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Lump of flesh under armpits

I have this big lump of flesh under my armpit(approx size of a lemon). It doesn't really pain or hurt me. I have had this for years now. Many times I have thought of showing to a Doctor but I never really did. I haven't ever been able to wear sleeveless shirts. I have done arm exerises to get rid of that extra flesh but hasn't really helped me. I am not really a fat person. I wear size 'S' clothes. Please anybody let me know if there is something I can do about it. Why do I have it and is there a way I can get rid of it in a natural way?
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563773 tn?1374246539
MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL
Hello,
This kind of underarm lump can be a sebaceous cyst, a swollen and calcified lymph node or a lipoma( benign fat cell tunor). Lymphadenopathy (swollen lymph nodes) is usually caused by a viral or bacterial infection along with other numerous causes. Sebaceous cyst is a closed sac below the skin that fills with a fatty white, semi-solid material called sebum produced by sebaceous glands of the epidermis. It is usually painless but can become painful if infected.

My sincere advice would be to consult a dermatologist and get it evaluated as treatment is different for all. It is very difficult to precisely confirm a diagnosis without examination and investigations and the answer is based on the medical information provided. For exact diagnosis, you are requested to consult your dermatologist. I sincerely hope that helps. Take care and please do keep me posted on how you are doing.

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Thank you Bhupinder. You seem to know a lot; looks like you are closely associated with the medical field. Are you a Doctor? I am glad to talk to you. I have had these armpit lumps for several years. It doesn't really pain, but feels quite awkward. Over years, it has increased in size; but never has been a drastic increase. People have told me not to worry about it, it is common that some have it and there is no cure for it. Is it true? I do not want to get any surgery done. Is there any way of getting those removed by some kind of dietary supplements/medicines? I really appreciate your response.

Thanks.
563773 tn?1374246539
MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL
Hello,
If it is a swollen lymph node then a fine needle aspiration cytology needs to be done to find out the cause of the swollen lymph node. For sebaceous cysts and lipoma, it will have to be excised and the techniques can vary like traditional wide excision, minimal excision, and punch biopsy excision. You should get it examined from a dermatologist and discuss the treatment options with him

I hope it helps. Take care and regards.
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Hi,

I feel it is mass of fat(flesh) under armpits, it doesn't look like a cyst to me, as I looked up online about sebaceous cysts and I don't think what I have is a cyst(atleast what I could make out from pictures). To best describe, I would say it is mass of flesh under my armpits. I also read that sometimes fat deposits collect there; so as you gain weight; even the armpit flesh increases; I am not sure if cardiovascular exercises would help; I will give it a try. And yes, I will show to a dermatologist; Thank you. Please let me know your views.

Thanks again.
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Hi girl_from_ny.. I‘ve got the same problem as yours. And for years now that declined me from wearing sleeveless clothes. It really lowers my self esteem. Could you tell me, what did you to remove it?

Thanks a lot
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I also have the same problem and I have had it since I was a teenager. I have gotten it checked out by a doctor and they tell me its fat and breast tissue under my arm pit. When I diet and exercise it seems to get smaller but doesn't ever go away. When I ask doctors about getting it removed, they say they can lipo the fat but not remove it all the way because it is attached to my  nerves and can be very dangerous. I have been living with it under both of my arms pits for over a decade and I have just learned to live and accept it. Most people don't even notice it when I wear sleeveless clothing even though it has bothered me for most of my life.
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