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Pea sized lump in armpits

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Yesterday i found a small pea sized bump/lump under the skin of my left arm pit. It is slightly painful. The area was shaved two days before and their was no lump or pain. Also i woke up today with a sore throat and typical flu sympthoms and im wondering if that might have caused this problem? Any ideas what it might be or how to get it to go away?


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replied January 11th, 2010
Lymphoma Answer A9014
Hi, welcome to ehealth forum and I am glad to help you.

Your concern is regarding the pea sized lump in the left underarm.
Any lump under the armpit (axilla) is concerning. It could be something as little as a cyst or inflamed hair follicle, but suspicious lymph nodes also can be present in this area.

Skin abnormalities, or "bumps" may arise from time to time, particulary in an area where there could have been irritation. There is a long list of possible causes, and a quite likely cause is irritation or inflammation from the shaving episode that you describe above. In many cases, these things will resolve on their own over a week or so. If it becomes increasingly sore or painful, you may need an antibiotic for which you should see your doctor.

Hope this helps. Take care.
Note: This answer is not intended as and does not substitute for medical advice. The information presented is for patient education only. Please see your personal physician for further evaluation of your individual case.


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