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I have a lot of bruising under my armpits and legs. What can it be?

I have a lot of bruising under my armpits and legs. What can it be?

Bruising: Easy bruising is also referred to as purpura simplex. However, frequent and unexplained bruising can also be a sign of something more serious, such as a blood clotting disorder or a blood disease, so contact your health care provider to discuss your symptoms. ...Read more

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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I'm really worried about the bruise I got on my armpit it looks like a centipede does it mean im being sucked by centipede? Pls help,

I'm really worried about the bruise I got on my armpit it looks like a centipede does it mean im being sucked by centipede? Pls help,

Doubt it is: The bleeding in the axils can take many forms. I don't think there is a centipede there at all. You could have your physician clarify ...Read more

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I have a bruise like place in my armpit. It doesn't hurt and it hasn't gone away in the few months I've known it was there. What could cause this?

I have a bruise like place in my armpit. It doesn't hurt and it hasn't gone away in the few months I've known it was there. What could cause this?

Need to examine: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without taking additional history, and physical examination, however, it does not appear to be a serious issue. You may watch and wait. If the lesion gets bitter, it ulcerates, or discharge develops or more lesions appear, see a doctor.
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Practice safe sex, if you have sex.
Get HPV vaccine ...Read more

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I have woken multiple xs with bruises only on my armpits and feeling very dizzy throughout the day. What's wrong with me?

I have woken multiple xs with bruises only on my armpits and feeling very dizzy throughout the day. What's wrong with me?

See your doc asap!: You don't say how long you have had this, but either way, if you have taken any new medicines or supplements stop them now. See your doc to get checked as soon as possible, today would be great! Or call the office and ask to talk to your doc to see if tests can be ordered before you see him If your dizziness lasts more than a few seconds, time to go to the ER if can't get an appointment. ...Read more

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I have bruise lines on my inner thighs and also on my armpits. These lines are around 1/4 inch wide and 1.5 inches long. No Pain or Itch. Any Advice?

I have bruise lines on my inner thighs and also on my armpits. These lines are around 1/4 inch wide and 1.5 inches long. No Pain or Itch. Any Advice?

Straie?: Are you certain they are bruises? Straie, or stretch marks can often appear in the areas you have mentioned. They usually develop after periods of rapid weight change or with certain medical conditions of metabolism. They are usually slightly depressed, of dark red or purple color, are painless and do not change much in size or color. Treatment depends on the underlying cause. ...Read more

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What would cause severe itching under armpits and bruising around the diameter of the armpit?

What would cause severe itching under armpits and bruising around the diameter of the armpit?

Allergy?: If you have a rash, I would consider an allergy...Bruising is from scratching...Stop deodorant for a week, use Hydrocortisone and see what happens. If no relief, see a dermatologist. ...Read more

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I had blood work drawn about a week ago (only a small bruise) then the area became very painful yesterday (sharp pain all the way to my armpit?

I had blood work drawn about a week ago (only a small bruise) then the area became very painful yesterday (sharp pain all the way to my armpit?

See below: The most common complications of having blood drawn (venipuncture) are minor bruising and hematoma. Less common and potentially more serious complications include phlebitis (vein inflammation), cellulitis (tissue inflammation), and neuralgia (nerve inflammation/injury) all of which "may" require some form of specific treatment. Recommend seeking prompt medical evaluation for bothersome symptoms. ...Read more

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I have a bruise on my left arm close to the armpit this is the only bruise I have but it keeps coming back it fades then a few days later it is back i?

I have a bruise on my left arm close to the armpit this is the only bruise I have but it keeps coming back it fades then a few days later it is back i?

Bruise: Recommend seeing your primary care doctor to run complete blood work to determine cause of recurrent bruising, whether related to blood or medications or local lesion, etc. ...Read more

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Why when I get out of the shower my going to have to bruises underneath my left and right armpit? I have some on my back near my shoulders? I tried to get it off with warm water because it didn't look like the normal bruise but it kept reappearing

Why when I get out of the shower my going to have to bruises underneath my left and right armpit? I have some on my back near my shoulders? I tried to get it off with warm water because it didn't look like the normal bruise but it kept reappearing

Skin color changes: Hi Rachel229
Skin discoloration can happen after superficial bleeding caused by trauma, but it can also result from allergic responses (most common under your eyes) or from some forms of skin cancer (check with a practitioner if it persists) or some infections. So...maybe not a bruise, and I would suggest seeing your own practitioner. ...Read more

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I noticed that I had a random dark shaded bruise under my armpit and it stings a little and burns like a wound...Any idea what caused it?

I noticed that I had a random dark shaded bruise under my armpit and it stings a little and burns like a wound...Any idea what caused it?

Bruise? Trauma: Have you had any trauma? Do you paly with your boyfriend? Have you fallen. I am not sure this is important but would be good to know the cause. Sometimes a vein will rupture spontaneously.
Time should resolve this problem. ...Read more

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I've noticed red-ish bruises on my inner thighs and armpits but there's no pain. Recently started taking Seroquel (quetiapine). Should I be concerned?

I've noticed red-ish bruises on my inner thighs and armpits but there's no pain. Recently started taking Seroquel (quetiapine). Should I be concerned?

May be: Allergic reaction to any medicine usually causes Itchy skin rash all over the body, or spreads every where. However Groin and Axilla are warm and Moist area. Some times Infection starts here. E.g. Fungal infection=Yeast, or if you shave and use Anti antiperspirant in Axilla then bacterial infection is possibility.
Hope this helps, There is no substitute of contacting your treating Doctor. ...Read more

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I have an infection under my armpit that is very swollen, lumpy and red all around it. Along the hard swollen area is bruising. Any ideas?

I have an infection under my armpit that is very swollen, lumpy and red all around it. Along the hard swollen area is bruising. Any ideas?

Hidradenitis?: Likely skin abscess, perhaps complicated by spread of infection into an axillary (armpit) lymph node. If a chronic, ongoing problem, maybe hidradenitis suppurativa, an inflammatory problem not directly due to infection, although infection can complicate HA. Other possibilities as well. You need to see a doctor right away for diagnosis and probable antibiotic prescription. Good luck! ...Read more

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Left Lymph node under my armpit is swollen and painful and pain started down inner arm turned to bruising now it's in the right arm pit & innerarm?

Left Lymph node under my armpit is swollen and painful and pain started down inner arm turned to bruising now it's in the right arm pit & innerarm?

See your doctor: Or go to Urgent Care, this warrants examination as you may need Rx medications too. You can try HealthTap prime virtual consult, if you can't reach a doctor right now, best wishes ...Read more

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Had my blood drawn yesterday, Now I have a bit of a bruise and pain sore pain under my armpit. Is that normal?

Had my blood drawn yesterday, Now I have a bit of a bruise and pain sore pain under my armpit. Is that normal?

Must be rare.: Over 50 years I have never had a patient complain of this. So must be rare. ...Read more

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It feels like a bruise in my biceps muscle underneath my arm halfway between the armpit and elbow. When I press it, it feels like a small lump.

Maybe: NO history is available but this may be a bruise of sorts.
There may be a small vessel rupture and could have created a small lump called a hematoma. Have you looked to see if it appears bruised?
Also what have you been doing? Have you been playing hard or roughhousing. See your doc and see if he can help you with this. ...Read more

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Severe and burning pain under the left armpit on the ribs. Hurts w/ light touch, really bad pain when pushed on or twist. No visible bruise or rash.

Severe and burning pain under the left armpit on the ribs. Hurts w/ light touch, really bad pain when pushed on or twist. No visible bruise or rash.

Possibly shingles: Shingles starts out as a burning pain which is highly sensitive with no visible rash. The rash comes a few days later. You might also have some other type of infection. Shingles should be treated early with an antiviral to prevent scarring and neuralgia (nerve pain) that can be long-lasting. Please see your doctor. ...Read more

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Do lymph nodes bruise b4 u can feel them?! I have 1 on my chest on the right side, under my collar bone close to my armpit. Could something be wrong?

Do lymph nodes bruise b4 u can feel them?! I have 1 on my chest on the right side, under my collar bone close to my armpit. Could something be wrong?

Exam: Best to have an exam by your primary care provider. May not be a lymph node at all. It could be a cyst. Doesn't sound like an emergency to see the doctor, but within a few weeks or so should be OK. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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I have a cast on my foot and its causing severe pain and moving back and forth. Also the crutches are causing bruises on my armpits. Tips?

I have a cast on my foot and its causing severe pain and moving back and forth. Also the crutches are causing bruises on my armpits. Tips?

Recast..: Call the surgeon and explain the problem. It sounds like the cast is loose because the foot has shrunk. You also need to have the crutches sized to you and given some crutch training. The training is usually provided by the office staff or hard ware distributor. ...Read more

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Constant breast pain like I have a deep bruise or knot deep in my left armpit. Breasts are gen. Lumpy. Int sharp itchy burning pain. Exam in feb ok.?

Constant breast pain like I have a deep bruise or knot deep in my left armpit. Breasts are gen. Lumpy. Int sharp itchy burning pain. Exam in feb ok.?

Could be muscular: Rib pain can mimic breast pain. I see it all of the time. Intercostal rib pain, or costochondriitis can mimic breast pain. Your doctor should be able to distinguish between the 2. ...Read more

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Lymphnode on armpit randomly started hurting and causing bruising. With body aches and swollen tonsils. Worried I could have hiv.?

Lymphnode on armpit randomly started hurting and causing bruising. With body aches and swollen tonsils. Worried I could have hiv.?

Doubt HIV but see MD: HIV rarely causes enlargement or inflammation of a single lymph node. Your other symptoms go along with several viral infections, such as infectious mono and others. Acute HIV can do things like this, but is rare compared with other possibilities, especially if not at obvious high risk (IV drug use, sex with gay/bi men, etc). Easy bruising could be serious. See MD ASAP, but probably not HIV. ...Read more

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My hand under middle finger got cut bad. Next day from my hand to armpit is a narrow bruise and arm swollen and feels tight what to do?!?

My hand under middle finger got cut bad. Next day from my hand to armpit is a narrow bruise and arm swollen and feels tight what to do?!?

Medical attention: If your arm is swollen, please see your doctor right away. This might be early for an infection, but the arm needs to be evaluated SOONer. If there is fever, consider going to ER. ...Read more

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Bruise like pain when pressed, under very left side of left breast, more under armpit. I'm a lefty and use left hand to left majority of things.?

Bruise like pain when pressed, under very left side of left breast, more under armpit. I'm a lefty and use left hand to left majority of things.?

Muscular pain?: Most likely it is musculoskeletal pain and may be related to lifting heavy objects. I will advice to get it checked by your doctor to make sure there is nothing else going on and treat appropriately. Meanwhile take something for pain like Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Ibuprofen over the counter. ...Read more

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