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What would cause reoccurring swollen lymph nodes under your armpits?

What would cause reoccurring swollen lymph nodes under your armpits?

Lymphadenopathy: Studies show that approximately 1.1% of primary care patients presenting with lymphadenopathy have malignancy. The axillary lymph nodes drain the breast, chest wall and upper extremity. Lymphadenopathy that is persistent >3 weeks should be investigated. Most causes of axillary lymphadenopathy are reactive in nature. A full medical history and physical exam should be performed. ...Read more

Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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Enlarged Lymph Nodes (Definition)

Enlarged lymph nodes are a clinical finding in which the lymph nodes, which are parts of the immune system, are bigger than in a normal, healthy person. This can be caused by infections, cancers, ...Read more


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What would cause a swollen lymph node under right armpit? Day 2 of menstrual cycle.

What would cause a swollen lymph node under right armpit?  Day 2 of menstrual cycle.

Pac Man returns: Lymph nosed are destruction centers that take care of bacteria that have been captured(eaten) by white blood cells. The right armpit (axillary) area drains the right arm, neck and part of the right side of the head. The most common reason in females for a swollen lymph node is the inadvertent "nicking" of the skin while shaving the armpit area causing a localized infection. ...Read more

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Armpit swollen lymph nodes caused by shaving.. How long it'll take them to go away?

Difficult to say: There are several things to consider. It could be just run of the mill mild folliculitis...But there is also something called hydradinitis supperativa. The latter is more acne like and takes far long to treat and go away. For now..Stop shaving. Make sure you replace the razor frequently and sterilize it in chlorox or the like in between shaves. ...Read more

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What could be the cause for recurring swollen lymph nodes in armpit? Each time it gets swollen it goes away by itself. Is it a cause for concern?

What could be the cause for recurring swollen lymph nodes in armpit? Each time it gets swollen it goes away by itself. Is it a cause for concern?

Infection: Possible infection especially sweat glands, but if does go away next time see your doctor. A so if you r having recurrent problem u need chek up by ur doctor. ...Read more

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What are the causes of deep armpit lumps and swollen lymph nodes?

Many reasons: Multiple different problems could be causing swollen glands in the armpit ranging from infection to cancer. Persistent swollen glands need to checked by a physician. ...Read more

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What can I do for swollen lymph nodes under armpit?

What can I do for swollen lymph nodes under armpit?

See your doctor: If you haven't already done so, you should see your doctor to determine the best course of action for you. ...Read more

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Swollen lymph nodes under armpit, no other symptoms, 51 days since exposure. HIV ars? Please help!

See a doctor: And have the nodes examined..it could be many things but if it appears serious the doctor may want to biopsy it ...Read more

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Would swollen lymph nodes under armpit show up in a chest xray?

Would swollen lymph nodes under armpit show up in a chest xray?

Imaging studies: They might, but interpretation might be difficult depending upon their size. Ct scan would be much more valuable. ...Read more

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Periodic swollen lymph nodes under armpit. Tender to touch. Very small, can barely feel but it does hurt. 3rd occurrence. Different arms. ?

Periodic swollen lymph nodes under armpit. Tender to touch. Very small, can barely feel but it does hurt. 3rd occurrence. Different arms. ?

Hidradenitis: periodic swelling of glands in arm pit would be more clearly defined especially with relationship to causative factors such as a primary site of inflammation spreading to nodes. Also recurrence appearing at random at different sites and with glands so small they are difficult to palpate. Appears more likely to be inflammation of sweat glands in armpit possibly secondary to shaving. ...Read more

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How come I have swollen lymph nodes under my armpit?

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

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I have had reoccurring swollen lymph nodes under both armpits with no other symptoms. Could this be from deodorant? One will go away then come back.

I have had reoccurring swollen lymph nodes under both armpits with no other symptoms. Could this be from deodorant? One will go away then come back.

You R right: Avoid stick deodorant. Stop shaving that area. Soap and water to keep area clean. May need a short course of antibiotic. Once cleared .....preventive measures will help avoid recurrence. ...Read more

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Can you get swollen lymph nodes under your armpits from stick deodorant?

Yes: Some people react to deodorant as an irritant and others may be allergic to the contents of the deodorant stick. In either case body may react against the chemicals and that may result in local lymph gland enlargement. ...Read more

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Please can I get some advice?, I have an swollen lymph nodes under my armpit i didn't really care about it i don't know how to distinguish if it is movable, tender or hard?

Get evaluated: 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

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I'm worried about swollen lymph nodes under one armpit--i can't feel them but my doctor did?

Let your doctor guid: Your doctor can guide you further. Nodes are worrisome if they are hard to palpation and are more than one cm in size. So ask your doctor about what he/she thinks these are due to? If they are getting bigger a x-ray/scan or a biopsy may be needed if the doctor suspects that the nodes are diseased. ...Read more

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Should I be concerned about swollen lymph nodes under one armpit? I can't feel them but my doctor did?

Should I be concerned about swollen lymph nodes under one armpit? I can't feel them but my doctor did?

Continue following: It is more likely than not that the enlarged lymph node is benign. Unilateral lymph-node enlargement can be caused by a myriad of things that can stimulate the immune system such as animal scratch, a puncture wound in that hand or arm while gardening, a skin irritation on the arm or chest wall on that side. I recommend that you continue to let your doctor follow-up with you as he recommends. ...Read more

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Male. Swollen lymph nodes under both armpits, one hurts, one doesn't. Head cold symptoms. Otherwise, no fever, no other symptoms. Unprotectedoral sx?

Male. Swollen lymph nodes under both armpits, one hurts, one doesn't.  Head cold symptoms. Otherwise, no fever, no other symptoms.  Unprotectedoral sx?

Nodes: Please see your doctor. He/she will ask you a few questions, examine you, and order lab tests. Examining your lymph nodes is critical. Whether or not the doctor(s) will do anything to the nodules is not certain. Hope all goes well - please keep me informed. ...Read more

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How come I have swollen lymph nodes in left armpit?

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

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