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A 48-year-old male asked:

Today for the first time i felt a painful bump under my armpit. it is about the size of a pea bit is very tender?

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Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 63 years experience
Pustule: This is most likely an infected hair follicle. Apply warm compresses. If no improvement or if increase in swelling,redness,pain or drainage of pus, consult a physician for evaluation and treatment. In the meantime cover with gauge affixed with paper tape. Prevent contamination of surrounding area. You could also apply an antibacterial ointment like bacitracin.
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Dr. Lauren Bickel
Specializes in Family Medicine
Infection likely: A small tender area like you describe could be an abscess (treated with frequent warm compresses & possibly antibiotics & later drainage if needed) or a lymph node reacting to an infection in that area (would need a Dr exam to evaluate). Using warm compressed 10 mins every few hours would be reasonable to try for 1-2 days if no fever or severe pain, but call Dr if worse or no better
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Last updated Apr 6, 2020


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