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I woke up with swelling and redness under my arm

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Dr. Prasad

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Posted on Tue, 12 Feb 2019 in Skin Hair and Nails
Question: I woke up with swelling and redness under my arm in my arm pit area...it is sore to the touch...what could it be?
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Answered by Dr. Prasad 2 hours later
Brief Answer:
Localised infection...

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

The description sounds like a localised skin infection. A blocked gland and infected hair follicle are couple of close possibility. Rarely the lump could be related to an enlarged lymph node.

I suggest to start topical antibiotic agents like clindamycin or neosporin as you plan a visit to the doctor. You may also start over the counter antiinflammatory drugs like ibuprofen 200mg twice daily.

Hope this helps. Let me know if you need clarifications.

Regards
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Follow up: Dr. Prasad 2 hours later
I also feel some lumps under each arm…does that change your opinion?
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Answered by Dr. Prasad 19 hours later
Brief Answer:
blocked glands / lymphnode...

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

It is not uncommon to have lumps following a blocked gland. Infected hair follicle also present as lumps secondary to collection underneath. Similarly a swollen lymph node is also lumpy there. So, no my opinion doesn't change with this information.

I will still suggest you use topical antibiotics and then consider visiting a doctor.

Hope this helps. Let me know if you need clarifications.

Regards
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Follow up: Dr. Prasad 17 minutes later
so you are recommending something like neosporum?

Also, I could understand one side but why both at the same time?
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Answered by Dr. Prasad 1 hour later
Brief Answer:
Neosporin will be useful...

Detailed Answer:
Can you send a picture of the both the affected areas? There is an option to upload reports and picture on this page.

Based on the description, I feel this is an infection, blocked gland or enlarged lymph node. And neosporin will be helpful.

Regards
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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