Gynecomastia, the benign enlargement of male breast tissue, is a common occurrence in adolescents as well as in middle-aged and older men. While there are several reasons why men develop breast tissue, it is usually not a health concern, often resolves on its own, and is generally treatable, according to a clinical practice article appearing in the September 20 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine NEJM. The clinical practice article, a regular NEJM feature that focuses on a case history highlighting a common clinical problem, was authored by Glenn D. Braunstein, M. Gynecomastia is characterized by the presence of a rubbery or firm mass extending concentrically from the nipples.
What is gynaecomastia?
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Regular exposure to everyday products used by many people may be causing young men to grow breasts, a new study from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences suggests. This coincides with exposure to tea tree oil, commonly used as an "alternative" antiseptic, and lavender oil, used in "aromatherapy" or as an alternative sleep aid. Several boys, some as young as four, developed breast tissue after being exposed to the oils, leading to an investigation of the link some years ago. However, if you think you can escape them because you don't go in for these kinds of alternative treatments, the oils are also found in soaps, lotions, hair products, cologne, shampoos, and laundry detergents. Researchers examined the link between the oils and abnormal breast development by looking at component chemicals within the oils.
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Full disclosure: Writing about how lavender essential oil can make you grow man boobs has turned me into a hypochondriac. And if I have to live with this knowledge, so do you. Puberty is by far the most prevalent cause of man boobs: One-half of adolescent boys will experience gynecomastia , with peak onset between the ages of 13 and Even still, this brief experience with gynaecomastia can be especially debilitating for young men. Steroids are also particularly troublesome: Studies found that a whopping 52 percent of patients who regularly use anabolic steroids experience gynecomastia.
With gynecomastia, tissue inside the breast glands grows. This can cause female-appearing breasts. Gynecomastia guy-nuh-koh-MAS-tee-uh is swelling of the breast tissue in boys or men, caused by an imbalance of the hormones estrogen and testosterone. Gynecomastia can affect one or both breasts, sometimes unevenly. Newborns, boys going through puberty and older men may develop gynecomastia as a result of normal changes in hormone levels, though other causes also exist.