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Pain Under Both Armpits
R/o Hidradenitis sup: Hidradenitis suppurativa is a skin disease most commonly affecting areas bearing apocrine sweat glands, such as the underarms, under the breasts, inner thighs, groin and buttocks. It manifests as clusters of chronic abscesses, epidermoid cysts, sebaceous cysts, pilonidal cyst or multilocalized infections. There have been cases reported involving the breast, too.
Sorry, no clue but: If you go to a doctor who has the advantage of being able to check under the hood of the car...or in this case, into the visible underside of your shoulder they may be able to either visualize something or feel something. Bottom line, see the doctor
Don't know but...: I'm sorry there was a delay answering. Please read up on acanthosis nigricans. If this is a match, get with your physician and determine whether it would be appropriate to look for an underlying illness to explain the change.
Yes: It's junior's preference. Be glad he's making his own choices and that you're prepared him for independence. Many, possibly most, hollywood fitness guys shave most or all of their visible body hair nowadays. I remember my swim teammates who had upper body hair shaving it all before meets -- it was less common than nowadays, but still done by some athletes. Fashions change and this is fine.See 1 more doctor answer
ARMPITS BROKEN OUT: Do your armpits itch? Is there a rash? Are they lumps or boils? If they just itch, it may be due to the soap you are using. Change to dove or cetaphil; change you antiperspirant/deodorant; wash your blouses ANS sweaters and shirts in all free & clear (don't know if you are female or male) if it persists, see a dermatologist.
Dark armpits: Weight loss to prevent diabetes if overweight will help. You may have a reaction to your antiperspirant or deodorant as well, if there is also itching especially. In that case, need to switch to unscented/ sensitive skin types for the time being. Can also darken from shaving like rubbing eyes increases the melanin of dark undereye circles. A dermatologist could help. OTC bleaching cream irritates
Nothing: This most likely is just a genetic inheritance from ancestors that had pigmentation. Depending on your race, this can be more prominent that in lighter-colored people. Many areas of the body have hyperpigmentation for one cave-man-related reason or another. It doesn't sound like an infection, ringworm, nor any other condition that you need to treat.
Many choices: Unfortunately there are many possibilities but think muscular type pain but hard to tell with little information.
Need evaluation: Ingrown hairs? Hidradenitis suppurativa if large lesions.? I don't know what is causing your underarms to breakout. Recommend medical evaluation to find out. Take care.
Topical treatment: There are topical (only on the skin) treatments like low concentration bleach products that can lighten skin, but beware. These products can cause strong negative skin reactions for susceptible individuals. Please investigare with a dermatologist prior to undertaking this endeavor!See 1 more doctor answer
Might be a node: A small painless lump in your armpit may be just a lymph node. Unless you're getting more of them there or other places, it's growing, or having other symptoms (rashes, fevers, sweats, etc), I wouldn't worry too much. If it doesn't go away over the next couple of weeks, you could have someone check just to be sure.
Muscular: Muscular pains.Get a more detailed answer ›
I suppose: Various cultures keep or remove hair in various body locations to suit their personal choices. Shaving any area creates some localized irritation and or infections for some until the process becomes routine.
See your doctor: It might not mean much of anything, but darkening skin under the armpits can be a sign for neurofibromatosis. You should see your family practice physician and discuss symptoms.