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Armpit Sweat Gland Infection
Was given bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) for sweat gland infection in arm pit two days ago. Chance I can get aseptic meningitis or bad reaction? Please reply
Minimal: It is likely you would have had any serious reaction or developed some other complications by now. I hope the infection is clearing up and that you are feeling better. If you have any questions about your ongoing symptoms let your doctor or health tap know. Your pharmacist will be a good resource for your concerns. ...Read more
Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more
Can you get an enlarged sweat gland in the armpit? Feels like a lump under the surface of the skin. How long should it stay there?
Yes but...: This could be plugged hair follicle, but this usually presents as a painful bump on the surface of the skin, although it can sometimes feel like it is under the skin. This could also be an enlarged lymph node. Your doctor should be able to examine you and explain if this is anything to be concerned about. ...Read more
Exam: Good question! Often it is difficult for a patient to know the difference between a suspicious mass in the axilla (armpit) and an obstructed or infected sweat gland or hair follicle. If it is red or has a discharge suspect infection and use warm compresses and antibiotics. If it is hard and non-tender it could be serious. See your doctor for an exam. ...Read more
What is it when you get bumps under your arm in armpit, when they are squeezed black stuff or gray stuff come out. I read about clogged sweat gland?
Cysts: This dsecribes cysts which may become infected if they are squeezed. The best option is to remove the area permanently with a minor procedure in the office with a dermatologist. ...Read more
My armpit is sore each morning when I get out of bed. Had swollen sweat gland in the past but never any burning... Which is a new symptom. Help!
Please see: Please see your dermatologist for evaluation and to discuss treatment options. This way you can get the best treatment and your questions answered to your satisfaction. ...Read more
Yes, & other things: Armpit (axilla) lump under the skin could be a clogged sweat gland; also could be a lymph node enlarged due to infection in area that it drains, such as any part of the upper extremity down to the fingernail; of course those nodes also drain the breast and chest wall in the area, which could be from infection or cancer. Lymphoma would be also very serious. If it's two months, time to see your pcp. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
After a strenuous workout, etcc...Next day I noticed bump on armpit. It's painful when touched, not red. Sweat gland, boil or lymph node? I did not wear deodorant during workouts.
It could be: Any of the three you mentioned but most likely folliculitis. The gland at the root of the hair is clogged and is not able to express the secretion and swell up and get infected. You may need antibiotics and warm compress. Your doctor should be able to tell you when he sees it. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Clogged sweat gland or lymphoma? Small painful lump in armpit, close to skin, slightly red. Remarkably smaller after a few days. No other symptoms.
Lymphoma unlikely: Lymphomas are usually painless. Painful lump means some infection and you should talk to primary care doctor (pcp) and examined in pcp office. If needed, dermatology referral. Watch for fever, weight loss, night sweats which are usually associated with lymphoma. Fever can be associated with infections also and painful swellings. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How can you tell if its a swollen sweat gland or lymp node under arm? Its tender and swollen. How do you tell what it is?
Hard to distinguish: It could be a cyst or a swollen node. May need medical assessment to distinguish the two. ...Read more
Had a infected sweat gland drained 2 weeks ago now I have a cord sticking out from underarm where the sweat gland was. Very painful to lift arm?
Keep follow up:
Sorry to hear you are feeling poorly. Sounds like you had an abscess drained and possibly your doctors packed the wound to allow it to continue to drain? Some pain is normal after this procedure but is your pain getting worse? Are you doing the dressing changes? Is it still draining pus? If you haven't followed up with your doctor since the drain, I think you should as soon as possible. ...Read more
I had a boil under the left arm I did a surgery on oct last year and the doc remove my sweat gland but present the boil appears again?
Boils: Apparently staphylococcus bacteria are colonizing your armpit making you susceptible to recurrent boils. Sometimes a course of a potent antistaphyloccus antibiotic for 10 to 14 days is needed to eradicate these bacteria colonizing your skin. Discuss this with your physician if further boils occur. ...Read more
Given bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) for infected sweat gland in arm pit, this ok? Worried about possible side effects. And how long does it take to work?
Bacterial sensitivit: You seem to have an infected lymph node. Statistically the most common organism is staph. Aureus which is killed by a penicillin class antibiotic. If your swelling is going down quickly great; if not then you have to get a new antibiotic and get the lymph node incised and drained if possible by a breast surgeon or gynecologist. ...Read more
IHI I'm having allot problems with boils under my arm and keep coming back had them. Lance and antibiotic and stop shave and deodorant and keep coming back under the same arm what doctor do I need see maybe have my sweat gland remove?
General surgeon: It sounds like you have a problem called hydratinitis suppurativa and general surgeons can usually help best with this. ...Read more
Painless lump in underarm. Dr thought hair follicle or sweat gland. Put me on 2000 mg keflex. No lymph modes in arm. Is that why such a high dose?
Stop Keflex: No possibility of any benefit from any antibiotic, only risks of bad effects. Probably no need to treat. See a dermatologist if it annoys you. If it grows larger it needs to be checked: suggest a different place. Usually this will be a small cyst in the acne family. If it becomes painful or larger then other things need be considered. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not sweating: Or boils. The one that is not sweating is a neurological problem I'm not sure can be fixed. The other problem is treated by soaking with warm domeboro soaks and antibiotics and drainage if necessary. Sometimes it can be bad enough to require a daily antibiotic for awhile. If you have this problem you should see your doctor for the treatment that best fits the severity ...Read more
I have a slight dome like lump under both armpits. Doc has checked and said is normal. Could they be sweat glands or is it something else?
Armpits: Could be sweat glands, symmetric fat distribution, or other -- would recommend an ultrasound to verify a benign, non-worrisome diagnosis. ...Read more
Can sweat glands be felt under armpit in thin and skinny people? How do they feel (texture)? And should you worry if you feel them?
Get derm consult: Sweat glands usually not palpable. See dermatologist! ...Read more