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What causes dark purple spots to come on arm?

What causes dark purple spots to come on arm?

Purple lesions: Recommend dermatologic eval to determine diagnosis and to formulate treatment plan. ...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 recently been getting small (0.5cm) perfectly round spots (one each time) that are red/purple on arm. Appear suddelny and go in 2 days?

See a doctor: It is hard to diagnosed skin lesion without looking at it is it itchy there is any fever it could be allergy or heat rashes if persist see a doctor ...Read more

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Hello. I'm here to ask about a small greenish/purple spot on my arm. It was from where an i.V needle was placed. It does not hurt. Just odd to me.

Hello. I'm here to ask about a small greenish/purple spot on my arm. It was from where an i.V needle was placed. It does not hurt. Just odd to me.

Bruising: It is just some bruising (blood under the skin) from the iv. As your body breaks down blood under the skin, it changes color and will eventually disappear. ...Read more

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What would cause the site of a blood draw to be very painful and bruised bright purple-blotchy in more than 1 spot? Infection? Pain radiates whole arm

What would cause the site of a blood draw to be very painful and bruised bright purple-blotchy in more than 1 spot? Infection? Pain radiates whole arm

Blood draw: Blood draw should not be painful after. IN the light that your whole arm hurts I think you may have developed CRPS/RSD - please go see a Pain Specialist with an Anesthesia background so that you may get the righy care ...Read more

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I think I have petechiae. It occur on my left arm now right thigh. Purplish dots only on one spot not scattered. Can you get this from stress/anxiety?

I think I have petechiae. It occur on my left arm now right thigh. Purplish dots only on one spot not scattered. Can you get this from stress/anxiety?

Petichiae: These sound as if they may be ecchymoses (deep bruises with bleeding visible thru skin), but might be something else. Not due to stress or anxiety. See a doctor for more specific diagnosis. ...Read more

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I have red spots on armpit from plucking, what do I do?

I have red spots on armpit from plucking, what do I do?

Stop: Plucking. Give skin time to heal. If not healing one possibility would be ingrown hairs. ...Read more

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I have itchy armpits and I also have some small lumps or spots. Which stings so bad onced scratched what can this be?

I have itchy armpits and I also have some small lumps or spots. Which stings so bad onced scratched what can this be?

See below.: Most likely it is hydadenitis suprativa or recurrent sebaceous gland hyperplasia. Check with a dermatologist to ensure it is not a metastatic lymph node. Treatment for hs or rsgh include biopsy for confirmatory diagnosis. ...Read more

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I have a light brown spots on the arm, near the armpit and lately has spread throughout me back a large stain, what can you do?

I have a light brown spots on the arm, near the armpit and lately has spread throughout me back a large stain, what can you do?

See your doctor: You need to be evaluated by a physician or dermatologist. From the above, it sounds like you have other medical problems that could be causing the skin discoloration. ...Read more

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I have brown spots under my armpit... they are not itchy but seems to spread... I noticed the first spot 2 weeks ago and now, I have like 8 more spots?

It may be simple: hyperpigmentation, a relatively benign concentration of the skin pigment melanin...although this would not occur preferentially in the armpits. Acanthosis nigracans is hyperpigmentation, often in body folds such as armpit/axilla, typically occurring in those <40 yrs, possibly inherited and associated with glandular conditions including obesity, diabetes, thyroid disease. See Dermatologist ...Read more

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I have a red painful lump on my armpit since a week and yesterday ive notice that there is two more small spots/lumps beside the old one?

I have a red painful lump on my armpit since a week and yesterday ive notice that there is two more small spots/lumps beside the old one?

? Boils armpit: Painful lumps in the armpit one week duration, is likely to be a skin infection or gland
you need to see a doctor for these lumps to be inspected and given the right treatment ...Read more

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Swollen, tender lymph (red on one side) nodes under BOTH armpits (different spots though) since Tuesday (5 days). When to see Dr? What could it be?

Swollen, tender lymph (red on one side) nodes under BOTH armpits (different spots though) since Tuesday (5 days). When to see Dr? What could it be?

R/O HIRADENITIS: It may be HIRADENITIS Supporitiva, a type of folliculitis is that can occur in the groin or armpit region. You need to be examined to make sure it is not an enlarged lymph node. Also lab work and potentially an ultrasound of the area. Your doctor may prescribe both topical and oral antibiotics. If it doesn't resolve referral to a surgeon maybe needed. ...Read more

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I have dry, brown, itchy spots under my armpits and they're spreading now. So I have cancer? Is it an infection? What do I do? I have no insurance= (

I have dry, brown, itchy spots under my armpits and they're spreading now. So I have cancer? Is it an infection? What do I do? I have no insurance= (

Hard to say: It's very difficult to diagnose rashes without seeing what it looks like but it may be a fungal infection (sort of like jock itch). You can try looking up clinics if money is an issue. Otherwise, you can call doctors and ask for the cash rate - it's difficult I know but something we've tried to solve with our website - sorry you're not in texas where most of doctors are. ...Read more

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I have pink spots in one armpit that are non itchy but burn and are sensitive to touch. Could this be from an under armor shirt irritating this area?

Possible yeast: Irritation from a shirt would likely affect both armpits, as well as other areas, and would typically itch. This is more likely to be a yeast or fungus (athlete's foot-type) condition, which is common in warm, damp areas such as armpits. Try an otc antifungal cream twice a day. If there is no response, you'll need to see a dermatologist for a direct examination. ...Read more

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How do you get rid of dark spots and acne on armpits?

How do you get rid of dark spots and acne on armpits?

Armpit acne: Hard to treat. Might be hidradenitis. See a derm for antibiotcs and a lotion that may help. ...Read more

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I have dark brown spots underneath my armpit area, through out the sides of my ribs aswell. I am over weight, and im 28. What can it be?

I have dark brown spots underneath my armpit area, through out the sides of my ribs aswell. I am over weight, and im 28. What can it be?

Insulin resistance?: Hard to say without seeing it, but I would suspect acanthosis nigricans, which is a darkening and thickening of the skin (which ends up looking "velvety") in the flexural creases, like the underarms, the neck, the popliteal fossa (inner elbow) and the groin. This is a sign of Insulin resistance, which is the mechanism by which overweight people eventually may develop diabetes. ...Read more

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Dark heart shapped spots under my skin near my armpits. First appeared a month ago under one arm and now its under my other arm. Idk what it could be?

Dark heart shapped spots under my skin near my armpits. First appeared a month ago under one arm and now its under my other arm. Idk what it could be?

Dark spots under arm: Dark skin at your armpits can occur due to shaving, chemical irritation or ingrown hairs. People who have diabetes and are obese may have acanthosis nigricans, where pigmentation may occur at the underarms and neck. If the skin feels and otherwise looks okay, you can watch it for now, but if it continues to spread, a doctor should check it. Avoid hair removal creams and other harsh chemicals. ...Read more

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I have these dark spots on my skin by my armpits, one on my thigh, one under my chin and sometimes they get itchy like they flare up and get irritated?

I have these dark spots on my skin by my armpits, one on my thigh, one under my chin and sometimes they get itchy like they flare up and get irritated?

Skin: These can be a variety of different type of lesions. Best thing to do is have your primary care physician take a look. ...Read more

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I have an itchy rash with spots in armpit will it go away? I haven't changed my soap or roll on

I have an itchy rash with spots in armpit will it go away? I haven't changed my soap or roll on

Need to be seen: Meanwhile, you may want to hold your roll-on deodorant for few days, . OTC hydro-cortisone cream 1% may help apply a thin layer only, twice a day, for few days, till you see your doctor / dermatologist, best wishes ...Read more

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I have 2 places on my face that I thought were just age spots, but they are getting bigger... and I have lost 20 lbs, have lumps in armpit?

I have 2 places on my face that I thought were just age spots, but they are getting bigger... and I have lost 20 lbs, have lumps in armpit?

Wt Loss Serious matt: Weight loss, unless intentional, requires quick medical attention. You need to go see your doctor for a medical examination and testing to find out what is causing your weight loss. Any skin spot/s that is growing and enlarged lymph node also raise questions about a potentially serious medical problem that will require quick medical evaluation by your doctor or you may need to go to ER for help ...Read more

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I have dry brown spots under my armpits and they're spreading up my arm and down my sides. So I have cancer? Is it an infection? What do I do?

I have dry brown spots under my armpits and they're spreading up my arm and down my sides. So I have cancer? Is it an infection? What do I do?

See a doctor: This forum is great for general questions, but this sounds like something you should go see your doctor and/or a dermatologist for. ...Read more

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My husband has had these spots on his legs for 4 days now. They started around his ankles and are moving up his body. Now they are up to his armpits?

My husband has had these spots on his legs for 4 days now. They started around his ankles and are moving up his body. Now they are up to his armpits?

Dermatitis: This is possibly an allergic reaction to something he was exposed to, either that he ate or came in contact with. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) will help if it is allergy. See your physician soon if no improvement. ...Read more

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Pain in my armpit after the surgery I had a cyst on my armpit which was removed about seven months ago. Now I can see two small white coloured spots on the scar and the scar is still red. Sometimes experience a pain around the wound and also in my whole han

Pain in my armpit after the surgery I had a cyst on my armpit which was removed about seven months ago. Now I can see two small white coloured spots on the scar and the scar is still red. Sometimes experience a pain around the wound and also in my whole han

You: You should go back and see the surgeon who did your first surgery. There are many things this could be and the best option is to see the person who did your initial work. Most likely if the cyst they removed is normal tissue then this would be normal tissue or a recurrence of the cyst or it could be something new which your initial surgeon would be able to let you know. ...Read more

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I am have dark scaly spots between breast and armpit area I want to know what it is?

Assessment: This rash would likely need to be examined and more history obtained to be able to provide you with useful input about the diagnosis or possible treatment. ...Read more

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I have a big red spot covering my armpit that looks like its irritated. But it doesn't look like most ringworm spots. What do I do??

Show it to a doctor: A rash in the armpit could be one of several things. I would be most concerned about an abscess or a localized infection (say from shaving)-esp. If it's PAINFUL. If it's more flat and non painful it could be ringworm, a contact allergy (deodorant?), or a more mild infection called folliculitis among other things. If you have any underlying medical problems, that may help the doc to figure it out. ...Read more

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I'm getting red spots tiny ones on my breast area armpit and a tiny bit on my back. There's not many but there's quite a few.

I'm getting red spots tiny ones on my breast area armpit and a tiny bit on my back. There's not many but there's quite a few.

Rash-dermtitis: Skin rashes and "red spots" are almost impossible to diagnose over the computer. If these persist, it is best for you to see the Doctor and get an evaluation and properly diagnosed, so if needed, any treatment can be started. Good luck. ...Read more

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Swollen nipple, 2 pink spots, 2 scabs on base of nipple, swollen under armpit. Nitetime nursing (20 minutes) also swam in Gulf coast last week?

Unclear: Swollen nipple, pink spots, scabs, swollen axilla can be
1-infection of the skin around the nipple
2-injuries from nursing
3-accessory breast tissue under the arm
using a breast shield and moisturizing your skin may help,
but if tenderness or redness in the skin develops and or tenderness under the arm or fever, then you need to see your doc and possibly go on antibiotics ...Read more