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What causes pus filled lumps under the armpits? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 23-Apr-2014
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User:I have pus filled lumps under my armpits that want stop leaking or go away what should I do
Doctor:
Let me read your query for few minutes to be able to have a good discussion here.
Doctor:I have read your query, thank you for waiting
Doctor:You need to take effective antibiotics orally for it to go away
User:What is it
Doctor:I usually prescribe my patients a 7 days course of amoxicillin with clavulinic acid
Doctor:If need be surgical drainage of the lumps can be done too
User:Why do it smell
Doctor:because of the bacterial infection
Doctor:A culture of the pus from the lumps will help to identify the organsism
User:Will it cause sores anywhere else
Doctor:Yes, if it is generalized infection, it can spread to other adjacent areas
Doctor:May I know your age and are you diabetic?
User:Can it be past to others
Doctor:no, very unlikely
Doctor:it is not contagious or spread to others easily
User:I'm 30 and only when I carry a baby
Doctor:Thank you
Doctor:Have you got your blood sugar tested recently?
User:Not in 2 year I have a kit can I test it myself
Doctor:sure, please go ahead and test yourself
User:What should the numbers read
Doctor:In fasting state, less than 126
Doctor:In random testing less than 200
Doctor:After food, around 180
User:If I'm diabetic will I start to get sores on my feet
Doctor:Yes, you would
Doctor:Apparently, you would get infections like the lumps in your arm pits that does not go away
Doctor:You may also get recurrent urinary tract infections
Doctor:Fungal infections like candida are common too when one gets diabetic
User:What about open sores that take forever to heal
Doctor:Yes, they do occur in diabetes as well
User:So when I go to doc just ask them to check me to see if I'm debetic
Doctor:Yes, please do that
Doctor:Also get a culture of the pus from those lumps in the arm pit
User:Thank you so much
Doctor:Get well soon
Doctor:my pleasure
Doctor:Thanks for visiting me here. Bye for now.
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