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Should I go to the doctor if I get pimple like lumps under my armpits?

Should I go to the doctor if I get pimple like lumps under my armpits?

Maybe: These are common. If you are having large or painful lesions, or very frequent problems with this, consider seeing your pcp. If you have small bumps that come and resolve on their own, medical attention may not be necessary. ...Read more

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I get chronic on and off lumps under armpit comes and goes sometime on the right sometimes on the left. Should I be concerned n see my dr.?

I get chronic on and off lumps under armpit comes and goes sometime on the right sometimes on the left. Should I be concerned n see my dr.?

Painful?: Are these lumps abscesses that hurt and drain, or something different? Have you used a new deodorant? You may have a skin disorder called Hidradenitis. Are they deep to the skin like lymph nodes. It is best to see your regular doctor to determine if you need further testing or treatment. ...Read more

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I always get bumps or lumps under armpits when I shave. Sometimes they are painful and sometimes they arent. Wht cld it be?

I always get bumps or lumps under armpits when I shave. Sometimes they are painful and sometimes they arent. Wht cld it be?

It can be hair folli: This could be irritation of the hair follicles. There are certain medical conditions that can lead to this. Your physician may send you to a dermatologist to clarify the diagnosis. This can be a common problem when hair follicles are irritated. However there are some medical syndromes which can irritate a lot of hair follicles and that needs to be excluded. These hair follicles can be infected. ...Read more

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Is it bad if the boils under armpit heal due to antibiotics but did not drain? The lumps get smaller and don't hurt. Is this ok?

Is it bad if the boils under armpit heal due to antibiotics but did not drain? The lumps get smaller and don't hurt. Is this ok?

Probably: Normally, the armpit area is somewhat bumpy because of the presence of sweat glands and lymph nodes. These bumps are small and non-tender. After an infection, the bumps may be larger than usual for a while.. If the infection resolved with antibiotics, II wouldn't expect any drainage. Unless you notice pain, redness or drainage, you should be fine. ...Read more

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I have a lump under my right armpit and I get chills do I have cancer? Im 18 what test should I do without making t obvious that im looking for cancer

Tell your doctor: There are plenty of causes for lumps in the armpit that are not cancerous. See your doctor, let them take a look at it. It could be a swollen lymph node from a viral or bacterial illness (reactive lymphadenopathy) - if you have an infection then "chills" are also quite common.Don't panic and drive yourself crazy. See your doctor so that they can help figure out what it is and help ease your mind ...Read more

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Hi how are you. I have a soft painful lump under my armpit and I was wondering if I should go get it checked out. Family history of lymphoma ?

Hi how are you. I have a soft painful lump under my armpit and I was wondering if I should go get it checked out. Family history of lymphoma ?

You should: But remember, it's actually better that a lump be painful from a cancer perspective as lymphomatous nodes tends to be painless while reactive nodes(like from infections) tend to be painful. It may not be a lymph node at all though, and having it checked out is good medicine. Best of luck. ...Read more

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Can you get an enlarged sweat gland in the armpit? Feels like a lump under the surface of the skin. How long should it stay there?

Can you get an enlarged sweat gland in the armpit? Feels like a lump under the surface of the skin. How long should it stay there?

Yes but...: This could be plugged hair follicle, but this usually presents as a painful bump on the surface of the skin, although it can sometimes feel like it is under the skin. This could also be an enlarged lymph node. Your doctor should be able to examine you and explain if this is anything to be concerned about. ...Read more

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