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Hard lump in the armpit after hair removal. Is it normal?

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A skin abscess / hard lump under armpit. It appeared recently after doing a trimming to remove hair around the area
Posted Tue, 22 May 2012 in Skin Hair and Nails
Answered by Dr. Jasvinder Singh 1 hour later
Thanks for posting your query.

What you are having is a boil which is very common after trimming hair. Boils are caused by infection of the hair follicle by staph aureus. A boil generally starts as a reddened, tender area. Over time, the area becomes firm and hard. Eventually, the center of the abscess softens and becomes filled with pus.

For such a boil, apply warm compresses on the boil and keep the area clean with topical antiseptics. Drainage of the boil is done only when it becomes soft and forms a head.

Till then you can apply a topical antibiotic cream like Neosporin or Bactroban after consulting your doctor. You can also take some over the counter pain reliever like Ibuprofen and oral antibiotics after a doctor’s prescription.

Hope this answers your query. If you have additional questions or follow up queries then please do not hesitate in writing to us. I will be happy to answer your queries.

Wishing you good health.

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