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Doctor insights on: Swollen Lymph Nodes Under Arm Pit

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Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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Enlarged Lymph Nodes (Definition)

Enlarged lymph nodes are a clinical finding in which the lymph nodes, which are parts of the immune system, are bigger than in a normal, healthy person. This can be caused by infections, cancers, ...Read more


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I have swollen lymph nodes that are under my arm pit and legs that hurt. Is this normal or not?

I have swollen lymph nodes that are under my arm pit and legs that hurt. Is this normal or not?

Lymphadenopathy: Lymph nodes swell and fluctuate usually due to the inflammatory reaction of infection. Pain also usually means infection and not cancer. If bacterial in origin, then antibiotics may help. If it persists beyond a month, you should see someone who can evaluate it with a needle aspiration bx or similar diagnostic procedure.

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Left shpulder blade pain going into neck. Swollen lymph nodes under arm. Pinched nerve?

Pinched Nerves: Swollen lymph nodes in the arm pit is a concern for a physician. It is possible there are two different pathologies or conditions going on here. From the picture, it looks like there is climbing which could explain shoulder blade pain radiating to the neck and might be a pinched nerve. It would be a stretch to equate a pinched nerve to swollen glands like this. I would see a doctor and soon.

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Periodic swollen lymph nodes under armpit. Tender to touch. Very small, can barely feel but it does hurt. 3rd occurrence. Different arms.?

Periodic swollen lymph nodes under armpit. Tender to touch. Very small, can barely feel but it does hurt. 3rd occurrence. Different arms.?

Hidradenitis: Periodic swelling of glands in arm pit would be more clearly defined especially with relationship to causative factors such as a primary site of inflammation spreading to nodes. Also recurrence appearing at random at different sites and with glands so small they are difficult to palpate. Appears more likely to be inflammation of sweat glands in armpit possibly secondary to shaving.

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I keep getting swollen lymph nodes in my under arm. Around 4 months back I got one and it was infectedthe doctor removed it through a minor cut and t?

I keep getting swollen lymph nodes in my under arm. Around 4 months back I got one and it was infectedthe doctor removed it through a minor cut and t?

Not lymph nodes: Appears to be other processes than lymph nodes which don't just swell unless metastatic disease or severe infection present. The nodes are high up and adjacent to veins extending to arm. Sounds like you have had several infected sebaceous cysts or sweat glands that when not responding to soaks and antibiotics require local exceision.

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I have two swollen lymph nodes on back of neck at night swell during the day they shrink some on right side under arm is sore but no knot please help?

I have two swollen lymph nodes on back of neck at night swell during the day they shrink some on right side under arm is sore but no knot please help?

Lymphadenopathy: Lymph nodes swell and fluctuate usually due to the inflammatory reaction of infection. Cancer at your age would be unusual, but not impossible. If it persists beyond a month, you should see someone who can evaluate it with a needle aspiration bx or similar diagnostic procedure.

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What can I do for swollen lymph nodes under armpit?

What can I do for swollen lymph nodes under armpit?

See your doctor: If you haven't already done so, you should see your doctor to determine the best course of action for you.

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How come I have swollen lymph nodes under my armpit?

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.

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Please can I get some advice?, I have an swollen lymph nodes under my armpit I didn't really care about it I don't know how to distinguish if it is movable, tender or hard?

Get evaluated: 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.

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Would swollen lymph nodes under armpit show up in a chest xray?

Would swollen lymph nodes under armpit show up in a chest xray?

Imaging studies: They might, but interpretation might be difficult depending upon their size. Ct scan would be much more valuable.

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I'm worried about swollen lymph nodes under one armpit--i can't feel them but my doctor did?

Let your doctor guid: Your doctor can guide you further. Nodes are worrisome if they are hard to palpation and are more than one cm in size. So ask your doctor about what he/she thinks these are due to? If they are getting bigger a x-ray/scan or a biopsy may be needed if the doctor suspects that the nodes are diseased.

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Swollen lymph nodes under armpit, no other symptoms, 51 days since exposure. HIV ars? Please help!

See a doctor: And have the nodes examined. It could be many things but if it appears serious the doctor may want to biopsy it

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Should I be concerned about swollen lymph nodes under one armpit? I can't feel them but my doctor did?

Should I be concerned about swollen lymph nodes under one armpit? I can't feel them but my doctor did?

Continue following: It is more likely than not that the enlarged lymph node is benign. Unilateral lymph-node enlargement can be caused by a myriad of things that can stimulate the immune system such as animal scratch, a puncture wound in that hand or arm while gardening, a skin irritation on the arm or chest wall on that side. I recommend that you continue to let your doctor follow-up with you as he recommends.

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How come I have swollen lymph nodes in left armpit?

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.

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Armpit swollen lymph nodes caused by shaving. How long it'll take them to go away?

Armpit swollen lymph nodes caused by shaving. How long it'll take them to go away?

Difficult to say: There are several things to consider. It could be just run of the mill mild folliculitis...But there is also something called hydradinitis supperativa. The latter is more acne like and takes far long to treat and go away. For now. Stop shaving. Make sure you replace the razor frequently and sterilize it in chlorox or the like in between shaves.

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What could be the cause for recurring swollen lymph nodes in armpit? Each time it gets swollen it goes away by itself. Is it a cause for concern?

What could be the cause for recurring swollen lymph nodes in armpit? Each time it gets swollen it goes away by itself. Is it a cause for concern?

Infection: Possible infection especially sweat glands, but if does go away next time see your doctor. A so if you r having recurrent problem u need chek up by ur doctor.