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Why would a lymph node enlarge under the armpit in a female?

Why would a lymph node enlarge under the armpit in a female?

"foreigner": Lymph nodes are processing centers for the immune system that are designed to trap anything that is "foreign" in our bodies such as bacteria, viruses, or cancer cells. Therefore, we search for any of these possibilities, which may include tests such as a mammogram, ultrasound, and/or mri. Ultimately, if our concern is high, a nonsurgical lymph node biopsy may be performed. ...Read more

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Axilla (Definition)

Area of human body directly under the joint where the shoulder connects to the arm. It contains axillary vessels, brachial nerve plexus, lymph nodes & vessels, axillary ...Read more


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Can touching and poking a lymph node in armpit cause it to swell and become painful?

Yes indeed: If you poke often enough and firmly enough, the area will definitely become tender and probably swollen. If you can't feel an obvious large lump by very light pressure, then nothing is wrong -- don't keep trying. Anyway, there are very few illnesses that cause lymph node enlargement as the only symptom. If you otherwise feel well, there's no point in looking for lymph nodes. ...Read more

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What does it mean when I have sharp random pains in the lymph node area of my armpit?

What does it mean when I have sharp random pains in the lymph node area of my armpit?

mult possibilities: There are many possible causes of pain in the axilla (armpit). Could be from strenuous activity, leading to muscle strain in the region, or could be from trauma. Sometimes you may not even remember bumping yourself in that region. Additionally, should be from a hair that was cut incorrectly or a pimple or a bump there. If does not resolve after a couple of weeks, see your md for an examination. ...Read more

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What to do if I had enlarged lymph node in armpit?

What to do if I had enlarged lymph node in armpit?

See your doctor: Most likely cause is reactive, meaning reacting to something. Also depends on how large. Other possibilities include such things as infection, malignant, inflammatory. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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I had a reactive lymph node under my armpit and biopsy came back benign.?

Lymph node: I see axillary reactive lymph nodes commonly in females who shave the area seems to be most common in warmer climates, not exclusively. Occasionally i see better results with cool water. ...Read more

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Very soft, gushy, moveable lymph node under left armpit. Its Been there 3 months & no change (1.5 cm) I'm an 18 y/o male. Should I be concerned?

Very soft, gushy, moveable lymph node under left armpit. Its Been there 3 months & no change (1.5 cm) I'm an 18 y/o male. Should I be concerned?

Probably not: But it never hurts to have things assessed by a professional. See your family doctor and let them make the decision about whether or not further testing is warranted. Good luck and best wishes. ...Read more

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Lymph node swelling in armpit, should I be concerned?

Monitoring Centers: Lymphatic system absorbs/carries things too big to go into the arteries/veins like bacteria eaten by white cells and digested food. Lymph nodes "taste" the lymph for anything bad like bacteria/viruses/cancers, etc. When it detects a problem, it alerts the immune system and your body reacts. They enlarge in response to the inflammation they create when they react. They shrink when all is well. ...Read more