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1079917 tn?1327526008


The lump under my arm has been here for 5 years now. I wouldnt be worried only, when we popped it, it still came back. I went to 3 different doctors. First said i was allergic to deodorant. Second said it was bruised hair follicles. And the last one said its a cyst. I dont know which to believe. All i know is that it moved from the original spot to where it is now. It is too painful to sleep and so before i go to bed, i always have to put a cold wet cloth on the lump. It by my arm pit but it is just under it. I can feel it every time i put my arm down. It is red and very sore. I hope you can help :)
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563773 tn?1374250139
This kind of bump can be a swollen lymph node, a sebaceous cyst or a boil. Lymphadenopathy (swollen lymph nodes) is usually caused by a viral or bacterial infection along with other numerous causes. Treatment is usually cold compresses, over the counter anti-inflammatory analgesics (pain killers) like acetaminophen or ibuprofen, antibiotics if cause of infection is suspected to be a bacteria and surgical drainage if there is any abscess formation.

Sebaceous cyst is usually painless but can become painful if infected. Then antibiotics are needed.

Boils are caused by infection of the hair follicle be staph aureus. Treatment includes antibiotics. I suggest you to get an evaluation done from a dermatologist.
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.

1079917 tn?1327526008
With all the antibiotics that we have tried, they work up until i stop taking them because they run out. This has been about my 5 day of no sleep because the pain hurts to much to just lay in bed. Also, none of the pain meds i have tried have worked so far. I have tried extra strength tylonel and advil to put me to sleep and nothing has worked. Should I be scared?
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