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Possible armpit infection?

About 5 days ago, I noticed a lump on my armpit which had a yellowish, tiny, pus-like bud. No pus or debris appeared, however, hence I'm not sure if it is an abscess.

2-3 days later, a separate lump appeared on the same armpit, but this one is elongated, like a strip. There are also extremely tiny buds (close to dots but not as 2-dimensional) on it. Both are reddish, painful and relatively (not very) hard when I raise my armpit and apply pressure on them.

They occurred while I was on vacation. Could it be due to the (hotel) towels used? I'm not sure if there is a nick on my armpit, because sometimes it appears and sometimes it doesn't -- there is no way for me to identify it accurately.

I am really worried and I would appreciate any advice on further identification of this problem ( i.e. whether they are symptoms of an infection or not :( ) and possible home remedies besides warm compression as a first reaction.

Thank you so much!
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Hello,
These can be due to boils or hidradenitis suppurativa. Hidradenitis suppurativa is a skin disease that affects areas bearing apocrine sweat glands and hair follicles; such as the underarms, groin and buttocks esp in women.

Apply warm compresses on the lumps and keep the area clean. Topical antiseptic treatment and topical antibiotics such as mupirocin or neomycin containing ointment is very useful. If still the lumps persist then specific treatment like antibiotics,vit A supplements,corticosteroid injections,isotretinoin,antiandrogens and sometimes excision and drainage ,laser therapy and radiotherapy are found useful. I feel that you should consult a dermatologist and discuss these options with him.

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 doctor. I sincerely hope that helps. Take care and please do keep me posted on how you are doing.




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Thank you so much! The doctor diagnosed it as an abscess, perhaps due to trauma to the armpit.

However, she mentioned that upon recovery, a hard lump (she called it leftover sebum) may still remain and that it is not of a big deal. I'm wondering why that is so and whether I should get further medication to rid the lump completely.
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