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after the surgery i had a cyst removed from my armpit eight months ago.one month after the surgery i have visited the surgeon again because of the pain, he adviced me to take some oral antibiotics and a cream.i have used them as per the direction.but stil

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Dr. John Fung
Dr. John Fung answered
General Surgery 39 years experience
From : From what you describe, you may have a condition called hidradenitis suppurativa (hs). It is non-contagious and recurrent; typically manifesting as a progression from single boil-like, pus-filled abscesses, or hard sebaceous lumps, to painful, deep-seated, often inflamed clusters of lesions with chronic seepage involving significant scarring. Medical management is recommended in early stages, whereas surgery should be performed as early as possible after the formation of abscesses, fistulas, scars, and sinus tracts. Medical treatment may include the following: local hygiene, weight reduction in patients who are obese, use of ordinary soaps and antiseptic and antiperspirant agents (eg, 6.25% aluminum chloride hexahydrate in absolute ethanol), application of warm compresses, wearing loose-fitting clothing, medical anti-inflammatory or antiantiandrogen therapy such as tetracycline, intralesional triamcinolone, or finasteride surgery is principle treatment for chronic hs. Wide surgical excision, with margins well beyond the clinical borders of activity, remains the most definitive surgical therapy. Surgery has been considered a curative treatment, while recurrence rates may be lower with surgery that is more aggressive, recurrences can occur. After radical excision, the disease recurred in 33% of the patients.
Dr. Terence Banich
General Surgery 53 years experience
I : I suspect you have a chronic infection of the sweat glands called hidadenitis suppuritivia. There is a hereditary component to this condition due to keratin formation at the skin opening of the sweat glands. Antiperperants further block the gland opening.

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