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19 yr female.Painful, small, lump under the surface of the skin in armpit. Has been recurring. Lasts for a little over a week, comes every couple mont?

19 yr female.Painful, small, lump under the surface of the skin in armpit. Has been recurring. Lasts for a little over a week, comes every couple mont?

Possible staph: Many causes of painful inflammatory conditions of the intertriginous zones of the body (e.g. skin folds). One major cause is recurrent colonization with staph (bacteria) due in part to the local environment which is ideal for bacterial growth. If you are shaving your armpits, you may be introduction bacteria by using or re-using razors which cause trauma of the skin which can lead to "bumps". ...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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I have hard, painful lumps under my skin in the armpit. What should we do?

I have hard, painful lumps under my skin in the armpit. What should we do?

Possible Infection: If you are shaving your underarm hair, it is possible that folliculitis has developed. Reusing a shaving blade that is stored in the shower increases this likelihood. Consult with a physician for the accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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I just found 2 small lumps under my armpit and they are painful what could it be?

I just found 2 small lumps under my armpit and they are painful what could it be?

Numerous things: See a doctor and have these examined and diagnosed appropriately. Doctors who cannot see and touch the lesions and take a full history should not be expected to be able to diagnose. ...Read more

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I keep getting small lumps that are painful under my armpit skin. I had 1 first then next day 3 then next day 7!

I keep getting small lumps that are painful under my armpit skin. I had 1 first then next day 3 then next day 7!

Have your doctor: take a look at these as it is possible they represent hydradenitis which is an inflammation/infection of the sweat glands in the skin. In the meantime warm compresses, no shaving and no deodorant. ...Read more

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I have 5 painful lumps under my armpit. Im 32 yr old male. It started out with 1, then overnight turned to 5. Help please?

Infected hair follic: The most common differential is infected hair follicles or sweat glands, lymph nodes can also swell up. See your physician to get treatment ...Read more

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My husband has dozens of lumps on his armpits that are elongated almost like tabs of skin and they are painful. They seem to get bigger with time.

My husband has dozens of lumps on his armpits that are elongated almost like tabs of skin and they are painful.  They seem to get bigger with time.

Acrochordons: These tags of skin are more prominent in some families and more numerous on obese people. They are removed quickly and easily without sutures or dressings. It is nearly painless, OK to get wet, heals in about a week. They are also common around the neck, under the breasts, and in the groin. They are common on the eyelids and just as easily removed. They never become malignant. ...Read more

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I have painful lumps under left armpit and one by my groin?

I have painful lumps under left armpit and one by my groin?

Lymph nodes?: It is always concerning to have swollen lymph nodes so it is important to see your doctor to be sure it is not that. It could also be cysts, or a condition called hidradenitis suppurativa (acne inversa). This also requires specialized treatment, so you'll want to see a dermatologist for sure to get a diagnosis and proper therapy. ...Read more

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Hi there, i get reoccurring painful under the skin lumps in my armpits, what could it be?

Hi there, i get reoccurring painful under the skin lumps in my armpits, what could it be?

Axillary lumps: Lumps in your axillary (arm pit) areas can be axillary abscesses, infected hair follicles (especially if shaving, etc.), possible inflamed lymph nodes, etc....So it is best to get an evaluation to get the proper diagnoses, so your painful lumps can be treated appropriately. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I always get bumps or lumps under armpits when I shave. Sometimes they are painful and sometimes they arent. Wht cld it be?

I always get bumps or lumps under armpits when I shave. Sometimes they are painful and sometimes they arent. Wht cld it be?

It can be hair folli: This could be irritation of the hair follicles. There are certain medical conditions that can lead to this. Your physician may send you to a dermatologist to clarify the diagnosis. This can be a common problem when hair follicles are irritated. However there are some medical syndromes which can irritate a lot of hair follicles and that needs to be excluded. These hair follicles can be infected. ...Read more