditions such as genetic defects (Klinefelter syndrome), hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid gland) and tumors (especially adrenal glands , testes and pituitary gland). With tumors, the man often has unilateral breast growth and a hard, firm lump appears in the chest . The skin is also sore around the breast and finally a bloody discharge from the nipple (nipple discharge ). Finally, malnutrition and hunger also lead to gynecomastia because the testosterone level drops but the estrogen content remains stable.


    Medicines or medical treatments


    Some medicines and treatments cause breast growth in men. These include: anabolic steroids , anti- anxiety drugs (diazepam, valium), certain antibiotics , antifungal agents , radiation therapy to the testicles, heartburn and drugs against ulcers, chemotherapy for cancer , certain heart medications, drugs for the treatment of HIV infection , hormone medication for the treatment of prostate cancer or a prostate enlargement, herbs (lavender, tea tree oil, and dong quai), tricyclic antidepressants and certain dietary supplements. Checkout prominent home remedies for gynecomastia and male breast reduction.


    Hormonal changes in men


    Normal hormonal changes are the most common cause of breast development in newborns, boys and men. With an imbalance of estrogen (female hormone) and testosterone (male hormone) gynecomastia easily develops. Both hormones are present in the body of men. Some circumstances result in enlarged breasts in men. Sometimes changes occur in the number of hormones, causing the man to develop gynecomastia. It is also possible that the body uses these hormones differently or that the body reacts differently to these hormones, resulting in enlarged breasts in men.




    Exposure to estrogen from the mother gives the newborn a gynecomastia. More than half of young babies are born with enlarged breasts. These usually disappear within three to four weeks after birth. With some babies it even takes six months or even longer. Some newborns have breast development together with a milky discharge ( galactorrhea ). This condition usually lasts a few weeks, but in rare cases the symptoms last until the child is two years old.




    In teenagers, breast growth results from normal hormonal changes that occur during puberty. Fifty to seventy percent of boys develop breasts during puberty. This breast growth also usually disappears within approximately six months to two years.




    In men, hormonal changes occur as a result of aging, which may lead to breast development. This is more common in overweight men and in about one in four men who are fifty years of age and older.


    Treatment of breast growth or breast development in men


    Often a treatment is not required because the breast growth disappears spontaneously in newborns and adolescents. Pain killer sand cooling suits (cold packs) reduce any pain. The doctor does of course treat a possible (underlying) medical condition. He also looks at the current use of medication and the possible abuse of alcohol or drugs from the patient.


    With this information, the doctor is able to draw up an adapted medication and treatment schedule for the patient. In any case, the patient may not start experimenting with stopping medication himself, but must thoroughly discuss this with the doctor. Occasionally, hormone treatment is required that blocks the action of estrogen, and in rare cases breast reduction (surgery) is required. This happens especially if the breast growth is extreme, uneven and / or is painful or annoying.

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