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Doctor insights on: Infected Armpit Glands

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Can you get infected sebaceous glands in armpit?

Can you get infected sebaceous glands in armpit?

Yes: The apocrine sweat glands are found in the armpit. These can become infected. When infected a pustule or boil forms which is red, painful, and may eventually drain. Further evaluation is appropriate with frequent infections in the armpit as some conditions, such as hydradenitis suppurativa may cause this and can respond to certain treatments. ...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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Had a infected sweat gland drained 2 weeks ago now I have a cord sticking out from underarm where the sweat gland was . Very painful to lift arm ?

Had a infected sweat gland drained 2 weeks ago now I have a cord sticking out from underarm where the sweat gland was . Very painful to lift arm ?

Keep follow up: Hi Logan, Sorry to hear you are feeling poorly. Sounds like you had an abscess drained and possibly your doctors packed the wound to allow it to continue to drain? Some pain is normal after this procedure but is your pain getting worse? Are you doing the dressing changes? Is it still draining pus? If you haven't followed up with your doctor since the drain, I think you should as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Given bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) for infected sweat gland in arm pit, this ok? Worried about possible side effects. And how long does it take to work?

Given bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) for infected sweat gland in arm pit, this ok? Worried about possible side effects. And how long does it take to work?

Bacterial sensitivit: You seem to have an infected lymph node. Statistically the most common organism is staph. aureus which is killed by a penicillin class antibiotic. If your swelling is going down quickly great; if not then you have to get a new antibiotic and get the lymph node incised and drained if possible by a breast surgeon or gynecologist. ...Read more

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What can I do to reduce swelling on my gland under my armpit?

What can I do to reduce swelling on my gland under my armpit?

See your doctor: Hi. Have you had any skin breakdown or infection on that arm? Is there a family history of breast cancer? Any lumps/bumps in the breast on that side? Any night sweats, loss of appetite, and/or weight loss? Any swollen lymph nodes anywhere else (neck, groin, etc? I think you should see your doctor. Good luck! ...Read more

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I have a burning feeling in my armpit (glands), what could be the cause?

I have a burning feeling in my armpit (glands), what could be the cause?

See docotor: Without an exam it is impossible to tell. You could have an infection of the glands in your armpit, an allergic reaction, or inflammation of nerves. Any of these conditions could get worse and are best treated professionally. ...Read more

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What should I do about a lymphnode in armpit getting swollen / infected?

What should I do about a lymphnode in armpit getting swollen / infected?

Lymph node adenopat: This can be due to inflammatory and non inflammatory causes and each has to be treated appropriately. ...Read more

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What might cause glands in my armpit to swell?

What might cause glands in my armpit to swell?

Inflammatory drain: The lymph system is a network of vessels and glands which act as drainage for infection or inflammation. In the case of the arm pit, one must look at the anatomical position of these pathways, and can give clues to where the problem lies. ...Read more

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I have an enlarged gland in my armpit. Should I be worried?

I have an enlarged gland in my armpit. Should I be worried?

See below: This could be an infected skin or sweat gland, infected ingrown hair if you shave the area, or an inflamed lymph node. Would need to see a doctor if it does not resolve or if it gets worse (larger & more painful). Try local warm heat or warm compress. ...Read more

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I have "holes" in my armpits. They get infected easily. Are they just large pores?

I have "holes" in my armpits. They get infected easily. Are they just large pores?

Armpits: a lot sebaceous cysts in the axilla (armpits) are from deodorants. Use baby powder for a while. I found Arm and Hammer stick deodorant best for cyst prevention after your initial episode has cleared up ...Read more

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An abnormal gland under your armpit showed on an ultrasound, can this be serious?

An abnormal gland under your armpit showed on an ultrasound, can this be serious?

Usually not: Most nodules or lumps in the axilla are lymph nodes which may enlarge for many reasons. If it is new it should be followed. Another type of lump can be a sebaceous cyst which is an enlarged oil gland in the skin. They can become inflamed or infected an may need to be excised. ...Read more

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Can frequent blood draws and/or IV's cause enlarged glands in the armpit?

No: enlarged glands in armpit is not from blood draws. Likely due to some type of infection. See a physician. Good health. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of blocked sweat glands in armpit and how to treat it?

What are the symptoms of blocked sweat glands in armpit and how to treat it?

Not sweating: Or boils . The one that is not sweating is a neurological problem i'm not sure can be fixed. The other problem is treated by soaking with warm domeboro soaks and antibiotics and drainage if necessary. Sometimes it can be bad enough to require a daily antibiotic for awhile. If you have this problem you should see your doctor for the treatment that best fits the severity ...Read more

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Please help! infected painful pimple under my armpit making me unable to move my arm?

Please help! infected painful pimple under my armpit making me unable to move my arm?

Sounds awful!: An infected pimple that is hurting so much that you really cannot move your arm needs to be checked by a doctor. This may need to be drained, and you may need to have antibiotics. Please don't wait on this, though, because it really can get worse. Good luck. Lgromkomd. ...Read more

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My partner has sore gland under armpit no swellng and hsnt changed only got it when he started boxing ?

My partner has sore gland under armpit no swellng and hsnt changed only got it when he started boxing
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Ok: This occurs due to a blocked oil or sweat gland, or possibly a lymph node. Try applying hot compress twice a day. If it gets large, painful or inflamed - may need to be removed surgically. ...Read more

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Hi! My daughter (8 yrs) just woke up complaining of pain in both armpits. I immediately think of swollen lymph glands. Any ideas?

Hi! My daughter (8 yrs) just woke up complaining of pain in both armpits.  I immediately think of swollen lymph glands.  Any ideas?

Agree with you: I think you may be right on track! Many viral infections, especially, can cause lymph nodes to swell, and the armpit nodes are commonly painful. I would check to see if she has a fever at all, and look for any other signs of viral infection (sudden fatigue, sinus drainage, runny nose, dark circles under eyes, etc.). Also gently check the neck for large nodes. Fluids, vitamin C, l-lysine, and REST. ...Read more

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Gland under armpit hurts.Just getting over acute mastoiditis. Are they related?Does that mean its coming back?Didn't have it before.

Gland - lymph node: Lymph nodes enlarge during infection, part of your body's host defense against infection. If you don't have a fever, it is likely just doing its job, ma'am. If you have fever, redness, or difficulty moving your arm around, see your doctor. The lymph node may need a little help. ...Read more