Embarassing nipple question

Over the past month or two, I've gradually phased out breastfeeding. I don't think DS has nursed at all for about a week now. Here's the question: My nipples have been super-itchy. They're a bit red and rashy looking too. Could this somehow be related to quitting breastfeeding? Or is it possibly something like thrush? Should I use lotion or something?
I wonder if it's like your nipples going back to normal you know like when a soar starts to heal and it's really itchy but I don't know I only breast fed for a few weeks with son number 1

Never happened to me when I weaned. I say it's worth giving your doc a call.
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If they're itchy and burn-y feeling, it's probably a yeast overgrowth (thrush). Since you're no longer nursing, you could try just putting a little bit of Monistat cream on them. If it's yeast, they should start feeling better right away.
There's no burny feeling, just itchy. It's been better the past day or two. I think I'll try to wait it out a little longer and see what happens; I got no time to go to the doctor.

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