Pus Filled Lumps Underneath My Armpit ..?

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Cormac Reynolds answered

Pus filled lumps underneath the armpit could be a symptom for a number of conditions and it is important to remember the best course of action when concern arises regarding a medical condition is to seek the advice of a medical professional.

Firstly it's worth considering the obvious conclusion that they could simply be spots, or ‘zits’ which appear in parts of the body that have excess amounts of sweat, and given that your armpit is a main contender for the sweat that is produced in your body, getting blocked pores and spots underneath them is not uncommon. A remedy for this would be a cream or ointment and ensuring cleanliness and personal hygiene are at a maximum.

Another possibility to consider is that they could be the result of insect bites. Insects bites can produce some rather nasty lumps. These pus-filled lumps could simply be temporary reactions to a bite that you have received in your sleep

A final possibility is the condition known as 'Hidradenitis Suppurativa' which sounds pretty scary but essentially just comes from the root word 'suppuration' which means the 'formation or discharge of pus'.
Hidradenitis is a stubborn and chronic skin disorder that can affect and cause inflammation of the sweat glands located in both the armpit and groin area. Boil-like lumps, pus-leaking areas and scarring are common attributes which can cause itchiness and discomfort for the sufferer. The condition can often be difficult to get rid of, and unsightly and embarrassing for the sufferer but luckily can be treated with either medication or surgery, so if you have concerns regarding your condition, the best course of action is always to consult with a doctor or medical professional.

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I have the same thing. I got it like 2 years ago. When I first got it I didnt go to the doctor for 6 months and just covered it with gauze for those 6 months, because they wouldnt completely close. Finally I got tired of it and went to a dermatologist and he drained it and shot me cortisone and gave me some pills and a cream, but told me to not have any children while I was under the medication. I took the medication for like 3 months and quit even though I was supposed to keep taking it. It went away with small flare ups now and then. I forgot to mention that he said that they flare up when you gain weight and are under a lot of stress. Well I've recently been under a lot of stress and gained some weight and that have come back! They hurt like hell and makes my whole arm feel weak! I think I even have fever. I'm waiting for my period to come so I can go back to the doctor so I can get back on that medication.
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Anonymous answered
There is a disease that I need to look up. I know one person who has a condition where the boils are a constant thing in the area of the sweat glands. They can be surgically removed however the boils reoccur. This person has been fighting the condition for years and is using natural remedies now to heal the boils.     Definately go to the doctor and research, research, research until you are satisfied with your diagnosis. Then research it somemore!!     Good Luck!
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Leona Petty answered
I get boils occasionally, and under the armpit seems to be the most painful. For all of you who squeeze the pus out, please try this first. Go to any drugstore pharmacy isle and get BLACK SALVE. It comes in a small round tin- just ask the pharmacist to find it for you. Inexpensive, $4 or less. You'll also need some large square band aids. Apply the salve to the bandaid kinda thick and put it on the cyst, making sure it covers the head of the boil. Go to sleep with it on and when you awake the boil will have popped Itself and the black salve draws out the infection/pus. I swear by it. Oh and be careful- that stuff stains linen. But works like a charm and no more painful squeezing involved.
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Anonymous answered
It is most likely a fungal or bacterial infection. The combination of sweating and rubbing that happens in your armpits provides the ideal habitat for bacteria. The best course of action is to see your physician (or go to a walk in clinic) because there are medications available.
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Anonymous answered
I have some swelling in my underarm.... Near period time I will get pain and it is like a small balloon very softy.... I have this in my 2 sides of underarms..... I have this for 10 yrs what is this
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Anonymous answered
I get this same thing in my left pit. Over the last year or so I have had it like 3 or 4 times.
A couple times I got it to pop and squeezed it several times through the day to get all the pus out and had my wife help. A couple times it never popped it just went away. This time it is back and when I went to bed last night it was hurting and when I woke up today it was like golf ball size and I kept messing with it squeezing it even though it hurt and now tonight it is smaller, feels kind of hard but feels like it is going away. Not sure what to think about it. I know if I keep getting them I am going to talk to the doc I know men can get breast cancer also so I am kind of wondering why it keeps coming back.
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ray of light answered
You have not mentioned that where you are having this problem? The bumps filled with blood and pus can be due to many reasons. It can be the result of an injury which develop infection. It can also be the bacterial infection including MRSA. For differential diagnosis, visit a doctor and get appropriate treatment.
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Penny Kay answered
No, I am sorry that I can not help you, however, I advise you to see a Dr. This definitely sounds like something that requires medical attention. From the description you gave, it could be bubonic plague. I doubt that is what it is, but without a Dr.'s evaluation, something more serious could emerge.
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Deborah Wacker answered
You are having one boil after  another popping up. With boils they have to be drained and when they are drained you must make sure you get the actual core out or they will keep coming back. Since you have them so frequently you may want to go to the Dr so he can culture it before draining it to see what kind of bacteria you are growing inside those boils. Also you have lymph nodes there that can be involved and you do need to have those checked.
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Deborah Wacker
Deborah Wacker commented
Yes you can do these yourself but there is one way to do this. You need to wait and make sure you pop it at the right time. It may get quite large but when it is ready it will probably pop on its own or it will start getting red. As bad as it hurts you will need to get someone to help you. They need to open the boil by taking a sterlized needle to open it. Then squeeze it until it is completly drained and they pull the coil out. You will know what it is when you drain the boil. Once it has been
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Anonymous commented
Ok that's alot more work then previously thought LOL, I'll go up to the emergency room tomorrow and see if a doctor can't do that for me even without insurance because they hurt and i can barley lift my armpit up anymore because of the pain if not i'll have to do it myself .. Thanks alot for these answeres they have been really helpful
Deborah Wacker
Deborah Wacker commented
That would have been my first choice. They really do need to be cultured and it may be as bad to the point they may need packing. I tried to continue my instructions but it cut me off. So you going to er helps me from typing so much. Lol. You see I am a nurse so I tend to give a nurses way of doing things, but I know my way is the right way. Good Luck.

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