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Dr. Marc Lewbart
Board Certified, Emergency Medicine
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Why would I keep getting repeating cysts under my armpit?

Why would I keep getting repeating cysts under my armpit?

Hidradenitis suppura: you may have a condition called hidradenitis suppurativa. It is most common on the underarms and groin. It affects the apocrine glands. Conservative early treatment involves Using ordinary soaps and antiseptic and antiperspirants. More severe or refractory cases may need surgical treatment ...Read more

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Cyst (Definition)

A cyst is a structure or mass that consists of a cellular lined sac. It is typically filled with fluid but may be filled with solid material. It can be congenital, traumatic, or acquired. They may develop nearly anywhere in the body and usually require complete excision for eradication or they are likely to recur. Fluid filled sacs that are not cellular lined ...Read more


Dr. Natalie Sieb
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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I have lump or cyst under my armpit been there for years no growth what should I do?

I have lump or cyst under my armpit been there for years no growth what should I do?

Leave it alone: As you have listed hidradenitis suppurativa as one of your medical conditions, I would make an educated guess that the lump you feel is related to that. This condition is known for the growth and presence of many kinds of benign cysts and sometimes abscesses. Sometimes the cysts can get infected and incision and drainage is needed. Otherwise there is no consistent treatment, but no need to worry. ...Read more

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Dr. Donald Shenenberger
Board Certified, Dermatology
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What is the best way to get rid of a cyst on my armpit?

Depends: If this is truly a cyst then sometimes surgically removing it is the best option. Injecting it with steroids can also help things like this to resolve. And if this is possibly infected then antibiotics may be necessary. Having this evaluated in person will be the safest option if it is bothering you. ...Read more

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Dr. Richard Schneider
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What doctor I should see for a painful cyst under my armpit?

What doctor I should see for a painful cyst under my armpit?

Cyst.: For a painful cyst under your armpit, try seeing your primary care doctor first. You may need an antibiotic. Your PCP may even be able to drain it for you if necessary. If you have recurrent painful swollen cysts, you may need to see a general surgeon to have them removed. ...Read more

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Dr. Amer Alame
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Pain in my armpit after the surgery i had a cyst on my armpit which was removed about seven months ago.Now i can see two small white coloured spots on the scar and the scar is still red.Sometimes experience a pain around the wound and also in my whole han

You : You should go back and see the surgeon who did your first surgery. There are many things this could be and the best option is to see the person who did your initial work. Most likely if the cyst they removed is normal tissue then this would be normal tissue or a recurrence of the cyst or it could be something new which your initial surgeon would be able to let you know. ...Read more

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Dr. Otto Placik
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Board Certified, Pathology
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I just attempted to pop a cyst in my armpit, and I felt/heard it pop backwards. Am I in any immediate danger? Is there a risk of sepsis?

I just attempted to pop a cyst in my armpit, and I felt/heard it pop backwards. Am I in any immediate danger? Is there a risk of sepsis?

No sepsis risk: If you already know of congenital heart disease or Osler-Weber-Rendu or a few others with a right-to-left shunt, this can be dangerous as a cause of brain abscess. Otherwise, relax. Your lung will dispose of the pus from the pimple. ...Read more

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Dr. Forrest Jones
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I found a lump/cyst in my armpit. It hurt the first day I noticed it, but has no pain since then. Now I have many more lumps/cysts. I'm *SLE* 28y/o F?

Get checked: You may have inflamed axillary (armpit) lymph nodes. Are you taking any immunosuppressive therapy, like methotrexate, prednisone or biologics (like rituximab)? These common therapies for systemic lupus erythematosis (SLE) can increase your risk for infection, which in turn can inflame the local lymph nodes. Do see your specialist for assessment. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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I've had a painful sebaceous cyst inside my armpit for 3 months now. It just recently ruptured & draining nonstop for 4 days straight, what can I do?

I've had a painful sebaceous cyst inside my armpit for 3 months now. It just recently ruptured & draining nonstop for 4 days straight, what can I do?

Let it stabilize: I'm sorry it ruptured. The keratin and/or sebum in the cyst promotes bacterial overgrowth and greatly interferes with healing. You should get with your physician now for possible antibiotic treatment; you may need surgery when things settle down. ...Read more

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Dr. Herbert Hoover
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Have a growth like a cyst under my armpit it is draining but it burst inside of me should I be worried about infection especially because of the joint?

Joint likely OK: If you are concerned about an infected cyst in your axilla, you should see your physician. If it burst inside of you, there must have been some trauma. You should not squeeze an axillary mass. The joint is deep to this area and is not likely to be at risk. ...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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