Top
40
Doctor insights on: Large Boils Under Arm

Share
1

1
I have a large boil under my arm and it hurts quite badly. Medicine for me or lance it?

I have a large boil under my arm and it hurts quite badly. Medicine for me or lance it?

Needs surgical drain: At this stage u should c a general surgeon and have it looked at, and b prepared 2 have it opened & drained @ that appointment. Sounds 2 late in the process 4 medication. Cultures will b taken, & u will b started on an antibiotic which may later b changed depending on the result of the cultures & sensitivity testing. ...Read more

Boil (Definition)

A boil is an infected epidermoid cyst of the skin. Usually related to sebaceous glands, which secrete waxy/oily lubricant ...Read more


2

2
I do get big boils starts and get bigger alwats under arm area groin and under breast where it sweats?

I do get big boils starts and get bigger alwats under arm area groin and under breast where it sweats?

HS: This could be hydradenitis suppurativa. Ask your ob/gyn about this with an examination of the areas. ...Read more

3

3
Have boil under my armpit had it lance before it keep come back big and painful?

Have boil under my armpit had it lance before it keep come back big and painful?

It probably needs: to be excised/surgically removed.Boils/furuncles are painful pus-filled bumps on the skin resulting from deep infection of a hair follicle usually caused by staphylococcus aureus. A single recurrent furuncle has a greater chance of being eliminated by surgery; multiple boils are much harder to treat.Various infecting organisms, including MRSA, can complicate. Work with Doc/maybe infectious disease ...Read more

5

5
I just had blood work done and mind you i had a big boil under my armpit with lots of pus inside it . Well my blood work came back and i had high whit?

I just had blood work done and mind you i had a big boil under my armpit with lots of pus inside it . Well my blood work came back and i had high whit?

High White count: It sounds like you had an abscess, which are not uncommon in the underarm area. A high white count may sometimes be associated, but may be a separate issue. Treatment for the abscess is incision and drainage. Fever, high white count and signs of septicemia may mean antibiotics would be indicated as well, but if related to your abscess the white count should return to normal after drainage. ...Read more

6

6
Can an armpit boil cause breast pain? It looks like a pimple. And some have black centers. There not very big. I had just one for 5 years

Can an armpit boil cause breast pain? It looks like a pimple. And some have black  centers. There not very big. I had just one for 5 years

Sebaceous cyst: This sounds like a noncancerous lump called a sebaceous cyst. They can get infected and become painful. I recommend you see a general surgeon or breast surgeon who can evaluate you. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
8

8
I have multible boils under arm pit that are painful how to stop them from reoccurring? Could it be the deoderant or boddywash ? If i wash with wrong bodywash it comes back if I use the deoderant it will make them come back , I am i starting to get aller

I have multible boils under arm pit that are painful how to stop them from reoccurring? Could it be the deoderant or boddywash ? If i wash with wrong bodywash it comes back if I use  the deoderant it will make them come back , I am i starting to get aller

This : This is somewhat common and may possibly be either isolate boils or hidradenitis suppurativa. Click on the link below for more information and treatment options about hidradenitis/boils, a condition where one gets deep clogged pores that can form boils, cysts, or scarring lesions in the armpit. I hope that helps! ...Read more

9

9
Cut armpit shaving 30 days ago. Got big boil from it. Took 10 day antibiotics. Finally pooped today. Will this go away finally,should I have removed?

Possibly: Skin infections such as boils can be difficult to get rid of with just antibiotics. If there is still evidence of a boil even after it popped, it may need to be drained by a physician. Fluid can be cultured and appropriate antibiotics can be given. Skin infections commonly caused by the bacteria staph which can be difficult to get rid of. See your MD and you both can decide on further treatment. ...Read more

See 2 more doctor answers
11

11
I have a boil (I think) under my armpit, it has not come to a head it is hard and red It's painful/burning if touched or if I hit it with my arm. ?

I have a boil (I think) under my armpit, it has not come to a head it is hard and red

It's painful/burning if touched or if I hit it with my arm. ?

Needs to be drained.: Probably an infected sweat gland or ruptured epidermal cyst. Needs to be examined, and probably drained, which will solve the problem and stop the pain. See your doctor or a dermatologist. ...Read more

12

12
Hello i had incision and drainage under arm for a boil. The cut was 4cm deep. Its been almost 3 months and the wound still oozes some blood and pus.

Hello i had incision and drainage under arm for a boil. The cut was 4cm deep. Its been almost 3 months and the wound still oozes some blood and pus.

Hidradenitis suppurativa: You may have hidradenitis suppurativa. This is a chronic infection affecting the apocrine sweat glands. Apocrine glands are found in the armpits, breasts, and gluteal region. Each of the regions can be affected by hidradenitis. It may require chronic suppressive antibiotics. If these fail to resolve the infection, the glands may require surgical removal. Hope this helps ...Read more

13

13
8yr old son losing weight, not eating much, boil under arm, twitchy in sleep unable to wake one morning for hour blood fine hospital say it nothing ??

8yr old son losing weight, not eating much, boil under arm, twitchy in sleep unable to wake one morning for hour blood fine hospital say it nothing ??

Visit PMD: Your son needs to be taken to his primary doctor for a thorough evaluation. I'm not sure what kind of labs were done earlier but he needs to be looked at again by a doctor to make sure there are no serious underlying issues. ...Read more

See 2 more doctor answers
Dr. John Chiu Dr. Chiu
7 doctors agreed:
14

14
I have a boil the size of a quarter on my armpit and its very red and sore. Some of the red goes up my arm. Cant get to a doctor for five days?

Dr. John Chiu Dr. Chiu
7 doctors agreed:

Go to ER: You have a spreading infection which can become very serious if not treated promptly- the later the harder. Go to an urgent care center or ER now. Don't wait another day ...Read more

See 2 more doctor answers
15

15
How can i cure boil on my armpit?

How can i cure boil on my armpit?

Warm compress: Apply warm compresses 3 to 4 times a day and it will come to a head and open up on its own or you may have to see a medical practitioner to have it drained. If it comes very often,avoid shaving your armpit and make sure you are not reacting to your deodorant. If no relief see a surgeon./dermatologist ...Read more

16

16
What are good treatments for boils in the armpit?

What are good treatments for boils in the armpit?

Incision and drainag: See a doctor to have the boils incised and drained of pus. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
17

17
I have a boil on my armpit. What caused it and what is the remedy?

I have a boil on my armpit. What caused it and what is the remedy?

Various: Boils are usually caused by skin bacteria that multiple out of control, creating an abscess or boil. Surgical drainage and antibiotics may be needed. Warm compresses and acetaminophen or ibuprofen can ease the symptoms in the meanwhile. Not all lumps in the armpit are boils. Blocked sweat glands & swollen lymph nodes can also cause noticeable lumps in the armpit and may resolve on their own. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
18

18
Abscess / boil near my armpit -- how can I treat it?

Abscess / boil near my armpit -- how can I treat it?

Professional drain: Abscesses only have one treatment- drainage. The localized collection of fluid won't get penetrated by antibiotics. Go see a doctor that does minor in-office procedures to get it drained. ...Read more

20

20
I have a boil under my armpit I wanted to know if I could use peroxide to heal it?

Incise and drain: The best way to treat boils is incision and drainage by a doctor and in some cases antibiotics are required to treat the infection. Peroxide on its own is not valuable in the treatment of boils ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
21

21
Why do I keep getting huge bumps under my armpit that are like boils. They hurt really bad.

Folliculitis: Could be infected hair follicles. I would be concerned about lymph nodes too. Please see a doctor as soon as possible. ...Read more

22

22
I have multiple boils in my armpit that popped and left three open black, i holes. What is this?

Infection: Likely with a bacteria called staphyloccocus. You need to get antibiotics and discuss the reasons it happened with your doctor. ...Read more

23

23
What is the usual treatment of reoccurred boil's under arm pits?

What is the usual treatment of reoccurred boil's under arm pits?

Drainage: And antibiotics. If it recurs, you might need to have the entire area excised. Ask a surgeon for an opinion. ...Read more

25

25
What is the best medication for getting rid of and preventing boils under the armpit?

Recurrent "boils": in this location could be a condition know as Hidradenitis Suppurativa which wound require an experienced Dermatologist to diagnose and recommend preventive treatements. ...Read more

28

28
Can i burst an armpit boil with a sterilized needle?

Boil: While possible, it would be better to give it warm compresses and to see your doctor. There will be bacteria in the boil and a culture should be done. You could have MRSA which is a bacteria resistant to many antibiotics. Your doctor will incise and drain the boil, culture the material and put you on an antibiotic. ...Read more

30

30
I have a huge lump under my armpit when it came up I thought it was a boil and it has tripled in size in the past 3 days very painful and hurts ?

Need an exam: It sounds like an infected cyst or an abscess. In any case, you need to see your physician today. You may well have a problem that needs to be surgically drained or excised. ...Read more

See 2 more doctor answers
31

31
I frequently have bumps and boil in my armpit and private part mostly when I shave. It also comes out when I don't. Shave. Please what should I do or ?

Boil/furuncle: A boil is an infected hair follicle. The armpit and privates are common locations due to many bacteria living there. Shaving may also irritate. Effective cleansing/hygiene is most important; some deodorants may clog underarm pores and trap grime. Boils may resolve with moist hot compresses, but more often antibiotics and sometimes surgical lancing/incision. See your doctor for best treatment. ...Read more

32

32
I have a boil or spider bite under my armpit and the outer surface area is off white and the center is black with a small hole in the middle and it's painful. Please help me?

Needs evaluation: If you are in a part of the country where the brown recluse spider resides, you might have the beginnings of a serious problem. You should go to an emergency room or your family doctor right away to rule out this problem. ...Read more

33

33
For about 3months now, i've had boil in my armpit immediately after my period. What could this be? Thanks

For about 3months now, i've had boil in my armpit immediately after my period. What could this be? Thanks

Folliculitis: Folliculitis is a hair follicle infection most commonly caused by nicking yourself while shaving and then having the short hairs grow into the skin becoming infected. There are lymph node collection stations under the arm that can lead quickly into the venous channels.(blood) use a depilatory, wash the underarms with an antibacterial soap, and see a md if a large boil develops. ...Read more

34

34
Can a boil under yo armpit cause chest back pain?

Maybe: If there is enough swelling and infection, it could cause pain in chest and back. See a doctor, this may need to be drained to remove pus. Good luck! ...Read more

35

35
There's a bump under my left armpit by the side and it hurts. Not sure if it's a boil or my lymph node but it's visible?

Axilla: There's a bump under my left armpit. Boil or lymphnode, but visible.

This sounds like an infective/inflammatory process.

See a doctor for assessment and treatment.

Trust this helps ...Read more

36

36
I have a boil in my armpit it's been draining for about two weeks and now the pus is green what should I do please help!

Evaluation: See your doctor or go to an urgent care center for evaluation. The area may need to be opened up some more for adequate drainage. You may need antibiotic but not in all cases. ...Read more

37

37
I always have boils underneath my armpit and it leaves a lot of scarring this usually happens before my monthly periods.

I always have boils underneath my armpit and it leaves a lot of scarring this usually happens before my monthly periods.

Boils: colonization of the armpits with bacteria such as staphylococcus aureus can cause recurrent infections, specially if the armpits are shaved repeatedly, sometimes the staphylococcus can be resistant to methicillin( MRSA), making it harder to treat, decolonization of the armpits with chlorhexidine wash/soap and/or mupirocin may be necessary ...Read more

39

39
I have this bump under my armpit and it started off small and now it's like 3x bigger and hurts I don't know if it's a spider bite or a boil ?

Boil: More likely a boil as this area of the body can be prone to them and a spider would usually have a tough time getting to your arm pit. See a health provider to have it evaluated and possibly drained. ...Read more