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Boil like Lumps underarm

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  • Posted By: texasmoomom
  • September 26, 2006
  • 08:28 PM

I get boil like lumps underarms. They hurt till they drain then they turn into scares. offten looking like holes under my arms. sometimes even get them under my breast. Does any one have any idea what this might be? thanks for your time.

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  • I get them and they are pretty much what you called them. Boils. You can opt to get them cut out, the core that is (or lanced), if they are always in the same place. I get them under my breast also. They can also be infected pores. They drive me nuts. I sweat alot dur to meds and medical issues. I've noticed that since I started using baby wipes during the day as a freshener under my arms and breasts, I get them less.Its best to check witha dermo just in case though. :)
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • September 27, 2006
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  • After Ten To Fifteen Years Of Blisters Under My Arms And Switching To A Hypoallergenic Deodorant, I Have Discovered ThatIt Is Certain Fabrics To Which I Am Allergic. The Minute I DevelopA Case, I Start Using A 1% Antibiotic Cream And Dispose Of TheOffending Garment. The Condition Will Then Clear Up In 3 To 4 Days.Lately I Think I Have Developed An Allergy To Elastic Beneath TheBra And Around The Legs Of My Underpants. I Have DiscoveredCotton Panties With Loose Legs But Have No Solution For TheBra Problem.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 9, 2006
    • 06:13 PM
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  • DONT FIX THE BRA PROBLEM! FIX THE ROOT OF THE BRA PROBLEM! I itch too and have arm "places"/holes...Just diagnosed Hypothyroid.Do a web search for that! plus other immune and hormone imbalances . Good luck!pray for meI'll pray for you!
    insaneittcher 4 Replies
    • November 20, 2006
    • 02:56 PM
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  • Most boils are some type of staph infection. Mention them to your doc or make an appointment to have them swabbed and sent to the lab. If they give you the correct antibiotic for the form of staph you have, you may be able to eliminate them.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 26, 2006
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  • I have had these since I was about 21 right about the time I was told I have PCOS, look that up allot of these symptons are of PCOS. I have been given meds but they don't work they come back over and over and scare my underarms.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 11, 2007
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  • I also have had boils under my arms. very painful, sometime's they start smelling when they finally drain. antibiotics don't seem to work and they get worse when I sweat. I have what is called hidradenitis suppurativa. There is not much you can do about them some things work on some people and not on others like for example: draining and packing, accutane and sometimes they'll even do a graft where they take out the sweat tracks in that area but they'll sometimes will come up in another area then. The draining and packing is extreamly painful from personal experience and the accutane didn't help me. I know whereas you weight is not a cause it can make it worse. There are several diff. reasons as to why this happens. I had one lanced and tested one time and it came back as staph. then some say your allergic to your sweat and it causes a prob. with that type of hair folical. go figure they don't really have an answer because enough people has not come foward to say look into this. hope this helps you.
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  • I have over the last year or so developed similar symptoms to this and they have been progressively getting worse. Its red itchy blister like bumps that break and drain. Then scab and heal with time. They seem to be triggered by my bra which makes some docters think is a fabric allergy, but I wear similar underwear with similar materials that don't bother me. Antibiotics were tried but made it only more irritated. Steroid creams seem to help it get better as long as i don't wear a bra, but I can't find a bra that does not trigger it or any all cotton bras. Been to many doctors and dermatologist, but their guess seem to be no better than mine!!!! I need help. Anyone have any advise or suggestions about how to handle the rash and/or what to do about wearing a bra???????
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  • Sounds like HS... short for ... hidradenitis suppurativa.Don't mess around thinking they're "just" boils. HS causes canals/tunnels under the skin and the boil-looking things keep coming back, draining, etc. Get to a Dermatologist. Before it gets any worse. My regular doctor tried treating me for just "regular" boils for a year before I finally went to a dermatologist, who took one look under my arms and immediately diagnosed me. Trust me, it's no fun.
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  • For the first time in my life (I'm 60+), I got boils in my armpits, first one, then the other. A doctor lanced the first batch, but new ones grew. I tried eliminating many things--clothes, food etc. hoping to find the cause. Something the doctor said finally sunk in: in looking at the multitude of boils in my left armpit, he said he usually only sees that in gay men. I am not male nor gay. But I associated the comment with having a poor immune system, as in AIDS. I had returned from a trip in which I did not eat well and sometimes went hungry. I think now that that lowered my immune system. So I then made sure my diet included all the vitamins and minerals we're supposed to have and now have clear armpits. We can't perform scientific experiments on ourselves so we can never be sure if we've found the cure for ourselves, but I will make sure I eat properly from now on.
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  • I am 24 and have also had these "lumps" the doctors have said it is a type of staph infection and also have diagnosed it as hidradenitis suppurativa. They claim there are only 2 known cases in my area. I have fought this problem for do long. A few tips only use scissors to trim your hair,don't use deoderant, and wash atleast 2 xs a day with the yellow dial soap. I still get them but not as often since I started following those things. I've been told there is very little you can do except for antibiotics and a very long surgery with even longer recovery time. So if you are getting lumps under your arm that are very painful and the pain eases when they brake I'd ask your doc. about hidradenitis suppurativa. Oh and I also have scars and holes left under my arms Good bye tank tops!
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • August 13, 2007
    • 08:24 AM
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  • ive been getting these things since i was about 13-14 yrs old.. im 18 now and they get so bad that it hurts to breath sometimes.. i have to wear a bra .. i cant just go to work with out one thats not good presentation .. I went to doctors and they all said it was due to stress and all sorts of nonsense.. I ve been getting them this long and what did i have to be stressed about i was younger.. While i was pregnant my ob (dr. lee at drummond medical clinic in ridgecrest california:17604464571 i believe) said it was a condition that is mostly heriditary.. where the sweat glands dont work liek everyone elses.. she had a name for it,.. but i cant remeber it..i moved before she could get me treatment for it.. and.. right now i am in excurtiating pain... im good with pain but this is worse than any labor pains or pregnancy pains i ever had!! boil ease soothes the pain but doesnt fix emmy dad gets em.. he said his doc.. claimed it was due to diabetes.. but i dotn have diabetes and ive tried special diets, vitamins.. all of it and nothign seems to be helping me.. i knwo that my arm pits and whole side(left side) is tremendously horrid looking.. with scarred wholes that i can stick my finger in and fresh bumps.. its not just one but many... and it hurts so bad.. i see this and it makes me releifed that there are others going throguh this.. please give advise...my email is screwedupreligion@hotmail.com... ttitle it armpit or soemthng related please...
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 22, 2007
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  • To treat boils, wet a washcloth with as hot a water as your skin can stand, fold washcloth in half and in half again and then place directly on the boil(s) for at least 5 minutes, four times a day until they disappear. They will either recede or come to a head and the fluid will come out.You don't want to soak a large area of skin, only the skin that has the boil on it. That will get the poison to come to a head.Be careful with cleanliness, because this may be staph infection and others can catch it, or you can catch it over and over yourself in the form of new boils. In between hot water soaks, cover the boil with antibiotic cream or vaseline and cover with a bandaid. You will notice that there will be color on the bandaid in between soaks, that is good, that means it is draining.A Poor Immune system is exactly the problem for any skin problem, and most doctors will NOT tell you this, for they cannot make any money improving your health.... sorry to say this.The best thing you can do is supplement your body with proper essential fatty acids to improve your skin. You've heard of Omega 3 and Omega 6 oils .... An essential fatty acid (EFA) means it is essential to human health, but that the body cannot manufacture it -- You must obtain it from food to be healthy. The American diet provides too much of the bad Omega 6 oils. Starting Dosage: You need to take Omega 3's in the form of Fish oil or if you just cannot stomach that, take flax oil, daily at 5,000 mgs and good Omega6 oils (Primrose, borage) at 1,500 mgs to provide your body with the right ratio of essential (needed) oils. See below for more detailed info on Omega 3's. After 3 months, your symptoms should have gone away or be much reduced. Then cut dosage in half for three months, and see if your symptoms return. If not, reduce to half after 3 months, and see if they return. If they do, increase dosage. Use only what you need for maintenance dose. You will need to take EFA's for the rest of your life, because for whatever the reason (genetics), you are deficient getting all these boils and cysts.I got this information from another website, which you may search for more information on boils, sebaceous cysts and abcesses. There is a ton of info in the archives as well. http://askwaltstollmd.com/wwwboard/newglossary/glossary.htmlBriefly about OMEGA-3: Flax Oil = Alpha-Linolenic Acid (ALA), which the body will convert to EPA and DHA; Fish Oil = eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Alpha-linolenic acid, or ALA, is an essential fatty acid, (EFA). ALA must be obtained from food. ALA, as well as the fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), belong to a group of fatty acids called OMEGA-3 fatty acids. EPA and DHA are found primarily in fish while ALA is highly concentrated in certain plant oils such as flaxseed oil and to a lesser extent, canola, soy, perilla, and walnut oils. Once ingested, the body converts ALA to EPA and DHA, the two types of OMEGA-3 fatty acids more readily "bioavailable" to the body. Omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to reduce inflammation and help prevent certain chronic diseases such as heart disease and arthritis. These essential fatty acids are highly concentrated in the brain and appear to be particularly important for cognitive and behavioral function as well as normal growth and development.Other areas of your body will improve by taking this oil, as when EFA's are deficient, many functions of the body suffer.
    AmazonBlondeum 1 Replies
    • December 5, 2007
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  • If there are boils recurring under the arms I suggest to go to the Derma. right away. I also Have Hidradenitis Suppurative and it contiunes to get worse. After 2 years of treatment still no luck with them going away.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 11, 2007
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  • I have over the last year or so developed similar symptoms to this and they have been progressively getting worse. Its red itchy blister like bumps that break and drain. Then scab and heal with time. They seem to be triggered by my bra which makes some docters think is a fabric allergy, but I wear similar underwear with similar materials that don't bother me. Antibiotics were tried but made it only more irritated. Steroid creams seem to help it get better as long as i don't wear a bra, but I can't find a bra that does not trigger it or any all cotton bras. Been to many doctors and dermatologist, but their guess seem to be no better than mine!!!! I need help. Anyone have any advise or suggestions about how to handle the rash and/or what to do about wearing a bra???????i know a friend of mine was wearing a bra that was too tight. that can cause skin irritation which could cause a boil. ^_^
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 20, 2007
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  • I don’t get them under my arm pits, but on my arms, several big and small 1mm to 6 mm.I have seen several doctors and tried every cream and pill, one dermatologist told me it is my nerves that cause the eruptions, he prescribed some nerve pills that didn’t help over the 3 months I used them. I’ve had this problem for around 12 years now. The only sure way to make them heal is to take tweezers when the sore is open, look for a little white nodule and pull it out! It will cause a few drops of blood, it shouldn’t hurt if it does that means your not doing it right, but yes it will leave a scar.I recently developed one on my cheek, just before the Christmas holiday! Not many Dr.’s available. It made me start to think of home remedies, I got a bottle of tea tree oil and made a Dr. appointment for the new year. The tea tree oil has been the best treatment so far, it drains them, disinfects them and reduces the inflammation. My Dr. appointment was today, we discussed the problem as usual. This time she gave me a little bottle of formaldehyde, and asked to save one of the nodules after I full it out for pathology, and she referred me to a infect uses desies specialist, Jan.28 2008, is my appointment date. I’ll let you know how it turns out.For now, really try the tea tree oil, you can get it in your local pharmacy around the vitamins.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 5, 2008
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  • Have the doctor check you for a MRSA infection.
    Monsterlove 2,921 Replies
    • January 6, 2008
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  • Wow, this is pretty amazing. I can’t be of any practical help to anyone here but its ‘good’ to know other people suffer the same problems as I do with this awful condition. I’ve had it for about 8 years now, and it is gradually getting worse. I have had it checked out by my GP (doctor) and by a dermatologist but she said more or less the same things that everyone is saying here; that surgery is an option but it’s pretty awful surgery and not guaranteed to work. She said it often improves if you lose weight, which makes sense because the condition started immediately after I put on a lot of weight after having my first child. Unfortunately the medical profession have never been able to find a reason for my weight gain (whole other story) except to say the pregnancy left me severely insulin resistant. Maybe this loosely ties in with what others have said about diabetes being a factor because it’s all connected to blood sugar… Anyway, it seems we really have no practical choice but to live with it. I can go for quite a while and it will be not too bad then suddenly it flairs up and my whole underarm will be a mass of painful red lumps. Sometimes the lumps don’t get close enough to the surface to drain and that’s the absolute worst. I agree its disfiguring (I have quite bad scarring and dimpling of the skin under my arm) and at times it’s painful to the point where I find it hard to even let my arm touch my side. I was interested to see that several people have mentioned it only affects their left side, because the same goes for me too. My dermatologist seemed surprised that it hadn’t affected my right arm too but that side has always been fine. I find I seem to suffer the worst break-outs about a week before my period, so it might be affected by hormone levels too, who knows. I’m going to try everything mentioned here: tea-tree oil, hot compresses, Omega 3 etc and just see what happens – none of it can hurt. Unfortunately I live in tropical Queensland (Australia) so no way am I going without deodorant! 
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  • Wow, I'll b 55 the end of this month, and I just started getting these blister like things under my arms a few weeks ago. They appeared after I had been working outside for several days in the humid Florida weather (pressure washing fungi off a brick wall and the driveway.) The right armpit is not as "infested" as the left. There are 10 times more in the left armpit. Neither Neosporin nor baby powder have helped. I've thought about trying Hydrogen Peroxide. I've been taking Omega 3 supplements but will up the dosage to see if that helps. It's so weird to have never had anything like this before, and out of nowhere have these things show up (and yes they are MISERABLE). I'm going to take the advice of seeing my dermatologist. I thought it might be related to hormonal changes, but the suggestion that the thyroid could be involved definitely tweaked my interest. Thanks everyone for contributing to this blog, and letting me know I am not alone in my misery. Maybe one of us will find a way to get rid of these buggers.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • August 15, 2008
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  • I'm 38 YO male & was diagnosed with HS around 2-3 years ago. The sore lumps I get under both arms don't tend to last very long (few days) but can hurt like blazers at times. Thus far I've not had any surface & drain as others have described. I've found using a tea-tree oil based underarm for a couple of years helped significantly so stay away from perfumed & chemical full deodorants (at one point I had a theory about the aluminium ingrediant in deodorants but that was just a hunch). Also make sure ALL soap residue has been well washed away during a shower - if I don't wash all the soap well away I can guarantee lumps within 24 hours.Does this condition always get worse over time or just luck of the draw (or unlucky as it really is)?
    Gotheprobe 2 Replies
    • September 27, 2008
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  • Can anyone help me please. I have a boil under my arm as big as a small apple/pear.It hurts very bad. What can I do to relieve the pain. Or to drain this nightmare. pleasehelp me. Anyone.Help It Hurts.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • September 28, 2008
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