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Lump in armpit

I discovered a lump under my armpit about 3 months ago. Its not real painful but sometimes my arm does hurt and it even goes numb at times. I just passed it off as a swollen lymph node but since it hasn't went away it is causing me some concern it is approx. an inch long 3/4s of an inch wide and about 1/2 an inch thick it can be moved around and it is under my skin. I know you cant diagnose me without actually seeing me but i was hoping for some kind of direction besides "go see a doctor and have it looked at" I would appreciate any help you could give me on what it could be and what i should do about it besides the obvious ;)

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1326965 tn?1274978402
Had something very like this when i was 7,  turned out to be a lymph node so infected it had to be completely removed. took forever to heal too.(like 3 weeks before the wound closed completely) I still have a large scar i have to shave around.
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it could be a cyst but I think this also has to be removed if it shows no signs of going away.
351246 tn?1379685732
Welcome to the MedHelp forum!
A lump in armpit can be a swollen lymphnode, in response to fungal infection or sweat dermatitis or infection of hair follicles. It can also be folliculitis or a hair follicle infection. It can also be an enlarged lymphnode due to malignancy of breast (rare in males but not impossible). At times it is a cyst too. Consult your PCP for an evaluation. A CT scan can be confirmatory or a fine needle biopsy.
Hope this helps. Please let me know if there is any thing else and do keep me posted. Take care!
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Thank you all very much for your input, i guess I will finally break down and go to a Dr. and get it checked out. To be honest i was a little worried about it possibly being cancer. Anyways I will get it checked out and keep y'all informed                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Thank you all again,

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That wasn't supposed to be like that lol
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