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Painless single localised lump under armpit for several years?

Painless single localised lump under armpit for several years?

Benign: Most likely not cancer if it has been there for several years. May be a cyst or lipoma (fatty tumor). You should be examined to make sure. ...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


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I have little little hard lumps in whole armpit and there is no pus and no pain in the lumps? And its from 3 years

I have little little hard lumps in whole armpit and there is no pus and no pain in the lumps? And its from 3 years

Hard bumps: You may have tiny cysts called milium. See a dermatologist for a diagnosis and discuss how they can be removed if they bother you. ...Read more

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I have had a hard painless lump under my armpit for about 8 months. I just noticed that it has gotten slightly larger. Should I be concerned?

I have had a hard painless lump under my armpit for about 8 months. I just noticed that it has gotten slightly larger. Should I be concerned?

Yes, see your doctor: This sounds like it is a lymph node. Its painless swelling can be caused by several things, including infections like mono or HIV, or cancers like leukemia or breast cancer. You should get in to see your doctor to have it checked out ASAP. ...Read more

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I have had small painless lumps under my armpit, neck and back . Some I have tried to squeeze and out came a whitish, buttery oily stuff. What is it?

Epidermoid cyst: It sounds like epidermoid cyst. It is usually just bothersome but not dangerous/cancerous. They usually continue to recur. Consuming a diet low in carbs, milk and high in healthy fats (butter, olive oil. avocados, coconut) should help to reduce their size in a few months. Try warm soaks, application of tea tree oil. They may help too. ...Read more

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Lump under left armpit, firm and moveable although feels attached. Had it since I was around 13 and is painless but if I keep touching it gets painful?

It could be...: If it has been there for so many years possibilities are: lipoma( fat benign mass), lymph node that has stayed enlarged, sebaceous cyst just to mention a few common ones. All these are not malignant. However you should get it checked in order to have a final diagnosis and if it needs removal. See your doctor for follow up on this. ...Read more

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Hello I woke up this morning and was stretching I reached towards my right armpit and felt a little painless lump underneath my skin. ?

Hello I woke up this morning and was stretching I reached towards my right armpit and felt a little painless lump underneath my skin. ?

Lymph nodes?: This is most likely a normal lymph node. If it becomes tender or it is increasing in size I would see your doctor. If it moves around easily under the skin it probably a lymph node. If it seems to be stuck down and immobile this would be more concerning for a malignant process. ...Read more

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Have had a soft painless lump in my right armpit for several years size of a golf ball a smaller in my left armpit. neither has changed size ?

LymphNode v cyst v ?: While it's rare for lymph nodes to stay swollen for a long time, it's not impossible. Typically they're pain if acute. There are many glands & cysts in the axilla which could explain lump. Perhaps a lipoma (painless benign fatty deposit) or ingrown hair (but these are typically painful). No change in size is good. But best to go see your Family Doc for evaluation, testing & treatment as appropriat ...Read more

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My spouse has a painless, small lump in his armpit. He had one before in the other pit but it went away. Any ideas what it could be? He has an appt.

Lump: Armpit lumps are often caused by ingrown hairs, wens or benign inclusion cysts. However, It's well to have a persistent lump checked by a physician to make sure it's not a pathological enlarged lymph node. ...Read more

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Painless lump under the skin of my armpit. I can feel it on the surface of the skin. It bleeds when I poked a hole.Looks like regular skin but darker?

Painless lump under the skin of my armpit. I can feel it on the surface of the skin. It bleeds when I poked a hole.Looks like regular skin but darker?

Lump in armpit: If you shave or wax there, it may be an ingrown hair that has caused a small collection of oil/skin that you can feel, like a pimple. It is common in that location. Try soaking it for 20 minutes or so, a couple times a day, to see if it comes to a head so you can get it to open up and drain. If it is red, tender, a doctor can open it for you. ...Read more