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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?

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

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 a small, pea sized, hard, painless lump underneath my right armpit. Do I have anything to worry about? (Male 16

I have a small, pea sized, hard, painless lump underneath my right armpit. Do I have anything to worry about? (Male 16

Armpit lump: A hair follicle or lymph node may present as a lump. If it does not change in size most likely you do not have to see a doctor. If concerned make an appointment for thorough history. ...Read more

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I'm a 20 year old female, and have noticed a hard, painless pea-sized lump in my armpit. It's been there for two years or so now, what should I do?

I'm a 20 year old female, and have noticed a hard, painless pea-sized lump in my armpit. It's been there for two years or so now, what should I do?

Lump: What you describe does not sound to be dangerous, not anything like cancer, since it has been asymptomatic and stable for 2 years. If you want to have it removed you can see a general surgeon or a family physician, most of whom are able to do simple excisions. The doctor may then advise to send it for a pathology report to know specifically what it is. ...Read more

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I found a small painless, hard lump in my breast / armpit area. No history of breast cancer in family. I'm not able to manipulat it. Mainly in breast.

I found a small painless, hard lump in my breast / armpit area. No history of breast cancer in family. I'm not able to manipulat it. Mainly in breast.

Need to examine: If is not feasible to know what you are feeling. You may be feeling a rib rather than a mass in the breast. It would be prudent to see your doctor for an evaluation.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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I have an Immovable, painless, hard lump in my right armpit and sore nipples for a week during which I felt very exhausted and hungry. What could it be?

I have an Immovable, painless, hard lump in my right armpit and sore nipples for a week during which I felt very exhausted and hungry. What could it be?

Hard armpit lump: I recommend you see a doctor right away for a good physical exam. It is impossible to advise you here on what you describe. It could be nothing and it could be something important. Best of luck to you! ...Read more

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Hard lump in armpit. Hurts. I finally squeezed it yesterday &whitish green liquid came out then some blood. It keeps filling up again. What do I do?

Hard lump in armpit. Hurts. I finally squeezed it yesterday &whitish green liquid came out then some blood. It keeps filling up again. What do I do?

Hydradeniitis: This sounds like a condition some people develop that can be long lasting and recurrent. It can involve both armpits. Proper diagnosis and treatment helps.
Of course, this may be a one time skin infection.Either way, see your doctor. ...Read more

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24 year old female. Discomfort in left breast. Movable and slightly painful lump on left side. Had small lump in armpit that hurt and moved around. After two weaks, lump in armpit spread vertically, and has a thin painful hard line that goes to elbow?

24 year old female. Discomfort in left breast. Movable and slightly painful lump on left side. Had small lump in armpit that hurt and moved around. After two weaks, lump in armpit spread vertically, and has a thin painful hard line that goes to elbow?

Probably: An infected lymph node in the axilla, lymphadentis, you need to see your doctor for assessment, or a surgeon, you may very well need antibiotics, meanwhile, use some warm compresses, rest and pain killers till seen, all the best ...Read more

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Swollen lymph nodes in neck and a hard, movable lump in armpit. Normal CBC from one week ago. Any idea what it can be? Very anxious right now.

Swollen lymph nodes in neck and a hard, movable lump in armpit. Normal CBC from one week ago. Any idea what it can be? Very anxious right now.

See details: Numerous issues can cause lymph node enlargement but the hard mass in the armpit does give one cause for concern. Without knowing your history and being able to examine the areas involved, it is difficult to give specific advice. However, I would urge a complete evaluation including ct scan if this persists. ...Read more

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How to treat armpit lump?

Get medical checkup: Armpit lumps can be due to infection or due to cancer. So be sure to get yourself a medical examination by a reliable physician who can help you to diagnose and treat this problem soon. ...Read more

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Small movable lump in armpit that dr says has gone down in size. But I've had it for 3 months. Should I worry? She says she's not worried.

Small movable lump in armpit that dr says has gone down in size. But I've had it for 3 months. Should I worry? She says she's not worried.

Lymphadenopathy: The doctor examining you is in the best position to make these decisions. Lymph nodes enlarge when they are doing what they are there for, fighting inflammation, and have some characteristics that can only be assessed by examining them. That is what your doctor is trained to do and she should be listened to. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Pea sized lump in armpit. How do I remove this?

Surgical excision: Most small lumps in the armpit, particularly if superficial, are sebaceous cysts due to a damaged hair follicle. Unless they become large and bothersome, most sebaceous cysts can be left alone. The most important thing is to have the lump examined by a qualified health care professional to make sure that it is indeed most likely a sebaceous cyst and not something of more concern. ...Read more

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What would experts say? Could a cancerous lump in armpit be painful if cancer?

What would experts say? Could a cancerous lump in armpit be painful if cancer?

It may be: Yes cancerous lumps can be painful in the armpit but a lump in the armpit is usually due to infected gland, and rarely cancerous. ...Read more

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Breast and armpit lump and pain, what to do?

Breast and armpit lump and pain, what to do?

Get evaluation: Lumps involving breast/ arm pit should be medically evaluated. Take care. ...Read more

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What to do if I have breast and armpit lump and pain?

What to do if I have breast and armpit lump and pain?

Exam and mammogram: Hello, if you have a new breast lump, it needs to be evaluated by your primary doctor and you may need a mammogram or ultrasound for evaluation. If it is truly a new hard lump it needs to be biopsied, but pain by itself may not be anything worrisome. Some cancers cause pain, others don't, so pain is not a very reliable symptom. ...Read more

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What does a cancer-related armpit lump feel like?

Like a lump: I am not trying to be funny but often you cannot tell malignant vs. Non-malignant masses. Inflammed nodes are sometimes tender but don't depend on that. If you have palpable masses under the armpit, have 'em checked. Best to you. ...Read more

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I've had a armpit lump for 4+ years. It gets bigger then when I change diet It gets smaller. Been itching alittle. Do I have lymphoma? Been worried.

I've had a armpit lump for 4+ years. It gets bigger then when I change diet It gets smaller. Been itching alittle. Do I have lymphoma? Been worried.

Lymphoma unlikely: It is not feasible to say what it is, without examining you. However, if it has been there for 4 years and no other lumps have appeared, it is highly unlikely to be lymphoma. You should consult a doctor any way. ...Read more

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8 year old boy lump in armpit about the size of a large grape. Painful to the touch says it hurts to put his arm down on it. It feels soft and easilly moveable. Should I be worried? Due to the holiday cannot get him into doc until after! He has no other s

8 year old boy lump in armpit about the size of a large grape. Painful to the touch says it hurts to put his arm down on it. It feels soft and easilly moveable. Should I be worried? Due to the holiday cannot get him into doc until after! He has no other s

Possibly inflamed: Lymph node, due to an infection in his arm or upper torso on that side, you can use warm compresses and pain killers, till you see his doctor, if it gets rather worse or new symptoms develop, kindly go to ER or urgent care ...Read more

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Palpable armpit lump 10 days now. Started painful and red. Doesn't hurt now but still there. Healthy otherwise. Cancer?

Palpable armpit lump 10 days now. Started painful and red. Doesn't hurt now but still there. Healthy otherwise. Cancer?

Local infection: It is common for a hair follicle to get infected here. Cancers do not start this abruptly and they do not start painful or red like infections do. An infected hair follicle leaves a lump of healing tissue over several weeks. ...Read more

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I have axillary soft lump in armpit frm 2yrs, frm 1year thrs a great discmfrt in arm, NT alwys, couple of days in a mnth. Pls teme d reasn fr arm pain?

Axillary Lump: Lumps in the armpit (axilla) are common and can most often be due to inflamed lymph nodes or cystic abscess like lesions. Get an evaluation since it has been years you are dealing with this issues. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Can starting a new birth control medication cause a armpit lump?

That should not: Be causing a lump in the armpit. An armpit lump can be an enlarged lymph node, a cyst or an inflamed hair follicle (possibly from shaving). Have it checked by your doctor to be sure of the diagnosis and treatment. If it's painful or red, you can apply warm compresses until it can be seen. ...Read more

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I have been very fatigued not feeling well i. Found a lump in armpit, not red or painful. Should I be worrie?

I have been very fatigued not feeling well i. Found a lump in armpit, not red or painful. Should I be worrie?

Fatigue: I would first ask how long you have been feeling fatigued. Also have you had any weight loss or loss of appetite. Depending upon where in the armpit your referring to the tail of the breast resides there. I would urge you to seek medical attention. Your physician will want to know how long you have had this long also answers to the questions I asked above. I urge you to seek care. ...Read more

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One tonsil slightly bigger than the other, congestion, itch over body, lump in armpit. Could this be lymphoma? I'm really worried

One tonsil slightly bigger than the other, congestion, itch over body, lump in armpit. Could this be lymphoma? I'm really worried

Med-check up: If you have a lump in the armpit, it needs medical examination by a physician to confirm that it is real and of a size that may need a biopsy. Any lump that is growing over a period of time requires examination by a medical professional and a biopsy to check for the cause, which can be a lymphoma or other conditions like infection and occasionally a cancer, although it is unlikely at your age. ...Read more

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Had a lump in armpit 3 days ago which is shrinking but I alsofelt two hardened swollen tube like structure which pains wen pressed. What is it?

Mass in Axilla: The Axilla is a complex anatomical structure. Has a pyramidal form, At the apex, jointly pass: Artery, Vein, Lymphatics. And the nerve Brachial Plexus. The lymphatic system collects the drainage from the the entire arm, the side of the chest including the lateral aspect of the BREAST. Important for CA staging., Inflammatory response could induce swelling of lymph nodes, tender, pain, then shrink. ...Read more

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Small lump in armpit that moves position when I put my arm up or down. Dr says swollen lymph node and don't worry, but it's been there for 3 months?

Small lump in armpit that moves position when I put my arm up or down. Dr says swollen lymph node and don't worry, but it's been there for 3 months?

Your doctor's right: Almost certainly. Leave it alone. I'm going to assume it's freely movable and not fixed to surrounding structures. Many people your age have these. If it's anything nasty, it would have declared itself. I trust you do not have a dominant breast lump or obvious illness that you're ignoring. ...Read more

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Could an armpit lump under the skin be a clogged sweat gland? I've had it for 2+ months.

Could an armpit lump under the skin be a clogged sweat gland? I've had it for 2+ months.

Yes, & other things: Armpit (axilla) lump under the skin could be a clogged sweat gland; also could be a lymph node enlarged due to infection in area that it drains, such as any part of the upper extremity down to the fingernail; of course those nodes also drain the breast and chest wall in the area, which could be from infection or cancer. Lymphoma would be also very serious. If it's two months, time to see your pcp. ...Read more

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27 yrs female, having small lump in armpit for two days. It pains & can't stretch my hand. Wat it couldbe & anything serious? Is there any home remedy?

27 yrs female, having small lump in armpit for two days. It pains & can't stretch my hand. Wat it couldbe & anything serious? Is there any home remedy?

Folliculitis: Most likely it is an infected hair follicle that forms a little abscess. Warm moist heat may help but most likely it will need to be seen by a doctor and possibly drained and treated with an antibiotic as well. Good health. ...Read more

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Left arm been hurting from shoulder to elbow, feels like I got shot in muscle, unable to raise arm w/o pain been painful for 3 weeks, lump in armpit?

Arm pain: It is time to see your doctor for an examination to diagnose the cause of your pain and lump in your armpit. There are many possibilities, so you should not postpone making an appointment. ...Read more

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Under armpit lump and chills what checkup should I do without making it obvious to my mom that I think I might have cancer. Do I have cancer? I'm 18

Less Likely: I think you should speak to your MOm right away and let her know what is happening to you. There are many other causes of a swollen lymph node in the arm pit (axilla) including and infection that needs treatment with an antibiotic. The less likely cause is a "cancer". Please see your doctor right away and also speak to your Mom. ...Read more

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Clogged sweat gland or lymphoma? Small painful lump in armpit, close to skin, slightly red. Remarkably smaller after a few days. No other symptoms.

Lymphoma unlikely: Lymphomas are usually painless. Painful lump means some infection and you should talk to primary care doctor (pcp) and examined in pcp office. If needed, dermatology referral. Watch for fever, weight loss, night sweats which are usually associated with lymphoma. Fever can be associated with infections also and painful swellings. ...Read more

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I've a lump in armpit for 3 months, went to my doctor, had ultra sound, . Not a lymph node. Now it stinks, bad body odor. What could it be?

Epidermoid cyst: It is most likely a cyst that has ruptured. These have a wall that needs to be removed or the lesion will continue to recur even if it is drained. ...Read more

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Painful lump in armpit. Almost disappeared after 2 weeks of no hockey games, flared up again after most recent game. No weight loss or night sweats etc. Appears to be under skin, skin is slightly red.

Painful lump in armpit. Almost disappeared after 2 weeks of no hockey games, flared up again after most recent game. No weight loss or night sweats etc. Appears to be under skin, skin is slightly red.

Get it check: With skin red and lump in armpit, an infection is most likely. You should have someone look at it and see if it is an infection that needs antibiotics or simple drainage. Or something else. ...Read more

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Lump in armpit for years. Took some antibiotic that I applied through nose and it went down slightly I also lumps under chin. Is this lymphoma? Cancer

Lump in armpit for years. Took some antibiotic that I applied through nose and it went down slightly I also lumps under chin. Is this lymphoma? Cancer

Need to examine: As the "lump" has not changed in years, it is not likely to be lymphoma or cancer. You may consult a doctor for an evaluation or you may watch and wait. You may feel the nodes every couple of weeks, if any of the lymph gland doubles in size, becomes painful, ulcerates, or other nodes become enlarged, or you develop fever, or lose weight, you should see a doctor. ...Read more

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Have lump in armpit, did blood test:high thyroid level&antibody present. Follow up at 6months levels back to normal, but lump still there& arm tinglin

Have lump in armpit, did blood test:high thyroid level&antibody present. Follow up at 6months levels back to normal, but lump still there& arm tinglin

? Enlarged Lymph Node: Armpit swelling needs to be checked out always, to make sure of the origin of it and what is causing it
I would suggest to see your doctor for full assessment and management as needed. ...Read more