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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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I have had a hard lump under my armpit for about 3 years and I have hidradenitis suppurativa. The lump is small, no pain and has not grown in size.

I have had a hard lump under my armpit for about 3 years and I have hidradenitis suppurativa. The lump is small, no pain and has not grown in size.

Show your doctor: When you see your doctor next, show this to her. It may be a good idea to get rid of rather than watch and wait. If it is a benign lipoma it can grow. If it is scar tissue from previous abscesses, she can remove it. If it bothers you or looks unsightly have it removed. ...Read more

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Hard sore lump under armpit,when I touch it it hurts and my armpit is usually sore,noticed it yesterday ?

Hard sore lump under armpit,when I touch it it hurts and my armpit is usually sore,noticed it yesterday ?

Some possibilities: Pain in the armpit can be from the skin, the muscles, the lymph nodes, the ribs, etc... The best person to see first is the primary care doctor, who can then refer to a specialist if he is not able to diagnose and solve the problem. A lump can be a cyst, a lymph node, an infected oil gland in the skin, a skin abscess, etc... (so a doctor should take a look). ...Read more

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I have a large hard lump under my armpit very sore and red hurts to lift it has got bigger in couple days now worried what is it?

I have a large hard lump under my armpit  very sore and red hurts to lift it has got bigger in couple days now worried what is it?

Likely skin abscess: Your description sounds like a skin abscess related to a hair follicle in the arm pit. You should see a regular doctor for further evaluation. It may need to be drained and oral antibiotics. ...Read more

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I have had a hard painless lump under my armpit for about 8 months. I just noticed that it has gotten slightly larger. Should I be concerned?

Yes, see your doctor: This sounds like it is a lymph node. Its painless swelling can be caused by several things, including infections like mono or HIV, or cancers like leukemia or breast cancer. You should get in to see your doctor to have it checked out ASAP. ...Read more

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I have a hard lump under my right armpit but not near where i shave, it is very painful and uncomfortable.... What do you think it is?

Swollen node/gland: Lymph nodes are part of chains connected by lymph vessels. Infection/immune problems along a chain cause nodes to become inflamed/enlarged. Underarm nodes are connected to breast nodes so breast infection/tumors (sometimes cancer) and can react. Hidradenitis suppurtiva is a disorder of apocrine (sweat) glands causing underarm inflammation and pain. Get an exam to for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Hard lump under the arm (armpit) very painful, difficult to move my arm up and down. no insurance i need help. ?

You need : To be seen like at a clinic even at a Walgreens or other drugstore where antibiotics can be prescribed. It is possible you have an abscess that need drainage. For now buy Domeboro and dissolve a packet on water and apply soaks to your armpit for 15 minutes 3 times a day. Along with antibiotics may save you from needing drainage.Best ...Read more

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Have a hard red lump under l armpit. There are also reddened areas on l side . R side is clear. What kind of md do I see ? I was wondering what kind of md to see for evaluation. Do i see a dermo? A gyno? Pcp? I have been shaving and using deodorant an

Without : Without examining you, it's difficult to say exactly what it is. There are many common things that a hard, red lump in the armpit skin could be such as: - inflammed lymph node - ingrown hair - sebaceous cyst - abscess or boil (infection) - folliculitis (infection of the hair follicle) if it is painful, enlarging, or if you are suddenly noticing more, give your doctor a call. You should start with your pcp first since they treat a wide variety of problems and you are more likely to be able to see them sooner than a gynecologist or dermatologist. Odds are, they'll be able to treat you. If they think you should see a specialist, they'll let you know. ...Read more

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Hard pea size lump under my armpit have stayed the same over 10 years, just noticed became slightly bigger but no pain, its moveable under the skin.

Hard pea size lump under my armpit have stayed the same  over 10 years, just noticed became slightly bigger but no pain, its moveable under the skin.

Sounds like a cyst: Sounds like a cyst. These can easily be removed in a local outpatient setting. Consult with a dermatologist and they can explain to you what it take to get it removed. Good luck. Dr. Kosari ...Read more