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I have general swelling in my left armpit. There is no lump and It feels like the armpit is puffy. I have no other symptoms except slight discomfort.

I have general swelling in my left armpit. There is no lump and It feels like the armpit is puffy. I have no other symptoms except slight discomfort.

Axilla: Sometimes an axilla (armpit) feels puffy to the patient despite no evident pathology on examination. In these circumstances an irritability and/or some tension of muscular components or, low grade skin irritation or even a slight strain are possible causes of this discomfort. To be sure there is no pathology like enlarged deep lymph glands, have your physician examine you. ...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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Very soft swelling that u can hardly detect a mass inside, under left armpit, for 2 years, getting bigger in last months?

Very soft swelling that u can hardly detect a mass inside, under left armpit, for 2 years, getting bigger in last months?

Get checked.: It is impossible for us to be able to tell what this is without an in person examination. Since it is getting bigger, please get seen very soon! (Within a week) Take your temperature twice a day, and right it down and take those readings to your doctor. Weigh yourself once a week and take that info in, too. ...Read more

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I have a swelling in armpit and doctors say I should remove it, is it a must, nothing was proven its bad or not. But its just a mass 5x5 CM movable?

I have a swelling in armpit and doctors say I should remove it, is it a must, nothing was proven its bad or not. But its just a mass 5x5 CM movable?

Excision biopsy: Yes. I would also recommend to go for excision biopsy of 'mass' in the arm pit, which I assume to be a lymph nodes. You can also discuss your concerns with your doctor before agreeing for the surgery. Good luck! ...Read more

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Feeling of swelling in armpit. No lump, apart from what feels like bone when arm is in the air. No extra warmth or size difference. Any help?

Feeling of swelling in armpit. No lump, apart from what feels like bone when arm is in the air. No extra warmth or size difference. Any help?

Humerus in armpit?: 29 M feels hard bone like bump in arm pit when arm is "up in air".. If you are very thin may be the upper head of the humerus. If so check other side. If feels same probably is. If only one side have you ever had shoulder dislocated? If one side have your team check. And mention to team next visit. ...Read more

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Have sever swelling under armpit not lump. Goes from part of arm pit down side of chest what could this be?

Have sever swelling under armpit not lump. Goes from part of arm pit down side of chest what could this be?

Hidradinitis: The most common form of armpit swelling comes from lympn gland involvement either from an infection of nodes or metastasis from chest or arm primaries. Another cause is hidradenitis where sweat glands in the armpit get secondarily infected and can produce marked swelling. Here antibiotic therapy is employed. ...Read more

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I have a had feeling of swelling around shoulder blade and armpit on rib side for 3 years. Lump there but long and skinny don't think its a node.

I have a had feeling of swelling around shoulder blade and armpit on rib side for 3 years. Lump there but long and skinny don't think its a node.

Simple biopsy: You have a lump for three years. You should go to your doctor and have it evaluated. A simple excision or biopsy could tell you what it is. At a young age you want to make sure it is nothing. You could then stop worrying. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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About 3days ago I felt a lump in my armpit, it started getting bigger swelling and red. It gets agitated by my bra and it is painful. What could it be?

About 3days ago I felt a lump in my armpit, it started getting bigger swelling and red. It gets agitated by my bra and it is painful. What could it be?

Infection?: There are several possibilities. It could be a small infection around a hair follicle, or a lymph node which is swollen because of an injury to your hand or finger. You should see a doctor, have a good breast exam also, as it could be related to a breast problem. Try to find a bra that doesn't rub it, and get seen soon. To make it less uncomfortable, try some hot compresses, and don"t squeezei. ...Read more

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Painful lump in left breast near armpit, doesn't seem to actually go away. I can visibly see the swelling at the site. What could this be?

Painful lump in left breast near armpit, doesn't seem to actually go away. I can visibly see the swelling at the site. What could this be?

Breast lump: Based on your age, this could be an accessory lobe of the breast. It usually engorges with your period. Since it does not go away, you should have an examination by a doctor who may consider an image study such as an ultrasound. ...Read more

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Under me left armpit it feels very uncomfortable like swelling. I'm 31 I don't feel any lumps a little pain there n in my left breast. Can it becancer?

Infection?: The first thing I think of would not be cancer. This could be something called hidranitis (inflammation of the sweat glands) or a local infection. You should alert your friend primary care physician to these symptoms. ...Read more

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Tenderness, soreness & pain for the past 4 weeks in armpit/breast/ribcage on the left side with some swelling. Small lump found below the ribcage.

Tenderness, soreness & pain for the past 4 weeks in armpit/breast/ribcage on the left side with some swelling. Small lump found below the ribcage.

Sounds like: An enlarged lymph node. This can come from infection or inflammation. If it persists, see a doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Swelling in left breast, collar bone, armpit, and shoulder blade area in the left half of my back. A hard bone like lump above my left breast.

Swelling in left breast, collar bone, armpit, and shoulder blade area in the left half of my back. A hard bone like lump above my left breast.

Worrisome: Based on your age I would be less concerned about breast cancer, but you describe a hard lump so this concerns me. Is the area red or painful? This might indicate infection; please see a doctor ...Read more

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I am a 55 year old male. I have what appears to be a lump under my armpit. GP checked for swollen glands in neck and armpit and saw no swelling.?

I am a 55 year old male. I have what appears to be a lump under my armpit. GP checked for swollen glands in neck and armpit and saw no swelling.?

Confusing: If your GP was not able to palpate a lump, then is it gone?? Did you try and show him/her where it was located?? Anyway, chances are it is a reactive lymph node which should go away within a week. Suggest seeing your GP again if it is still there after 2 weeks ...Read more

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Painful lump r armpit 49 f dental hygienist general aching r arm numb fingers r wrist neck bicep thumb middle & ring joint swelling on & off 3-4 month?

Painful lump r armpit 49 f dental hygienist general aching r arm numb fingers r wrist neck bicep thumb middle & ring joint swelling on & off 3-4 month?

Cervical pressure: This could be related to pressure on your cervical vertebrae, if the nerve is under pressure it could send numbing sensation into your arms and fingers, it is affecting you r side. You need to see an orthopedic surgeon and get it diagnosed properly. Hope you get better. ...Read more

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Pain swelling and lump in left testical?

Pain swelling and lump in left testical?

Possible emergency: Sudden onset of severe testicular pain could be due to torsion & requires immediate attention & an emergency to save testis. Epididymitis can also be very painful & would require antibiotic treatment. Some degree of pain relief, by gently lifting scrotum by hand, would suggest epididymitis & increase pain if torsion. Symptoms could also be due to hemorrhage into testicular tumor. Thus see Dr. ASAP ...Read more

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I can see the swelling lump through my cheek. What's wrong?

I can see the swelling lump through my cheek. What's wrong?

See an ENT: Do you mean you have a lump in your cheek? There are many possibilities, including salivary gland issues. You may need a CT or MRI scan for further study depending on location and your symptoms. If the lump is within the cheek, see an ENT doctor. If it is actually on the cheek skin, see a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Weird swelling in wrist with pain and lump that is squishy?

Weird swelling in wrist with pain and lump that is squishy?

Ganglion cyst: While more info is needed, it sounds like you have a ganglin, or "bible" cyst. These are very common at the wrist. They are small balloons of tissue and fluid from the joint, and tend to get bigger and smaller. Sometimes thy have no other symptom but if they hurt, you at need treatment. That an nclude trying to drain it or inject it. Used to be hit with a bible-but don't try that! ...Read more

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Hard lump where IV was 5 weeks later and swelling on forearm?

Likely a blood clot: Likely a blood clot in a superficial vein or a blood clot around the vein. If you have a lot of arm swelling ask your doctor for a venous ultrasound. Otherwise, be patient and it should subside. ...Read more

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