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I have this lump under my armpit that hurts to the touch, a little hard and has been there now for 2 days. What can it be?

I have this lump under my armpit that hurts to the touch, a little hard and has been there now for 2 days. What can it be?

Node or abscess: Could be a node or infection.
Try using some warm moist packs to the area 3 times per day for 15 min each time.
If it disappears it was from an infection somewhere on the arm.
If it does not get smaller, or hurts more, then it is time to see your DR ...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 lump in my armpit and it hurts and it comes and goes every once and awhile?

I have a lump in my armpit and it hurts and it comes and goes every once and awhile?

See a Dr!: One has to differentiate between a possible enlarged lymph node reacting to some inflammation in the hand or upper limb. However, I bet it is what is called hidradenitis, an inflammation of the sweat gland or sabaceous gland. See your dr. To sort things outm why suffer. I suspect anti perspirants may play a role. Ask a dermatologist is this is correct. ...Read more

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I have a lump under my right armpit that hurts when I wear my bra or anything touches it, it's solid and the size of a dime and it's skin colour?

I have a lump under my right armpit that hurts when I wear my bra or anything touches it, it's solid and the size of a dime and it's skin colour?

Needs evaluation: Lumps in the armpit can be cysts or enlarged lymph nodes. Only a clinical examination can determine the cause or the treatment. Suggest you see your primary care soon. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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I have a lump under my armpit and it hurts it also has smaller pimples around it. It's a lil bigger than a marble?

Hidradenitis?: Hidradenitis suppurativa commonly affects areas bearing sweat/sebaceous glands, such as the underarms, under breasts, inner thighs, groin and buttocks, often manifests as clusters of chronic/recurring abscesses, epidermoid cysts, sebaceous cysts, pilonidal cyst or multilocalized infections. It is a chronic condition and treatement is often complex/difficult. So, consult doc for help. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have a small lump in my armpit that only hurts slightly when I press on it. Should I be worried?

I have a small lump in my armpit that only hurts slightly when I press on it. Should I be worried?

Lymphnode swelling: Most likely an inflamed lymph node but it could also be an abscess or most concerningly a breast lump. I'd advise seeing your doctor and having an ultrasound done asap. ...Read more

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I have this weird lump under my armpit and it hurts every time I close my arm. Should I be worried?

I have this weird lump under my armpit and it hurts every time I close my arm. Should I be worried?

Need to be seen: And examined, start with your primary doctor, could be a lymph node reacting to an infection in the area, best wishes ...Read more

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I have a red spot/lump under my armpit which hurts. It appeared last night could it be a bite or something else?

Hair follicle: Could be infected or clogged hair follicle. Also if you have a history of MRSA exposure, could be an abscess. Have it evaluated and seen for further treatment. ...Read more

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I have a lump in my right armpit and it really hurts what is it?

I have a lump in my right armpit and it really hurts what is it?

Abscess: The tender lump in your armpit is likely a staph abscess. You need warm soaks to help it come to a head and drain and you probably will need antibiotics. If it drains from the compresses, you may be able to avoid antibiotics. ...Read more

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I have a hard lump in my right armpit and it hurts. It grew very large in the past week and I have some mild shooting pain in my arm what is it?

Several Things: You need to see a dr. It could be an enlarged lymph node. It could be an infected sweat or sebaceous gland. The inflammation probably is affecting the nerves going into your arm which pass thru the armpit. It is going to take an examination and some investigation to sort out your problem. ...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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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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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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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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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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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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Armpit lump pain, family history of breast cancer. Can it be seen or biopsied?

Armpit lump pain, family history of breast cancer. Can it be seen or biopsied?

Yes, it can: A lump under the armpit should be evaluated. A ultrasound can look at the shape and size of the lymph nodes. A needle biopsy can be performed to make a diagnosis. Contact a breast surgery specialist or go to a breast center for evaluation and risk assessment. ...Read more

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Woke up with sudden armpit lump. Very small beneath skin. Pain to touch. No redness. A bit raised skin. I scratched abit. No family history of cancer. Cause?

Folliculitis: This sound like it could be inflammation of hair follicle or other small irritation. Watch it and if still present after month or one menstrual cycle have it looked at. Sounds benign at this juncture but hard to say for certain without examining it. ...Read more

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There is a lump in my armpit that hurts and it itches. When I touch the lump it hurts even worse. What should I do? And what is causing this?

Size?: Could you describe the lump some more? Could be lots of things but a good description could help narrow it down. A painful lump in the axilla should get evaluated in person by your doc. ...Read more

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I've got a tiny lump in my armpit, its abit smaller than a petit pois doest hurt or anything, but still concerned. Any advice?

Get seen: It's quite common for an adult to have a skin papilloma here; I've often wondered why. Show your physician on your next office visit. If it ulcerates or starts growing wildly, make an appontment. ...Read more

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Severe rash in my armpit, can you help me? About a month ago now, I got a large hard lump in my armpit. I left it alone, hoping it would go away. It got bigger and redder and started to hurt. About two weeks ago it ruptured. It had lots of pus and clear,

Severe rash in my armpit, can you help me? About a month ago now, I got a large hard lump in my armpit. I left it alone, hoping it would go away. It got bigger and redder and started to hurt. About two weeks ago it ruptured. It had lots of pus and clear,

It: It sounds as though you may have a skin infection with abscesses or "boils". These usually start out as tender, red areas which become hard and then eventually develop a "head" of white pus. Once this drains, the area usually heals on its own. Most of these are caused by staphylococcus aureas, a common bacteria found on the skin. Occasionally, however, the can be caused by mrsa, the antibiotic resistent kind of staph bacteria. If the infection is not getting better after drainage, then you may need antibiotics and should call your regular doctor.

Next time you develop one of these infections, start out by applying warm compresses to the area to help draw the infection out. Then, you should go to the doctor so that they can drain it, test for what bacteria is causing it and be able to treat you appropriately - sometimes with antibiotics, sometimes just with drainage. If you ever develop fever, chills, or feel ill with this infection, call your doctor immediately.

You can try and prevent these infections by practicing good hygiene and using anti-bacterial soaps. Your doctor may have other suggestions for prevention. ...Read more

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Small lump under left armpit and hurts?

Cannot say: Without an exam AND
Hidrantiva is quite common. So are lymph nodes
Hidrantiva will certainly need antibiotics if not mild outpatient surgical drainage. It's going to have to be looked at. ...Read more

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Lump under armpit been there for a few days and it hurts to touch what could it be?

Boil or lymph node: Could be a boil coming from a hair follicle. Those are usually superficial in the skin. If the lump is deeper closer to the chest wall then it could be a lymph node. Either should probably be checked by doctor. ...Read more