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Are any special tests needed, or can a regular doctor see me for my skin swelling on my arm?

Are any special tests needed, or can a regular doctor see me for my skin swelling on my arm?

Regular doctor: Primary care physician can evaluate, order tests and treat. If unusual he can refer you to specialist. ...Read more

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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more


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Daughter is 13. Had blood test two weeks ago. Flew back from spring break Sat. Arm swelling and a lot of pain started yesterday.

Daughter is 13. Had blood test two weeks ago. Flew back from spring break Sat. Arm swelling and a lot of pain started yesterday.

See a doctor!: Travelling by plane increases risk for blood clots, usually in the legs. However, it's possible your daughter developed one in her arm. Second, if the painful arm is the same arm where she had a blood draw, she could have an infection. Third, what happened during Spring Break? You may never know, but experiments (injection drugs) and accidents (falls) occur. You care, so get her in ASAP! ...Read more

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Hi i have a question i been having swelling in my left hand, also in my arm, and also in me chest. I been to the doctors many of time and had many of test done. And i still have no answer im in a lot of pain and i would like to know whats causing this.

Hi i have a question i been having swelling in my left hand, also in my arm, and also in me chest. I been to the doctors many of time and had many of test done. And i still have no answer im in a lot of pain and i would like to know whats causing this.

Swelling left hand: Injury? numbness? Consider thoracic outlet syndrome, need doppler, ,MRI, EMGs . Check CXR for mediastinal lesions,check supraclavicular lymph nodes, and TMJ. Reflux can cause arm discomfort,,not swelling. f/u /w/ doc http://my.clevelandclinic.org/services/heart/disorders/hic_Thoracic_Outlet_Syndrome http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/temporomandibular-joint-disorder/Pages/Introduction.aspx ...Read more

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Swelling/pain in hands & where arm meets wrists,pain up forearm, elbow, back of arm,swollen spot top of shoulder, RA test -,started 1 yr ago,worried about deterioration,no rash,no warmth,some tingling?

Swelling/pain in hands & where arm meets wrists,pain up forearm, elbow, back of arm,swollen spot top of shoulder, RA test -,started 1 yr ago,worried about deterioration,no rash,no warmth,some tingling?

Pain in hands/arms: This sounds very much like a connective tissue problem. Best to see a rheumatologist for further evaluation and work up. Also with the tingling, EMG/NCS (nerve) testing also indicated. Your provider will know what this means and what to do. Best of luck ...Read more

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I have upper arm swelling between my shoulder and elbow. I have had several blood tests, 3 mri's (brain, throat, cervical spine) and ultrasound of my arm for blood clot, chest X-ray and everything is normal. Any thoughts?

I have upper arm swelling between my shoulder and elbow. I have had several blood tests, 3 mri's (brain, throat, cervical spine) and ultrasound of my arm for blood clot, chest X-ray and everything is normal. Any thoughts?

Muscular: It sounds like a muscle issue. I'm not sure why a brain or throat MRI would be done for upper arm problem. If it is painful or affecting your function, i would have it checked out again. ...Read more

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44 year-old female with a history of DVT and stroke; on Warfarin daily now with right leg swelling and bilateral leg pain.....?

44 year-old female with a history of DVT and stroke; on Warfarin daily now with right leg swelling and bilateral leg pain.....?

Need good ultrasound study and a cardiac echo: Was there a reason found for the stroke? A clot in the leg may travel to the lung, but should not normally be able to get to the brain. The most likely reason it did is a defect in the heart. An echocardiogram will help sort the heart out, and can guide a repair. A good ultrasound of the legs is necessary to see if there is a recurrent clot. If not, another consideration is Post-Thrombotic Syndrome - failure o the valves in the leg veins from scarring after DVT. Patients with DVT need to wear compression hose daily for at least 2 yrs after DVT to minimize the risk of PTS. ...Read more

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What can cause swelling and discomfort by your armpit?

What can cause swelling and discomfort by your armpit?

Many possibilities: You need to get this problem evaluated by your physician. There are too many possibilities, some are serious, some not so serious. An examining physician would be able to evaluate this better. ...Read more

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Hi i saw swelling under my left armpit , it is painful if i touch that part?

Hi i saw swelling under my left armpit , it   is painful if i touch that part?

See a doctor: This could be a wide variety of things, from a local boil or abscess to a tumor. Go see a professional and be evaluated. ...Read more

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I have 4 knots in 1 of my armpits. Two of the knots are the size of a quarter and they are red swollen , and painful. The swelling is going down my a?

I have 4 knots in 1 of my armpits. Two of the knots are the size of a quarter  and they are red swollen , and painful. The swelling is going down my a?

See a MD fast!: Painful skin masses can be due to boils (abscesses), which need treatment. When these cause surrounding redness and swelling, fever, or are increasing in size,then the infection is more serious. Get seen as soon as possible to be treated before the infection can get worse! If the pain, redness, swelling is rapidly worsening (noticeable spreading over hours, not days) get seen right away. ...Read more

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What can I do to reduce swelling on my gland under my armpit?

What can I do to reduce swelling on my gland under my armpit?

See your doctor: Hi. Have you had any skin breakdown or infection on that arm? Is there a family history of breast cancer? Any lumps/bumps in the breast on that side? Any night sweats, loss of appetite, and/or weight loss? Any swollen lymph nodes anywhere else (neck, groin, etc? I think you should see your doctor. Good luck! ...Read more

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For months now I have this hard swelling under my right armpit about size of an orange or something like. Should ibe worried?

For months now I have this hard swelling under my right armpit about size of an orange or something like. Should ibe worried?

See a physician: This kind of finding should be evaluated as soon as possible. Malignancy (cancer) is a possibility as are numerous other possibilities that are not cancer. Please don't delay. ...Read more

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I have hidranitis supportiva for the past 7-8 years. I've gone through surgery for my right under armpit. Now I suffer from swelling. Any comments?

I have hidranitis supportiva for the past 7-8 years. I've gone through surgery for my right under armpit. Now I suffer from swelling. Any comments?

? lymphedema: I presume that you mean your arm is swollen. If the surgery is extensive, the lymph channels can be injured during the process. Many times they will heal with time. --the condition is called lymphedema. Compressive sleeves, and special massages help. ...Read more

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So i got some swelling right under my armpits and it hurts?

See your PCP: A swollen armpit can be caused by a variety of conditions from mild to serious. The most common causes are allergies to the deodorant or an infection. Another cause is swollen lymph nodes- a sign that it is trying to fight off an infection. Rec.: see your pcp to determine the underlying cause and get an appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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What causes swelling of lymph nodes in armpit?

What causes swelling of lymph nodes in armpit?

Various things: Lymph nodes enlargement can be caused by various reasons- among them would include- infection ( especially in the arm pit- infection of the root of the hair is common), inflammation, wound/trauma/scratches etc, malignancy - for instance- spread from adjacent organ like breast, or lymphoma etc. Infection would be the most common, see your doc and have yourself checked. Good luck. ...Read more

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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