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My armpit is sore each morning when I get out of bed. Had swollen sweat gland in the past but never any burning... Which is a new symptom. Help!

My armpit is sore each morning when I get out of bed. Had swollen sweat gland in the past but never any burning... Which is a new symptom. Help!

Please see: Please see your dermatologist for evaluation and to discuss treatment options. This way you can get the best treatment and your questions answered to your satisfaction. ...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 lots of gallstones and swollen painful glands in armpit, groin and vargina could they all be related?? I've had theses symptoms for bout 6 yrs

I have lots of gallstones and swollen painful glands in armpit, groin and vargina could they all be related?? I've had theses symptoms for bout 6 yrs

Unrelated: Symptomatic gall stones, removal is preferred treatment, a low risk ambulatory procedure, if symptomatic could be observed due to patient choice. See your doctor to find out what is causing the other two problems and get treated ...Read more

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Left armpit felt bruised this morning now noticed a bump under the skin where the pain is like swollen gland, 19 years old no other symptoms?

Left armpit felt bruised this morning now noticed a bump under the skin where the pain is like swollen gland, 19 years old no other symptoms?

Painful lump: Painful lump in your axilla is most likely an enlarged lymph node, you need to to see your 1ry care physician to make proper diagnosis & prescribe whatever treatment depending on the cause, you can take tylenol (acetaminophen) or ibuprofen for pain, avoid shaving that area until you see your doctor. Good luck. ...Read more

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Please please help me! Swollen glands in neck and armpit plus other symptoms. Am worried?

Go to your doctor fo: A medical examination is necessary unless you have had a viral head cold or sore throat recently, which can cause the neck nodes to swell up. But if your armpit nodes are swollen and are painless then you must see a doctor soon to find out the cause. Also examine your breast for any lumps and make sure that you do not have any lump/ growth in your breast. ...Read more

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Hi! My daughter (8 yrs) just woke up complaining of pain in both armpits. I immediately think of swollen lymph glands. Any ideas?

Hi! My daughter (8 yrs) just woke up complaining of pain in both armpits. I immediately think of swollen lymph glands. Any ideas?

Agree with you: I think you may be right on track! Many viral infections, especially, can cause lymph nodes to swell, and the armpit nodes are commonly painful. I would check to see if she has a fever at all, and look for any other signs of viral infection (sudden fatigue, sinus drainage, runny nose, dark circles under eyes, etc.). Also gently check the neck for large nodes. Fluids, vitamin C, l-lysine, and REST. ...Read more

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How to treat swollen glands under both armpits?

How to treat swollen glands under both armpits?

Need to first make d: First you need to have your doctor make the diagnosis of what is the cause of enlarged nodes. This will need further testing. The treatment will be guided by the diagnosis. So get a full check up done by a specialist. ...Read more

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I've found a small pea sized lump under my left armpit, that is painless and is moveable. Also my glands are also always swollen like big hard lumps.

Seen a Doctor lately: If your lymph glands are enlarged and growing bigger, you need to have them checked by your physician. Lymph nodes do not enlarge unless you have either Infection or Cancer in the lymph glands. So go seek medical evaluation and a physical examination by a doctor, soon. ...Read more

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I had a protected sex witha female whose, @ 4weeks I had fever and became beter after using antimalaria@ 8weeks had swollen glands in my armpits?

I had a protected sex witha female whose, @ 4weeks I had fever and became beter after using antimalaria@ 8weeks had swollen glands in my armpits?

It is hard to put...: The story together. Using protection should have prevented any disease transmission. Why were you treated for malaria? Had you traveled to endemic areas? ...Read more

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Can a swollen gland under armpit maybe be caused by cancer or ra?

Can a swollen gland under armpit maybe be caused by cancer or ra?

Possible....yes: Any abnormal lymph mode needs to checked out by md... Cancer, RA among other more simple possibilities like infection are also possible. ...Read more

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Amoxicillin can cause swollen armpit and groin glands? Why? Dangerous?

Amoxicillin can cause swollen armpit and groin glands? Why? Dangerous?

Amoxicillin: This benign antibiotic is not likely to produce changes beyond allergic reactions. Something else is gong on here and you need to allow your doctor to diagnose and manage. Good luck. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a suspicious mass in the armpit and a swollen/clogged sweat gland?

What is the difference between a suspicious mass in the armpit and a swollen/clogged sweat gland?

Exam: Good question! Often it is difficult for a patient to know the difference between a suspicious mass in the axilla (armpit) and an obstructed or infected sweat gland or hair follicle. If it is red or has a discharge suspect infection and use warm compresses and antibiotics. If it is hard and non-tender it could be serious. See your doctor for an exam. ...Read more

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I found a small sensitive red bump under my armpit and I thought it was a pimple but now there is a second one and my gland is swollen/sensitive?

Staph infection: Most likely you have staph infection which should be evaluated at your doctor's office or urgent care clinic for prompt treatment. These bumps, if left untreated evolve into abscesses, which often need to be lanced for drainage. Feel better! ...Read more

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I have been waking up for the past month feeling off, keep getting re-occuring swollen glands in my armpits and mild headaches, what could this be?

Virus? Mono?: Lymph nodes ("glands") cannot come and go so often. Once actually swelling occurs, it will always last at least 1-2 weeks. So it is unlikely that explains your feeling "recurring" glands over a month. However, your symptoms could reflect some sort of viral infection like mononucleosis (glandular fever), or any number of other conditions. See your GP if your symptoms continue. ...Read more

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I have had sore n swollen glands under both my armpits for a week. What could this mean?

Infection: This suggests infection - either localized "boils" in the underarms from shaving and/or ingrown hairs; or a symptom of a larger, systemic infection somewhere in the shoulder/breast region, or a generalized infection. Any other swollen nodes? Any fevers, rashes? If still present in a week, this should be checked out by your doctor. ...Read more

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Rash on my upper thighs and armpit which turn black, fever and swollen gland under chin what could it be?

Rash on my upper thighs and armpit which turn black, fever and swollen gland under chin what could it be?

Separate problems.: The rash on the intertriginous areas are due to irritation and rubbing depending on your size and condition such as diabetes and sweating which can cause fungal infection. Nodes depend on the drainage system of lymph vessels and what you feel has to be above it to drain there. Look for possible infection from above such as pharyngitis or facial infection, even acne. ...Read more

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I exclusively pump milk for son. I noticed a gland under my armpit No lump jus feels like a rolling vein or something. Is it a lymph node swollen?

Could be?: It is possible and could be a location for a lymph node. Without a physical exam it's hard for me to say exactly what it is. So glad you are getting that good breast milk for your baby! My other questions would be... Is the lump sore or tender? Is there any redness overlying? Does it move with your finger? Or does it seem to be " fixed" Do you have a family history of breast cancer? ...Read more

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Since I was about 12, now 36 I get ugly headaches, sporadic swollen glands (armpits), (later also with sore breasts) & always tired. Please help.

Since I was about 12, now 36 I get ugly headaches, sporadic swollen glands (armpits), (later also with sore breasts) & always tired. Please help.

Cannot diagnose: This requires a detailed history (write down all relevant info), and visit to a good family doctor or general internist for a physical exam, possible imaging studies and labs and full diagnostic evaluation. This cannot be solved over the internet and you must see somebody face to face. Good luck. ...Read more

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I am a 55 year old male. I have what appears to be a lump under my armpit. GP checked for swollen glands in neck and armpit and saw no swelling.?

I am a 55 year old male. I have what appears to be a lump under my armpit. GP checked for swollen glands in neck and armpit and saw no swelling.?

Confusing: If your GP was not able to palpate a lump, then is it gone?? Did you try and show him/her where it was located?? Anyway, chances are it is a reactive lymph node which should go away within a week. Suggest seeing your GP again if it is still there after 2 weeks ...Read more

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Recurring swollen lump under left armpit. Painful not red. In last, had swollen glands behind ear for months at a time. Worried about cancer.?

Recurring swollen lump under left armpit. Painful not red. In last, had swollen glands behind ear for months at a time. Worried about cancer.?

Not likely for you: Your age argues against this being a cancer. It is suspicious for some kind of infection or inflammatory problem. Consider seeing a surgeon or dermatologist to discuss the possibility of hidradenitis. ...Read more

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Fever, chills, congestion, ear pain swollen glands on my neck and armpits, and severe neck pain.

Fever, chills, congestion, ear pain swollen glands on my neck and armpits, and severe neck pain.

Fever and glands: What is duration? Most likely viral syndrome such as ebv although should stil seek medical attention. ...Read more

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Breast pain in left breast, feels swollen, bruise forming, glands are sore under armpit, burning feeling.?

Breast pain in left breast, feels swollen, bruise forming, glands are sore under armpit, burning feeling.?

Need in-person eval: These symptoms could be a number of things: cystic changes, abscess, breast cancer.
You should contact your primary care doctor and ask to be referred to a breast specialist (breast surgeon). You also need a mammogram and ultrasound. ...Read more

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4 weeks ago had swollen thyroid glands inflammed tonsils&mouth few nite sweats, insomnia depression much better but can't sleep and pain by armpit?

Check with MD: These symptoms could be due to a number of medical conditions. This would be best evaluated by your physician. Thyroid enlargement or a goiter usually signals sometimes serious problems. Many of the other symptoms were suggestive of an infectious process that may yet require antibiotics. Enlarged glands in the throat can compromise breathing so your md would want examine. Armpit checked too. ...Read more

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Both armpit glands are swollen w/ a scratchy throat and runny nose. Can it just be a virus? My armpit glands have never been sore and swollen.

Both armpit glands are swollen w/ a scratchy throat and runny nose. Can it just be a virus? My armpit glands have never been sore and swollen.

Viral infection?: Runny nose, sore throat, and swelling of glands are usually associated with a viral infection such as adenovirus or ebstein-barr virus infection. Most viral infections are taken care of by our immune system in due course. If you feel sick, you need to see your doctor to make sure that you do not suffer from infections, which need an antibiotic such as cat-scratch disease or a bacterial infection. ...Read more

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I had a fine needle aspiration on left breast and now can feel a tiny lump in armpit, could fna cause swollen glands?

I had a fine needle aspiration on left breast and now can feel a tiny lump in armpit, could fna cause swollen glands?

Need to see doc: You need to go back to your doctor and have her or him take another look. You also need to ask about the results of the previous biopsy. Any lump in the breast or armpit needs to be taken seriously and evaluated by a professional. This may be completely benign but it is best to make sure. All the best, ariel. ...Read more

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Throat feels congested, no cough or runny nose, swollen glands in jaw, back, groin and armpit. Infection?

Throat feels congested, no cough or runny nose, swollen glands in jaw, back, groin and armpit. Infection?

Yes: If this has been present for no more than 2 weeks, a viral infection is the likely cause. If the symptoms go beyond that or are getting worse, see your doctor. ...Read more

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What to do if you have a child with a swollen gland under the arm?

What to do if you have a child with a swollen gland under the arm?

Monitoring Centers: Lymphatic system absorbs/carries things too big to go into the arteries/veins like bacteria eaten by white cells and digested food. Lymph nodes "taste" the lymph for anything bad like bacteria/viruses/cancers, etc. When it detects a problem, it alerts the immune system and your body reacts. They enlarge in response to the inflammation they create when they react. They shrink when all is well. ...Read more