I was reading through this forum because I have been experiencing dry, cracked nipples since maybe age 15. The dermatologist told me to use an antibiotic cream back then. I have continued to use regular cream but it is still there and the skin around the nipple is a little bit bumpy. 

I am now wondering, at age 26, why it did not go away and if it could possibly be the infection mentioned in the article. It does not bleed but sometimes the crusty part would fall off. Any advice or tips? I am unsure what to think.