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Doctor insights on: Swollen Armpit Tendons Ligaments

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Tendon (Definition)

Tendons are made up of collagen and are the functional tissue that interfaces between muscles and bone. Muscles generate force that is transmitted through its tendon that inserts on a specific bone that is moved in the plane of the connecting joint made ...Read more


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Side of ankle stepped on w/cleats in early Nov. Don't know if it's tendons, ligaments or scar tissue. Hurts if pressed & looks little swollen at times?

Side of ankle stepped on w/cleats in early Nov. Don't know if it's tendons, ligaments or scar tissue. Hurts if pressed & looks little swollen at times?

Get an xray: You're still having pain from an injury sustained 2-3mo ago? It's time to see your Family Doc who can order an xray. If negative, s/he may order bone scan then MRI. Or just send you to Sports Med doc or Orthopedic surgeon. In meantime, ask for physical therapy & avoid those activities that aggravate area. ...Read more

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I have a sore arm seems like the tendon on the outside of the elbow is slightly swollen?

I have a sore arm seems like the tendon on the outside of the elbow is slightly swollen?

Tennis elbow: Swelling and tenderness on the outside of the elbow is consistent with tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis). This is commonly due to overuse. Treating it as an injury (rest, ice, compress, elevate) should provide some relief. If that does not help medical evaluation is necessary. ...Read more

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How can I cure mild swollen rash on armpit?

How can I cure mild swollen rash on armpit?

Dermatologist: You should see your dermatologist for treatment and evaluation of this eruption. ...Read more

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How to tell if my armpit lymph nodes are swollen?

How to tell if my armpit lymph nodes are swollen?

Feel them: Place your finger tips into the arm pit the area closer to the chest than the hand. Deep palpation with a little pressure the nodes will feel like a soft pea if they are swollen. Sometines they are hard. If you do feel nodes have your doctor check as well ...Read more

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Can you feel a ligament or muscle under the armpit area?

Can you feel a ligament or muscle under the armpit area?

Armpit: Anterior muscle of axillary fold is the pectoralis, posterior is latissimus. ...Read more

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My right armpit hurts. I can feel a lil lump inside, though not swollen.

Get it evaluated: The several possible causes including a simple cyst or enlarged lymph nodes. Have it evaluated. ...Read more

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What does it mean if both armpits are swollen, and swore with little red bumps?

What does it mean if both armpits are swollen, and swore with little red bumps?

Folliculitis: That's a folliculitis, an infection of the hair follicles caused by bacteria or yeast (or a combination). Topical antibiotics never work on these, in my experience; you're going to need an oral antibiotic, which your doctor or a dermatologist can prescribe for you. ...Read more

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Muscle on my side below armpit is slightly swollen and painful; it's been so for about a week?

Muscle on my side below armpit is slightly swollen and painful; it's been so for about a week?

Be checked: If you did not injure it, probably the two most common causes would be swollen lymph nodes as there are a chain of lymph nodes in that area that can become swollen and tender if inflamed, or some form of infectious process. I would not hesitate to be seen. ...Read more

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During a trip in china, I got swollen, painful nodes in both armpits. I got a cold as well. Should I see a doctor or wait?

During a trip in china, I got swollen, painful nodes in both armpits. I got a cold as well. Should I see a doctor or wait?

Usually OK: Painful lymph nodes are usually a reaction to either a local reaction or systemic illness. You should consult a physician if you have weight loss, frequent vomiting or diarrhea, a persistently high fever, visual changes, night sweats, extreme body aches, or other symptoms that persist and don't seem to be getting better. ...Read more

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My armpit has been swollen since January. There's no distinctive lump though, just everything feels very tense. Could this be serious?

Swelling in armpit: Swelling in the armpit could be due to serious medical conditions such as lymph node or sweat gland enlargement. You need to get that checked ASAP. See your doctor. ...Read more

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Hi. 54 year old female. Full pain in left shoulder blade. Swollen nodes under left and right armpits. What could cause this? Thank you

Hi. 54 year old female. Full pain in left shoulder blade. Swollen nodes under left and right armpits. What could cause this? Thank you

Many things: Whatever it is, you need to see your doctor. If these are in fact lymph nodes, then you may need to see a surgeon. Possibilities include infection, inflammatory or malignancy. Call your doctor and have him/her feel these areas. ...Read more

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Painful lump in the armpit coinciding with a cold; cold is now gone but lump is not, although not painful anymore, feels less swollen. Should I worry?

I'd just watch: For a little bit. Lymph nodes often pop up when we are fighting off an infection of some sort. They can stay enlarged long after the infection is resolved. If it becomes red, hot, increasingly tender, for sure, get it checked out. ...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


Ligament (Definition)

A fibrous band of tissue that connects one bone to another. They hold joints in place. Dr. Fox's trivia test: what one bone is the only one ...Read more