Hi my friend has a lump under her right arm and says that it hurts when u touch it....shes had if for a while as well i think

I told her to see a GP but she keeps saying its ok...

Whats the worst possible scenario and whats it most likely to be???
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replied February 5th, 2009
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If this lump,round in shape, feels smooth to the touch, and painful, could be a sebaceous cyst resulting from clogged sebaceous gland.
Armpits are common sites for presentation of sebaceous cysts.

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Marija
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replied February 13th, 2009
It could be a sebaceous cyst since it is painful, movable, and encapsulated. A malignant cyst is the opposite. It is not painful, immobile and non-encapsulated. That's when you should see your GP or an oncologist to confirm the matter..
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replied February 13th, 2009
wll i have the same thing under my arm my doctor said that it might have been a cyst, so i had it removed but 3 months later it came back, so now they think that it is a skin condition so i now have to go for another operation to remove all the skin.

so that could be the problem with your friend so thell her to see her GP
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replied April 2nd, 2019
Thank you for asking at Ehealth forum!

I read your question and I understand your concern.
It sounds infected lump. Mostly its a condition known as hidradenitis suppurativa. Topical antibiotics and pain killers are needed to combat this problem.
I hope it helps. Stay in touch with your healthcare provider for further guidance as our answers are just for education and counselling purposes and cannot be an alternative to actual visit to a doctor.
Take care
Khan
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