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What dose it mean when u have a bump under your armpit and white pus and blood comes out of it and smells real bad?

What dose it mean when u have a bump under your armpit and white pus and blood comes out of it and smells real bad?

See a doctor: This can mean nothing very good. There are several possibilities and all will require professional attention. Good luck. ...Read more

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Pus (Definition)

Pus consists of white blood cells that have "eaten" bacteria and then died. You find pus resulting after an infection has established itself and the pus is a product of the body's immune ...Read more


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I have had painful bumps under both armpits for a month. The swellings have not subsided but there is no pus or discharge. What is this condition?

I have had  painful bumps under both armpits for a month. The swellings have not subsided but there is no pus or discharge.   What is this condition?

Infection?: See your doctor re possible infection. Sometimes antiperspirant with alum salt may cause this problem also and you should find an alternative if your antiperspirant does have this drying agent. (Have I answer this question before?) ...Read more

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Why do I have small pus bumps in my arm? Its not under my armpits just on arms.

Why do I have small pus bumps in my arm? Its not under my armpits just on arms.

Pus?: If truly pus, then you probably have a transient infection of the hair follicles called folliculitis. But if you're talking about small, hard bumps with a tiny amount of a waxy substance in them, especially on your upper arms and have chronic dry skin, then this might be the benign hyperkeratosis pilaris, which can respond to exfoliation and regularly using a good moisturizer. ...Read more

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I have had a bump just in the corner of my armpit which has been very painful and now, pus has started to come out which is really smelly.

I have had a bump just in the corner of my armpit which has been very painful and now, pus has started to come out which is really smelly.

Abscess: You need to see a doctor, have this cultured, perhaps undergo incision and drainage if it has not completely drained yet, and may need specific antibiotics. Do not wait, go now. ...Read more

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I have a bump in my armpit I have to pop it to keep it from hurting and a bunch of pus all ways comes out. What could this be ?

I have a bump in my armpit I have to pop it to keep it from hurting and a bunch of pus all ways comes out. What could this be ?

Abscess: Most likely an infected gland. Either a sweat gland or sebaceous cyst. You should be seen by a doctor and get treatment. It may require a surgical removal to cure it. ...Read more

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I have non itchy red bumps all over my torso, in my armpits, etc. sporadic, 19 total. Doesn't seem to be a bug bite, no pus, husband doesn't have any?

I have non itchy red bumps all over my torso, in my armpits, etc. sporadic, 19 total. Doesn't seem to be a bug bite, no pus, husband doesn't have any?

Pityriasis Rosea?: Do you recall where the rash started? Pityriasis Rosea is characterized by a symmetrical rash that usually begins with a "herald patch." The herald patch is an oval, fawn-colored patch that precedes the generalized eruption. Google images for Pityriasis Rosea--see if that's what you look like. The cause is unknown, and requires no treatment. Should resolve in a few months. Not infectious ...Read more

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My 16 yr old dght has pus filled bumps on her armpit that are pus filled on abx. They r draining. No fever. No othersx. Please advise?

My 16 yr old dght has pus filled bumps on her armpit that are pus filled on abx. They r draining. No fever. No othersx. Please advise?

Hidradenitis?: She may have hidradenitis suppurativa, which is recurrent / prolific small abscesses within the axilla. Her dr should recheck for resolution, and if recurs, send her to a surgeon for consultation. ...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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Drainage (Definition)

Fluid coming out of an open area or wound. This can be infected ...Read more


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