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Sensitive and itchy lump in the armpit - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I had a very bad cold about six weeks ago. At that time, my left armpit was very itchy, but it went away. A few days later, I developed a very small sensitive lump where it was itching. That went away...but came back a couple of days ago, and now the lump is bigger and there is a swollen area above it (still in the left armpit, but higher up) that isn't as hard as the smaller lump, but is larger in mass. I have also been seeing a light in the corner of my left eye for the past couple of days (it developed the same time as the armpit), and now there appears to be a piece of floating film that I can see when I move my eye. All of this happened at the same time as an abcess in my tooth on the left side, too.
Doctor :   helo
User :   hello...I
Doctor :   give me a min please, let me go thru your query
User :   I wanted to add that I have had an abcess in my back left molar for a long was pulled yesterday.
Doctor :   may i know your age and gender please ?
User :   I'mm 63, female
Doctor :   do you have anyother medical condition ?
User :   no other
Doctor :   are you on any medications ?
User :   no
Doctor :   so at this moment you have the lump and some visual disturbance
Doctor :   do you have any fever ?
User :   yes, lump and visual fever
Doctor :   and has your cold subsided ?
User :   yes several weeks ago...I just had my tooth pulled yesterday
Doctor :   for the cold were you on any medications ?
User :   yes, I took antibiotics
Doctor :   is the lump painful ?
User :   yes, a little to touch
Doctor :   the armpit has the maximum channels of lymph nodes and any lump or swelling would be directly cause of an underlying infection
Doctor :   esp if painful
Doctor :   its advisable that you have to get it examined by a physician
User :   so do you think infection rather than malignancy?
Doctor :   have you lost weight recently ?
User :   no...I wish
Doctor :   a malignancy will NOT BE SO RAPID in grown and it will painless
Doctor :   dont worry
User :   OK...I will see dr. thank you
Doctor :   your most welcome and as far as your eye is concerned they are called as floaters pretty harmless and will go away by it self
User :   even with light flash?
Doctor :   is the flash constant ?
User :   I see it when I look to the left quickly
User :   I see the film when I look to the right
Doctor :   ok well a cause for that can be retinal detachment, and for that a fundoscopic examination is must
User :   Ok, thank you, Dr
Doctor :   your most welcome
Doctor :   take care
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