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Treatment for lump in the armpit - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hi,Since this morning I have had soreness in my left armpit (I am 35 year old female). I felt around, and there is a small lump there, in the centre of the armpit. I am worried, any help is appreciated
Doctor :   Hi
User :   hi
Doctor :   Do you have pain?
Doctor :   Do you notice any colour changes in that area?
User :   armpit and lump are tender
User :   no colour changes
Doctor :   since when have you noticed the lump?
Doctor :   Do you have itching?
User :   this morning, I am fairly sure it wasn't thjere when I checked myself a week ago
User :   no itching
Doctor :   Is it a single lump or do you notice multiple lumps?
User :   single
Doctor :   Do you have fever?
User :   no fever
Doctor :   Have you had similar symptoms in the past?
User :   i have had soreness, after shaving for example
Doctor :   Do you have any medical illness such as diabetes/hypertension?
User :   no, nothing
User :   i did badly bruise my wrist a week ago on the same arm
Doctor :   Did this start after a particular event like for example after application of deodarants, body perfumes, shave?
User :   i switched deodourant a week ago
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Let me explain it to you.
Doctor :   Your symptoms are suggestive of an inflammatory process.
Doctor :   Probably an inflammed hairfollicle or sweatgland.
Doctor :   You would need an examination from a doctor to rule the possibility of an infective cause, in which case you would be needing specific antibiotics.
Doctor :   In the meantime, I suggest you to use hot water fomentation.
Doctor :   Do not manipulate the lump with bare hands or with any other instruments and definitely no shave till this improves.
Doctor :   It appears to be a benign problem, hence do not get panicked.
Doctor :   Have you followed what I have suggested?
User :   I've been manipulating it all day because I am worried. I will go and wash it now
User :   yes i have, thank you
User :   what leads you to say benign?
Doctor :   Since the history has been very short.
Doctor :   A lump such as a breast mass are usually chronic in nature and usually are asymptomatic.
User :   please explain what you mean by chronic?
Doctor :   Hence according to your history, I believe it to be a benign problem/
Doctor :   A chronic lesion is one which has been for a long time probably months.
Doctor :   Hence do not worry about it.
User :   should I book to seem my drtomorbe sure
User :   dr tomorrow to be sure that should have read?
Doctor :   I would however suggest you to get it examined by a doctor.
Doctor :   Have you followed what I have suggested?
User :   yes i have thank you
Doctor :   Do you have any other query that I can assist you with?
User :   no, i will see my dr tomorrow., thank you
Doctor :   This is Dr XXXXX. Thanks for consulting me. Bye for now. Please refer your friends to our service.
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