6 causes and coverings of gynecomastia or « man boobs »


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2. It’s related to drug abuse

WebMD downplays the importance of the condition as « normal » in many boys and men (70% of boys develop gynecomastia during puberty), but he says certain lifestyles may increase the risk.

Medications that can cause the illness range from prescription anxiety and depression medications to street drugs, such as marijuana and heroin, according to the source. Alcohol can also be a culprit, he adds.

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3. It could be male breast cancer

While breast cancer is another disease widely associated with women, it can also occur in men (although much less frequently). Breast cancer is obviously a serious disease in itself, but it can also cause cases of gynecomastia, according to the United States National Library of Medicine.

The post also notes that only 1% of gynecomastia cases are attributed to male breast cancer. It can often be difficult for healthcare professionals to tell the difference between hormonal development in the breast and that caused by cancer. Bottom line: get yourself verified.

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4. Ibuprofen during puberty helps

WebMD notes that although teenage gynecomastia going through puberty usually doesn’t need drastic treatments, your teen can use ibuprofen (Advil) to control swelling and pain.

The source also mentions ice packs as a drug-free alternative to pills. However, he notes that it usually takes 2 to 3 years after the development of gynecomastia for the breast to return to normal in post-puberty adolescents.

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