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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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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

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

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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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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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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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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How can you tell if its a swollen sweat gland or lymp node under arm? Its tender and swollen. How do you tell what it is?

How can you tell if its a swollen sweat gland or lymp node under arm? Its tender and swollen. How do you tell what it is?

Hard to distinguish: It could be a cyst or a swollen node. May need medical assessment to distinguish the two. ...Read more

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Swollen lymphnodes under both armpits and both pecs no soreness but they are golfball size?

Swollen lymphnodes under both armpits and both pecs no soreness but they are golfball size?

See internist: This may represent a serious problem with your lymphatics. Infections with a viral illness can cause this but often seen with malignancies. Have it checked out! ...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.

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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My partner has sore gland under armpit no swellng and hsnt changed only got it when he started boxing?

My partner has sore gland under armpit no swellng and hsnt changed only got it when he started boxing?

Ok: This occurs due to a blocked oil or sweat gland, or possibly a lymph node. Try applying hot compress twice a day. If it gets large, painful or inflamed - may need to be removed surgically. ...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?

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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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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Sore, painful, itchy, red and swollen armpits. Use same thing everyday, good body hygiene. What can I do other than go doctors? 21Yrs, Female.

Sore, painful, itchy, red and swollen armpits. Use same thing everyday, good body hygiene. What can I do other than go doctors? 21Yrs, Female.

Irritated axillae: Something is irritating your skin. An applied substance may be the culprit. Yeast can sprout there. Pores can plug. Try this - wash twice daily with antibacterial soap. Dry well. Air dry too. No deodorants. Use small amounts baby powder. ...Read more

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My previous question was about a sore on my armpit and all I was told was it is a lymp node but it isn't swollen it is almost eating away the skin.

My previous question was about a sore on my armpit and all I was told was it is a lymp node but it isn't swollen it is almost eating away the skin.

Bottom line: Is that we are providing best input we can with info provided. If you have a necrotizing lesion - you need medical evaluation as opposed to medical education format that is currently offered on healthtap. ...Read more

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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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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 think I have a swollen lymph node in my armpit. It's a little sore and showed up a few days ago. I haven't been sick recently but my family has.

Infections: Look over your whole arm - checking for breaks in the skin. Sometimes even the smallest breaks in the skin can lead to infections or swollen lymph nodes. ...Read more

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About a week ago my armpit (left) got sore and swollen (lymph node). Is this mono, I think it is, but I am not sure?

No......never: It is a infection of the lymph glands of axilla.....Related to deodorant/antiperspirant use. It occurs with use of dry stick. Can be easily treated. ...By pmd.. ...Read more

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Swollen sore lump under right armpit. I feel stuffy in the head. Should I be concerned about this lump? How long should I wait before dr visit?

Swollen sore lump under right armpit. I feel stuffy in the head. Should I be concerned about this lump? How long should I wait before dr visit?

Lymphadenitis: You should get this examined, particularly if you own or have been around a cat. The tenderness is disturbing since it suggests that this is inflammatory and the source and cause of the inflammation should be investigated.
Good luck and have a nice thanksgiving. ...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 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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I have aching sore armpit at the top of the side chest bone in the hollow when I move in certain positions feels slightly swollen and the bone is sore?

Inflammation: Do you exercise or lift weight? Do you do repetitive movement involving Upper Arm?
Appears you have Musculoskeletal pain/Strain. Rx Anti inflammatory like Advil/ Aleve (naproxen) etc. As long as you do not have a beginning of sore (an Abscess from Infected hair follicles) you will be fine. ...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?

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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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