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painful and changing Underarm lump

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • August 13, 2006
  • 06:27 AM

I'm new here, and I've posted this elsewhere in better hope of someone answering my question.

I'm a 21 year old female and about a week and a half ago I noticed 2 large painful, hard, unmovable lumps in my underarm with the skin being pink, turning to a light purple. Ingrown hair is ruled out, as well as absess because they shrank back and never had a head or exit. They are now two unpainful pea-sized hard unmovable bumps that can only be felt and not seen. About 5 days ago I again noticed one large lump that, up until today, were also hard, painful and unmovable. Now the dark reddish (almost bruised) spot, about a dime in size, feels soft and squishy to the touch. Surrounding the main area is a painfully swollen area about the size of a silver dollar that cannot be seen but only noticed by touch. Occasionally the pain radiates all the way to my finger tips. I have checked my breast for lumps because I've heard breast tissue can also be under the arm, and nothing there. Money is tight, so should I be worried enough to go see the doctor? Any ideas?
Any help at all is appreciated.

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  • i found a hard lump which has doubled in size in about a month under my armpit. it has been painful only twice. i don't see a head and it has never been red but a brownish color.bg2bg6
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 12, 2007
    • 04:38 PM
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  • i found a hard lump which has doubled in size in about a month under my armpit. it has been painful only twice. i don't see a head and it has never been red but a brownish color. I am 43 years old am very concerned. it is appoximately the size of a dime now.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 12, 2007
    • 04:42 PM
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  • i found a hard lump which has doubled in size in about a month under my armpit. it has been painful only twice. i don't see a head and it has never been red but a brownish color. I am 43 years old am very concerned. it is appoximately the size of a dime now.could you please tell me what might be wrong with me?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 12, 2007
    • 04:53 PM
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  • Please don't touch it and have a doc look at it. It could be a swollen lymph node and will be much worse and longer to get better if you keep touching it.. These glands are very sensitive!! ...I just found that out the hard way the other day, by feeling it. Mine was abt egg sized. The doc gave me antiboitics to help get rid of the infection....I had been treating for Lyme disease, so that may factor into my gland. The doc told me, if you get a scratch on your hand, bacteria can migrate to the lymph glands in the underarm area. Same with a cut on the foot, you may get the grion glads to swell. There are also some illnesses that do cause cysts, so please get a doc to check you out.... Hope you feel better soon.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 15, 2007
    • 02:32 PM
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  • hiya, try looking up a bartholin cyst this may be what it is.kerry x
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 22, 2007
    • 09:59 PM
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  • Have your doc check for cat scratch fever. Sounds like when my uncle had it. They removed the lymph node and then was fine
    kitten8266 2 Replies
    • February 26, 2007
    • 04:09 AM
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  • hiya, try looking up a bartholin cyst this may be what it is.kerry xPlease don't give advice if you are not familiar with what you are saying. Bartholins cyst are only found in the vaginal Labia. Bartholins glands are 2 small glands located below and to both sides of the vaginal labia. Any lump that has changed shape, size or colour should always be checked out by a Doctor. x
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  • I'm new here, and I've posted this elsewhere in better hope of someone answering my question.I'm a 21 year old female and about a week and a half ago I noticed 2 large painful, hard, unmovable lumps in my underarm with the skin being pink, turning to a light purple. Ingrown hair is ruled out, as well as absess because they shrank back and never had a head or exit. They are now two unpainful pea-sized hard unmovable bumps that can only be felt and not seen. About 5 days ago I again noticed one large lump that, up until today, were also hard, painful and unmovable. Now the dark reddish (almost bruised) spot, about a dime in size, feels soft and squishy to the touch. Surrounding the main area is a painfully swollen area about the size of a silver dollar that cannot be seen but only noticed by touch. Occasionally the pain radiates all the way to my finger tips. I have checked my breast for lumps because I've heard breast tissue can also be under the arm, and nothing there. Money is tight, so should I be worried enough to go see the doctor? Any ideas?Any help at all is appreciated.I would try an herbal pack of Plantain and Marsh-mellow herb, on the sore/lump and drink about 1 quart of the tea a day. I have used it when I had a red line heading up my arm from an infected thumb, I saw the line receded within minutes. I have used it many times since with great results, I always soak or pack two or more times, and drink the tea at the same time.ORAs it is a lymphatic gland I may also try mullein herb packs also, my dad had swollen glands in the neck that he used mullein, and the inflammation was half in one day, and gone within 5 days.If you have questions contact me (right click on name, than open, than email)lymphatic system
    abdrew 24 Replies
    • February 1, 2008
    • 05:46 AM
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  • I reccomend stopping use of anti-perspirants, you can still use deoderants, but don't use anti-perspirants. They block up the system and cause buildup of toxins in the nodes in that area. I had a painful swollen lump under one arm almost a year ago. I stopped using anti-perspirants and after a couple days the size decreased a lot, and, after a few weeks of smelling pretty bad (only on the one side) It went away. It comes back every time I use antiperspirants for more than a week straight. If you do this and it doesn't seem to change after a few weeks you probably want to see a doctor, or at least try some other ideas. I'm still searching for a deoderant that acctually de-odorizes as well as some of the anti-perspirants&deodorizers out there. Most antipersperants i can put on and the odor is gone instantly, not so with any of the plain deoderants i've found, but Now that I don't use anti-perspirants I really don't have underarm odor as long as I shower everyday and use the deoderant that I have (weak as it may be). One brand I've used is JASON I'm not too fond of the peach scent but there's a different one that I liked, i don't remember its name only that the picture was blue :p Best of luck ~Nancy~
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  • In another thread, a person mentioned HS, or Hidradenitis Suppurativa. I am 25 and developed this last year. I have PCOS and it is a rare but possibly related problem, though not always, I guess.HS is a chronic condition where large boils may appear under the arms, breasts, and between the thighs. Doctors are not sure of the reason for their cause, and there is no definite cure. The boils can be large, red, and painful, last for a while. And when they do calm down, scars are left behind. I'm currently being treated for this condition with antibiotics, but they don't seem to be working. I am really embarrassed by this problem as I cannot show my underarms in public and rarely shave them because it seems to bring on the worst cases on the boils.
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  • In 1998, I developed a lump/bump under my armpit. I went to the gyn who sent me to a surgeon. They removed it and found out it was a lymphoma. I have NHL. I strongly suggest you visit your gyn and take it from there. I am still here almost ten years later, so I am walking proof you will be fine, if you take care of yourself and visit the gyn now.
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  • Ive had lumps underneath my armpits for about 3 or 4 years now.When i press on it, it hurts all the way to my fingertips as well. I went to three different doctors, each one told me a different thing. The doctor i am going to right now says its nothing to worry about and that it's just tissue and that the tail of the breast extends underneath the armpits, another doctor told me it was fluid. The doctor gave me the option of leaving it as is or removing it. (I opted for surgery, since i feel discomfort with it there. It's been growing and getting so big ) The lump is squishy and with about 2 hard lumps. I am scheduled to have a surgery next week and get it removed. I guess they will give me anasthesia and remove it. The surgery is going to take me 1 hour and the doctor said they would take the lump out and send it to the pathologist to see what exactly it is. I guess i will just be left with a scar. Im scared but hopefully it will alll be better after the surgery.I would suggest you atleast consult with a doctor first just to be safe no matter what it is, just so you know for peace of mind.I would try an herbal pack of Plantain and Marsh-mellow herb, on the sore/lump and drink about 1 quart of the tea a day. I have used it when I had a red line heading up my arm from an infected thumb, I saw the line receded within minutes. I have used it many times since with great results, I always soak or pack two or more times, and drink the tea at the same time.ORAs it is a lymphatic gland I may also try mullein herb packs also, my dad had swollen glands in the neck that he used mullein, and the inflammation was half in one day, and gone within 5 days.If you have questions contact me (right click on name, than open, than email)lymphatic system
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  • hiya, try looking up a bartholin cyst this may be what it is.kerry xUmm..a bartholins cyst is in the vagina..it's the Bartholin's gland on the vagina that becomes infected.
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