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Old 10-14-2002, 02:27 PM   #1
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Tender Underarm

This afternoon I have noticed a painful, or tender area in my right armpit.It is tender to the touch. I dont have any other symptoms of anything being wrong. I am on day 3 of my period. Yesterday I took the Yasmin bc pill, b/c I was going to go on the pill, but then I changed my mind and decided not to, so I have not taken it again today.I am almost wondering if maybe I just accidentally banged into something and am not remembering? It feels bruised. If it is a swollen gland, can this be dangerous? I just saw my ob/gyn for my annual exam on Sept 23, and was told my breasts are fine. In June I had an ultrasound b/c I thought I had a lump, but it was just me and my anxiety disorder. (Nothing but fibrocystic breasts, the surgeon said)
Anyway, is this tender area dangerous? How long should I let it be hurting b4 I call the dr?

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Old 10-14-2002, 07:19 PM   #2
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Re: Tender Underarm

Sounds similar to what I had. I had a very tender spot in my armpit. After a couple days, I developed a large, painful lump (felt like a large marble) which scared me to death. I went to the doc and she said it was an enlarged lymph node. She said it was probably caused by irritation from shaving and/or deodorant. After a couple days it went away on its own. The bad part was that I couldn't shave or use deodorant for a week, and it was the middle of summer. I now use Dove deodorant and an electric shaver, which is what my doc recommended. I haven't had the problem again.

Old 10-14-2002, 07:43 PM   #3
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Re: Tender Underarm

That is interesting, gobbleduck. B/c I had been having itching and irritation from my soap or deodorant for about a month. I had thought it might be from the excessive sweating I do when I run on the treadmill. I was told to switch soaps and deodorant. I switched my soap to Dove unscented and i switched my deodorant to one with aloe in it. I havent had the itching, but now this painful spot. How can I go w/o deodorant though?

Old 10-15-2002, 08:39 AM   #4
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Re: Tender Underarm

It may turn out to be a boil or infected gland. Give it a few days and use a hot compress under the arm to see if that helps. If it still bothers after a few days etc then see the doc and get his opinion. As for soap and deodorant irritation they do recommend that you change your brand every so often. You might try an all natural brand of deodorant or you can ask your doc about what brands tend to be less irritating the next time you see him.

Old 10-16-2002, 12:45 PM   #5
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Re: Tender Underarm

I had the exact same thing about 2 months ago. Very painful lump in my armpit. The doc diagnosed an infected lymph node. He gave me some antibiotics that cleared it right up.

Get to the doc and get it checked out. Take care!

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