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Swollen Sweat Glands
Underarm swollen sweat glands: what are the best means by which to prevent them & to treat them if they occur? What type of dr treats them?
Start w/ PCP: There are some different considerations here, so i'd get an eval by your primary care doc so s/he can point you in the right direction if more eval/tx needed. Sometimes this is an infectious type process, but if the "swollen sweat glands" are actually lymph nodes you'll need more eval. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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?
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
I don't know if its a swollen sweat gland in my breast or what, however I do have a history of breast cancer in my family. I am scared help?
See a doc!: It's probably not this, but inflammatory breast cancer occurs suddenly with breast pain, redness, or swelling or a rash. Mammograms are often negative. It is very fast-growing and spreads quickly. Immediate chemotherapy is needed. It looks like an infection, so doctors often try antibiotics first, delaying diagnosis. See a medical oncologist immediately if you have these symptoms. ...Read more
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
A week or two: If it is heat-rash, it should go away in a week or two if you can keep cool and dry. Often, no treatment is needed. Topical steroid may help it go away a bit faster, but typically not really needed. If it is not a heat-rash, you may have swollen lymphnodes, they may take couple of weeks. If infected sebaceous cyst, it may need to be lanced/treated. If getting worse, consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more
Plenty of such gland: Not all the sweat glands can block! They number in thousands, so a blocked duct or two would not stop you from sweating! ...Read more
Excessive sweat: It is an inherited condition but easy to treat. Excessive sweat can be treated with Botox injections. These are very tiny injections and not usually uncomfortable. The treatment should last at least 6 months and is often covered by insurance. Alternatively, one can use clinical strength antiperspirant available off the shelf. The secret is to apply it at night before bed. ...Read more
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