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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I recently had a swollen lymph node under my left arm pit. I took antibiotics from my doctor to make it go away, and it's mostly gone (only about 15% is still swollen), but there's this long string of small bumps that extend from my armpit and end just before my elbow. They feel like they're all on a tendon or something, I can follow the line of them with my finger, and the base of it is visible when I lift my arm up. It only hurts slightly, but it concerns me above anything else. Do you have any idea of what these are, or what I should do about it?
User :   I've had the swollen lymph nodes two times before, but never this long line of bumps..
Doctor :   HI
Doctor :   let me read
User :   Sure.
User :   I'm not sure if this has anything to do with it, but I drained the lymph node with a syringe also, would that have caused this?
Doctor :   what was the content that came out when you drained ?
User :   Clear liquid.
Doctor :   and this bumps appeared when? before the swollen lymph gland or after the swelling of lymph gland
User :   I had the swollen node up to three weeks ago, and I believe the the string of bumbs appeared no more than four days ago.
User :   So after.
Doctor :   any kind of color change in the skin around the bumps ?
User :   No, it looks like normal skin on top. The node didn't even have a head, these are all just bumps under my skin. You can only feel them, not see them.
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   nothing to worry
Doctor :   they are all the aggregates of the immune cells
Doctor :   it is all reactionary to the swollen lymph gland
User :   So the string of bumps going up my arm will go away with time, it's nothing to seriously concern myself with?
User :   And will soaking it and putting hot compresses on help in any way?
Doctor :   yes it will go off by itself
Doctor :   soaking and hot compression will not help
User :   Thank you. Is there anything else I should know to help, or things to not do? And is there anything more my primary care physician would be able to do for me if I went, or should I just let them go with time?
Doctor :   it is the normal mopping process of the immune system of the body to clear off the infection. it is the lymph channel which drains the fluid to the swollen lymph node which you are felling now
Doctor :   with the antibiotics and once the lymph gland is cleared the channel also settles down and the bumps feel will disappear
Doctor :   nothing can be done
User :   Thank you very much for your help, I appreciate it!
Doctor :   time should be given for the healing process to occur
Doctor :   thanks for consulting health care magic
User :   Thank you. Enjoy Earth Day tomorrow!
Doctor :   bye for now
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