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Numerous Painful Lumps under Armpit (No cure!!)

I am a 27 year old male from Houston Texas.  I have been working in Northern Australia the past year.   Five weeks ago I noticed sore lumps under my left arm, this was followed by fatigue and fever.
The local clinic put me on flucloxacillin for over a week and It did nothing.  I was then put on chephalexin for three weeks.  During this time most of the pain and fever went away, but not the lumps.  They would just go from arm to arm randomly.   During this time I was on a leave of absence from work, stayed out of the heat, stopped the use of deodorant, and washed three times a day with anti-bacteria soap from the pharmacy.  Once the antibiotics ran out after three weeks, I immediately broke out worse than before and had a high fever.  I was flown down to Perth and checked in to the hospital.  The past 4 days I have been on a drip with heavy meds.  The antibiotics got rid of the fever and pain, but not the lumps.  They are still lingering under the skin.  To make things worse the Doctor doesn’t seem to care and told me it was just a hair follicle infection.   This is going on five weeks now, and Im not getting any better.   The MRSA swab came back negative and the blood test didn’t show much.  Somebody please help me!!  This has really affected my life and career and nobody in Australia seems to know how to cure this.  Thank you…..  
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1310435 tn?1273601677
do the lumps have puss like boils ?? it might be clogged sweat glands my sister in law has that and she has to get them lanced out the dr told her there is a surgery to take out the sweat glands but its a little exspensive they gave her a cream to keep them under control its called bactroban its for the infection to stop comeing back so often hope this helps
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 and this can get infected. Consult your PCP for an evaluation. A CT scan can be confirmatory or a fine needle biopsy. Treatment can vary from wait and watch to anti-inflammatory along with antibiotics to excision of the lump. Check for diabetes too as high sugar often results in repeated infection and boils.
Hope this helps. It is difficult to comment beyond this at this stage. Do consult your doctor. Please let me know if there is any thing else and do keep me posted. Take care!
1343146 tn?1279334243
It sounds like your lymph nodes could be swollen, and with a high fever, it sounds like your body is trying to fight off a massive infection.  If it was foliculitis, the bumps would be large and red, with possibly a white head on the top.  If these are just lumps under the skin, then it is more than likely lymph nodes.  You probably need to have a CBC done, and a doctor may need to drain the nodes and possibly biopsy them to find out what is going on or what kind of infection they are dealing with.  Im sorry you are going through this.  I hope you feel better soon.  
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