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    Old 07-09-2009, 11:49 AM   #1
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    28yr old Female w/painful lump under arm

    I have had a lump under my arm for the past week now. I was going to schedule a dr's appt but then it started to go down...well now its the size of a golf ball and now only that but Im feeling sick (not sure if its related). I've been running a low grade fever for 2 days now and my throat feels like I swallowed a handful on sand. I am a single mother of 3 so my finances are tight right now...anyone have any advice other then the obvious?

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    Re: 28yr old Female w/painful lump under arm

    It may be a reactive lymph node (it's very hard to tell these things obviously only by a description). It may be something called "hidradenitis suppurativa" which is essentially the blockage of a sweat gland that can accumulate the skin's secretions and become large and inflamed. Running hot water in the shower over it or putting a hot compress on it can often open up the ducts and let it drain. Of course, the other thing it could be is a furuncle/carbuncle (large boil) from a Staphylococcus aureus infection.

    You should try the former, and if it doesn't work, seek medical attention sooner rather than later.

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