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What causes hairy armpits?

What causes hairy armpits?

Normal: All adults grow armpit hair along with pubic hair. The amount of hair is genetically determined, especially for men, and i'd be much more worried if an adult loses it. In the usa, most women and many men shave here. ...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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Often getting red bumps in armpit tender to touch look like pimples but not. Hairy armpits?

Often getting red bumps in armpit tender to touch look like pimples but not. Hairy armpits?

Folliculitis: Proper hygiene and keeping the area dry should help. It may be secondary to underarm products you are using which may be an allergy. ...Read more

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Pain under armpits?

Pain under armpits?

Not sure: The following are possible causes of armpit (axillary) pain: swollen lymph nodes, cysts, shingles, muscular pain (pectorallis) & allergic reactions. ...Read more

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Why did my armpits turn black?

Why did my armpits turn black?

Don't know but...: I'm sorry there was a delay answering. Please read up on acanthosis nigricans. If this is a match, get with your physician and determine whether it would be appropriate to look for an underlying illness to explain the change. ...Read more

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Is it ok for boys to shave their armpits?

Is it ok for boys to shave their armpits?

Yes: It's junior's preference. Be glad he's making his own choices and that you're prepared him for independence. Many, possibly most, hollywood fitness guys shave most or all of their visible body hair nowadays. I remember my swim teammates who had upper body hair shaving it all before meets -- it was less common than nowadays, but still done by some athletes. Fashions change and this is fine. ...Read more

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Why is my armpits dark ?

Why is my armpits dark ?

DARK ARMPITS: DARK ARMPITS CAN BE CAUSED BY SHAVING. THEY CAN ALSO OCCUR FROM THE USE OF UNDERARM DEODORANTS AND ANTIPERSPIRANTS. PERFUMES AND COLOGNES CAN ALSO CAUSE THIS TYPE OF HYPERPIGMENTATION. THERE IS ALSO A GLANDULAR CONDITION, CALLED ACANTHOSIS NIGRICANS,THAT CAN TRIGGER THIS. CHECK WITH A DERMATOLOGIST. ...Read more

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What causes the smell in armpits?

What causes the smell in armpits?

Bacteria: A moist environment is a breeding groundfor bacteria. Antiperspirants make the armpit dry so decrease the bacteria in that area. The odor comes from the byproducts of the bacteria. ...Read more

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Pain under armpit?

Pain under armpit?

Axillary Pain: There is little information here. Potential causes for armpit pain include inflamed lymph nodes, cysts, musculoskeletal injury, infection & nerve injury. However in some cases a cardiac event can have pain radiating to the axilla as one of the symptoms (which would require immediate intervention). ...Read more

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Itchy and burning armpits?

Itchy and burning armpits?

A challenging one: This is a tough one to try and respond to with just the limited information. My first thought might be something you are coming into contact with, deodorant, antiperspirant? You list "breast ops" in your past. Perhaps this may be due to lymphedema from those procedures. I would say you should address this with your doctor to start the process. ...Read more