• 26yrs 26yrs
    September 07, 2011
    Painful lumps in my armpit?
    26yrs 26yrs
    September 07, 2011

    Hi there, I found three lumps in my armpit under the skin recently. Two disappeared and one remains. The pain and the lump seems to be decreasing, but can you tell me what is causing this?  Should I see a doctor?



  • PJ Hamel
    Health Guide
    September 07, 2011
    PJ Hamel
    Health Guide
    September 07, 2011

    So long as the lumps seem to be disappearing, then this sounds like some kind of infection that settled in the lymph nodes under your arm, and is gradually healing itself. Pain is also a sign of infected lymph nodes; a cancerous lump wouldn't be painful.

    If the remaining lump doesn't disappear within a few weeks, then you'd want to see a doctor; you might have a more stubborn infection. Plus, any breast or armpit lump that doesn't get smaller and/or disappear within a month or so should warrant a visit to the doctor. Take care - hope the lump continues to shrink on its own. PJH

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