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Underarm pain

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • September 26, 2007
  • 02:58 PM

Please help! A week ago exactly I was on a plane and noticed little pain in my underarm. Later that evening I saw that it looked to be a small whitehead. The next day I had another one, the day after that I had another one and the next day I had a total of 6. Thinking they would go away after I popped them they continued to form. I asked a pharmacist who said they were just zits from irritation and to put neosporin on them. Now what I thought were small pimples are large lumps. All of the have formed into lumps about the size of a peanut butter M&M. They are extremely painful and have caused loss of sleep and it hurts to simply rest my arm by my side as I am always walking around with my arm out as if I am resting it on something. They are only growing larger and I'm not sure if I should see a doctor or what. Please, please, please let me know if you have any ideas or help.


Again simple symptoms, started out looking like small whiteheads and are now large, painful lumps.

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  • Go to a doctor stat. Do you have a fever? Were you at a tropical country? If these are lymph glands, which they probably are, then they are infected...which is never good. Go now, right now to an Emergency Room. Or, are you a woman who shaves your underarms? You might have a massive infection, folliculitis etc. sebaceous gland cysts. If you could get in to see a dermatologist today (some have P.A's or nurse practitioners), then that might be ok. Please keep in touch.
    rad-skw 1605 Replies
    • September 27, 2007
    • 00:04 PM
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  • If it's any consolation, they don't sound like swollen lymph nodes to me, and much more of a dermatological (benign) concern.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 27, 2007
    • 10:32 PM
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  • Molluscum contagiosum? Lesions may be located on any area of the skin and on mucous membranes. They are usually grouped in 1 or 2 areas, but may be widely spread. Most commonly, they are located on the face, eyelids, neck, underarms, and thighs. Adults often get them in the genital area. Molluscum Contagiosum SymptomsAfter an incubation period of 2-7 weeks, a molluscum contagiosum rash begins as tiny papules (small raised bumps), each measuring 3-6 mm (about one-eighth to one-quarter inch). Some lesions may be as large as 3 cm (1.2 inches) across. The MC rash appears as smooth, pearly to flesh-colored, dome-shaped papules initially. With time, the center becomes soft and indented (umbilicated) with a white curdlike core. This core may be squeezed out easily. Some redness and scaling are possible at the edges of a lesion. This may be the result of inflammation or from scratching.You can look up some pix on dermatology web-sites.You are right Fauve, it's probably not lymph related.
    rad-skw 1605 Replies
    • September 28, 2007
    • 11:11 AM
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