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Infected Sweat Glands
Given bactrim 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
On vacation with my kids and I have been put on bactrim for infected sweat gland we are going to water park will I be ok in sun? This was preplanned
Bactrim should be ok: I would recommend sunscreens and dun ptotective clothing. Traditionally the tetracyclines and quinolones are more likely to make you sun sensitive Sulfa usually are ok ...Read more
Yes when small: The white-heads acne are typical examples of an infected sweat gland/hair follicle, which is often painless when tiny/small. When coalescedd involving few together or enlarged is called a furuncle(picture here), and even larger (two or more furuncles) is a carbuncle which are commonly known as boils which can be quite painful and needs treatment. If you have trouble, consult doc. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Blocked sweat gland?: Possibly blocked sebaceous gland, not sweat. But only general advice can be given without a photo or physical exam. Top 2 photos are non-STDs: Fordyce spots (sebum which can be extricated by M.D. or left alone), Infected hair follicle (plucked and kept clean). Bottom 2 photos are STDs (HPV and Molluscum) to be evaluated by your MD so s/he can rule out other STDs and council you for prevention. ...Read more
A week or two: If it is heat-rash, it should go away in a week or two if you can keep cool and dry. Often, no treatment is needed. Topical steroid may help it go away a bit faster, but typically not really needed. If it is not a heat-rash, you may have swollen lymphnodes, they may take couple of weeks. If infected sebaceous cyst, it may need to be lanced/treated. If getting worse, consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more
Exam: Good question! often it is difficult for a patient to know the difference between a suspicious mass in the axilla (armpit) and an obstructed or infected sweat gland or hair follicle. If it is red or has a discharge suspect infection and use warm compresses and antibiotics. If it is hard and non-tender it could be serious. See your doctor for an exam. ...Read more
I have a ruptured blocked sweat gland on my right underarm that is draining blood and mucusy stuff and it has a hole. What should I do?
You didn't describe: The size. This sounds like you could have an infected cyst. I would suggest medical assessment. Take care. ...Read more
What is it when you get bumps under your arm in armpit, when they are squeezed black stuff or gray stuff come out. I read about clogged sweat gland?
Cysts: This dsecribes cysts which may become infected if they are squeezed. The best option is to remove the area permanently with a minor procedure in the office with a dermatologist. ...Read more
After a strenuous workout, etcc...Next day i noticed bump on armpit. It's painful when touched, not red. Sweat gland, boil or lymph node? I did not wear deodorant during workouts.
It could be: Any of the three you mentioned but most likely folliculitis. The gland at the root of the hair is clogged and is not able to express the secretion and swell up and get infected. You may need antibiotics and warm compress. Your doctor should be able to tell you when he sees it. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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