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I have a lump around my armpit. At first, I thought it was an ingrown hair, but it's really big to be an ingrown hair. Can it be something else?

I have a lump around my armpit. At first, I thought it was an ingrown hair, but it's really big to be an ingrown hair. Can it be something else?

Go to your doctor: It may still be an ingrown hair or a cyst but it is time to have a health care professional look at it. If you can't get into your doctor right away. Go to an urgent care center and have someone look at it and document it. ...Read more

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Small, not quite pea size hard lump underneath right armpit. Does not hurt, does not form visible bump, no color. Had over a year. Cyst, ingrown hair?

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Small, not quite pea size hard lump underneath right armpit. Does not hurt, does not form visible bump, no color. Had over a year. Cyst, ingrown hair?

Probably a cyst: Cysts are small, firm bumps under the skin that are filled with keratin. When squeezed, some will produce the keratin which is white, cheesy and sometimes stinky. If it is not causing problems or growing, we tend to leave them alone, but it is important for your doctor to confirm the diagnosis. Sometimes, if it is not clearly a cyst, we can biopsy the spot to be sure. ...Read more

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I have a sore bump on my armpit could it be an ingrown hair?? What can I do if anything to make it go away, will it go away on its own

Depends: Assuming the bump is on the skin, if it is associated with a hair follicle, you could have a simple case of folliculitis (inflammation/infection of the hair follicle). These bumps sometimes occur in areas of hair and friction (like the armpit). If it is growing, getting redder, draining, or increasing in pain you should consult a doctor for treatment. ...Read more

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I have a big bump that hurts on my armpit, how do you know if its an ingrown hair?

I have a big bump that hurts on my armpit, how do you know if its an ingrown hair?

Either way: Sounds like an infected sebaceous cyst/hidradenitis/ or abscess. Likely need antibiotics and excision. ...Read more

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I have a large red pimple like bump in armpit, could it be infected ingrown hair?can I drain it?

Folliculitis: Sound like infected follicle, if it becomes an abscess need to be drained, otherwise may need antibiotic, some times it may resolve on its own, just keep the area clean ...Read more

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Bump. Under arm found it in january still there it's hard and hurts burns when not shaven not ingrown hair but possibly cyst? What else could it be?

Sebacious Cyst: Could be sebacious cyst or a condition known as hidradenitis supporativa. See you doctor for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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An ingrown hair on my pubic area became a huge boil it's been 2 weeks now and I have had several in that area, nose, and armpit what is going on?

Many boils: When there are many boils in different areas of the body, the concern is that this may be a bacterial infection, such as a staph infection. Please see your dermatologist as you may need treatment with antibiotics. ...Read more

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How do I tell the difference between a boil & an ingrown hair in an armpit and do physicians deaden before lancing?

How do I tell the difference between a boil & an ingrown hair in an armpit and do physicians deaden before lancing?

Skin lesions: You may not be able to tell the difference, but the doctor draining this may. Whether they will use a local anesthetic will depend upon the size and position of the "boil". Lancing this is generally not very much more painful than the lesion itself and you will gain much relief from the drainage. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Hi, for about a year I have been getting ingrown hair pimple things on my breasts now I'm starting to get them in my armpits and on tummy what is this?

Avoid shaving, bpo : Ingrown hairs are common. Shaving contributes to ingrown hairs. Avoid shaving or shaving toward the gradient with single bladed disposable razors is best. Wash with benzoyl peroxide containing wash. You may need an antibacterial solution from your dr if it gets worse ...Read more

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What is ingrown hair? What does it look like when someone's armpits? How to prevent it and remedy when it has already shown?

Hair has grown in: It is a hair that has grown in instead of out. It normally looks like a pimple (or collection of pimples) although can be bigger. It is more likely if you have thick or curly hair, and it often occurs after shaving. If in an area where you shave, use shaving cream, shave in the same direction. Most of the time it resolves on its own, but if it becomes infected you will need to see your doctor. ...Read more

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Ingrown hair and once I removed it my face and lip are swollen ice gets it to go down but it comes back there a mass above the area what can I do?

Ingrown hair and once I removed it my face and lip are swollen ice gets it to go down but it comes back there a mass above the area what can I do?

You need: To have this checked out! It sounds like you have an infection with a local lymph node "filtering" it Apply moist HEAT for now and go to Walk in Unit for possible antibiotic treatment. If this is your UPPER LIP go to ER if necessary but be seen ASAP!

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Believe I have an ingrown hair on groin, it's a small pea size lump. The pain has gone away but the spot is still there. Is that good if pain is gone?

Believe I have an ingrown hair on groin, it's a small pea size lump. The pain has gone away but the spot is still there. Is that good if pain is gone?

Yes: The fact that your pain has resolved suggests that any inflammation/infection has also resolved. The remaining lump is a residual effect of your body taking care of things. ...Read more

Ingrown Hair (Definition)

Hairs that have curled around and grown back into your skin instead of ...Read more