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what does a painful lump in your armpit mean

A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Velma Scantlebury
40 years experience Transplant Surgery
May not be cancer: Breast cancer usually does not present with pain and swelling in most cases. Pain in armpit may be related to some nearby infection in hair follicle o ... Read More
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Dr. Devon Webster
22 years experience Medical Oncology
Possibly IBC: Inflammatory breast cancer occurs suddenly with breast pain, redness, or swelling. It is very fast-growing and spreads quickly. It looks like an infe ... Read More
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Dr. Myron Arlen
64 years experience Surgical Oncology
Infiltrating duct: All carcinomas of the breast will eventually metastasize or spread to the axilla. Intraductal lesions in the process of converting are within the duc ... Read More

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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
52 years experience Rheumatology
Infection: I is likely an area of infection or localized abscess such as a boil or an infected sweat gland. See a doctor.
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Dr. David Rosenfeld
27 years experience Pain Management
Armpit lump: Armpit lumps are very common and are normally caused by a swollen lymph node or gland under the armpit. However, there are many other causes for armpi ... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gregory LaMorte
42 years experience Periodontics
Cyst?: There are few possibilties. See a dermatologist to examine you and recommend treatment.
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kevin Carr
20 years experience Internal Medicine
This is probably...: Probably an enlarged lymph node (which would be present if there was a local infection such as an ingrown hair). Could also be a boil (which is collec ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stanley Alexander
62 years experience Rheumatology
Arm pit lump: Most likely would be an inflammed sweat gland. Probably its infected. For treatment: use a topical antibiotic and do not use anti-perspirant type deod ... Read More
A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mary Efremov
43 years experience Internal Medicine
Infected node ?: We all have lymph nodes in the armpits. These can get infected. Nodes that swell can mean various things so seeing a physican is useful..They will che ... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
33 years experience Pediatrics
Doctor can examine: Lumps in the armpit skin of a young adult can be due to ingrown hairs or blocked oil (sebaceous) glands. If a lump hurts, it may be infected and would ... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
56 years experience Infectious Disease
Lymphadenopathy: This is most likely an enlarged lymph node in reaction to an inflammation in its area of drainage. Also might be an abscess. Cancer is far less likely ... Read More
A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. PHILLIP KIM
15 years experience General Practice
Mutliple: Could be infection to the hair follicle like an abscess formation, inflammatory cyst, and/or irritated and enlarged lymph node. Have your doc take a ... Read More
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A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jovita Anyanwu
30 years experience Internal Medicine
Could: be an abscess, less likely a cyst or lymph node. See a doctor for evaluation and treatment

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