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lump in armpit

Hello everyone. For the last 4 months or so Ive had a thickening of the skin over my right axillae. I has a huge abscess in the area which resolved spontaneously after antibiotics. I noticed the irregularity in my skin soon afterwards. The lump hasnt increased in size but it wont go away either. Any thoughts??....thanks.
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563773 tn?1374250139
MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL
Hello,

This kind of bump can be a swollen lymph node, a sebaceous cyst or a lipoma. Lymphadenopathy (swollen lymph nodes) is usually caused by a viral or bacterial infection along with other numerous causes.
Sebaceous cyst is a closed sac or cyst below the surface of 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.

Lipoma is a benign fatty tumor. I suggest you to get an evaluation done from  a dermatologist. I hope it helps. Take care and regards.
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Hello doctor...thank you so much for your reply. I noticed the lump after my abscess resolved without I&D.....could fibrous tissue walling off the abscess produce a lump like this? Its rather small and I have to poke at it to feel it properly.....I guess Im a hypochondriac and assume the worst. Any reply would be greatly appreciated.
563773 tn?1374250139
MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL
Hello,
Fibrosis while healing of an abscess can cause a lump where there was an abscess. But the other possibilities that I have mentioned are also common in the armpit areas. Hence please get it examined from a dermatologist.

I sincerely hope that helps. Take care and please do keep me posted on how you are doing.
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Thankyou so much for the response.....Ill keep you informed.
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Hello
Recently I have had two surgeries to remove an abscess in my groin/left thigh. The First operation occurred two weeks before the second. I'm now 8 days post second op and the wound is healing well and I thought all was going to be ok but the nurse who comes daily to pack and redress my wound is very concerned about the large approx 8cm long hard lump that surrounds the wound. She applied pressure and squeezed it alot yesterday and now the whole region is painful again. Up until her visit yesterday I had no pain at all. Any idea what this hard lump is? Could it require further surgery or is it just scar tissue?
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