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Why do I have pimples in my armpits?

Why do I have pimples in my armpits?

Pimples in armpits: Pimples or pustules in armpits could be a bacterial or yeast infection, particularly if they are red, itchy or painful. There are a number of other causes of pustules in underarms. Please see your dermatologist for a proper diagnosis and treatment. Read more

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Why do I have a pimple on my armpit? What do I do to get rid of it? Thanks

Why do I have a pimple on my armpit? What do I do to get rid of it? Thanks

Hygiene: There are many sweat glands and hair on the armpit. Sometimes, dead skin and dirt can clog the pore of the skin around the hair/sweat glands and infection can happen in the form of small pimple. A good personal hygiene will help. Read more

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I have about seven red itchy sore pimples on my armpits and now starting to hurt from so much scratching, sometimes a clear liquid comes out what is it?

I have about seven red itchy sore pimples on my armpits and now starting to hurt from so much scratching, sometimes a clear liquid comes out what is it?

Allergy to cosmetics: My first thought is that you developed allergic contact dermatitis to y our deodorant (very common). Stop using what ever you are currently using and temporarily use corn starch. If this solves the problem, then buy a hypoallergenic deodorant fro clinique or almay. If no better, see a dermatologist or allergist/immunologist. Read more

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What could the weal/pimple-like things on my armpits be?

What could the weal/pimple-like things on my armpits be?

Several things: This is one of those problems where a visit to your doctor is necessary to figure out what's going on. Only after a thorough evaluation, including examination and possibly labs and other tests, can your doctor correctly diagnose you and treat you effectively. Read more

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I have a big pimple like painful bump near my armpit?

I have a big pimple like painful bump near my armpit?

Cyst: Inflammation or infection from a painful pimple or cyst may be drained, injected with corticosteroid, warm compresses applied and or treated with antibiotics. See a dermatologist for proper diagnosis and treatment Read more

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Pimple on armpit it's red and hurt what do I do can I try to pop it?

Hot compresses: Hot compresses may bring it to a head, at which time may be able to drain it. If large red, hot area spreads around it, then it may become a cellulitis, a spreading infection in the skin. This requires an antibiotic to treat. Or is if becomes quite large, it may develop into an abscess, which the doctor may have to incise and drain. Read more

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My daughter has a pimple in her armpit that doesn't bother her for 4 weeks. Should I do anything?

My daughter has a pimple in her armpit that doesn't bother her for 4 weeks. Should I do anything?

Yes: I forgot to say an important detail. My daughter is 11 months old. I ended up taking her to the pediatrician and they referred me to the dermatologist for her. The dermatologist diagnosed her with molluscum contagiosum and was immediately treated. She is all fine now. Good thing I took her to see the doctor. Read more

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In the armpit, feels like a very deep pimple, about the size of a quarter, painful but no "head", what is it?

Sounds like a boil: You need to get in to a physician's office or urgent care for what sounds like an abcess or boil. These are treated with antibiotics & sometimes with incision and drainage. Read more

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One month ago I felt a small bump or pimple under my left armpit. It is still there. Do mot have my pain. What could it be?

One month ago I felt a small bump or pimple under my left armpit. It is still there. Do mot have my pain. What could it be?

Lymph node: Could be a swollen node. Get it checked by your doc as skin swellings, rashes, etc can be very hard to diagnose on this kind of forum. Read more

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I have a pimple a little smaller than a pea and some other small ones in my armpit and the bigger one is painful what should I do?

I have a pimple a little smaller than a pea and some other small ones in my armpit and the bigger one is painful what should I do?

Possible infection: A painful pimple under the arm can be an infected hair or gland. Try very warm wash clots to see if it will pop and if it gets bigger or does not go away then see your doctor who may prescribe a short time of antibiotics Read more

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I shaved my armpit yesterday and today I see a pimple with puss on my armpit. Should I be worried?? It doesn't hurt and it very tiny.

This does happen: Sometimes. It sounds like an inflamed hair follicle. Apply warm compresses to the area several times per day until it's gone. If it doesn't get smaller or if it gets larger despite doing that, please see your doctor. Read more

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Is it possible to have whiteheads on armpits?

Is it possible to have whiteheads on armpits?

Yes..: Yes you may have those in the axially area, however, if they are very tender, hard or fluctuate may not be a whitehead and instead boil or an abscess. If it is painful and growing bigger see your doctor for exam and treatment as necessary. Read more

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I have a large pimple on my armpit what do I do I also got a huger one next to it?

I have a large pimple on my armpit what do I do I also got a huger one next to it?

Skin Infection: This is simple. You have a skin infection. It needs to be evaluated by your family physician sooner than later. Please go see your family doctor today. Read more

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How to. Get rid of armpit pimple?

How to. Get rid of armpit pimple?

See answer: Try warm compresses and if it does not go away in a day or two, then see a dr. For an evaluation to assure it is a pimple/cyst and or something else all together. Best wishes. Read more

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Should I go to the doctor if I get pimple like lumps under my armpits?

Should I go to the doctor if I get pimple like lumps under my armpits?

Maybe: These are common. If you are having large or painful lesions, or very frequent problems with this, consider seeing your pcp. If you have small bumps that come and resolve on their own, medical attention may not be necessary. Read more

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Please help! Infected painful pimple under my armpit making me unable to move my arm?

Please help! Infected painful pimple under my armpit making me unable to move my arm?

Sounds awful!: An infected pimple that is hurting so much that you really cannot move your arm needs to be checked by a doctor. This may need to be drained, and you may need to have antibiotics. Please don't wait on this, though, because it really can get worse. Good luck. Lgromkomd. Read more

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