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Suggest treatment for large lump in right armpit, fatigue and cold

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Posted on Thu, 17 Dec 2015
Question: I have a large (approximately 2.5 inch) lump In my right armpit. I was thinking that it was either a boil or something to do with that lymph node, but I am in extreme pain from this! I can barely lift my arm, the pain good to the muscle in front of my shoulder and into my back now. I don't have a fever, but I'm starting to experience fatigue and the feeling that I'm about to have a cold. Please help!
I'm 28, female, generally healthy. I have alopecia, but that's it as far as medical history.
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Answered by Dr. Muhammad Ali Rauf (17 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
need some details to guide you better

Detailed Answer:
Hello

Thank You for contacting HCM. My name is Dr Muhammad Ali Rauf & i will look into your problem.

I have gone through your query and would try to help you in the best possible way. There could be a number of causes for your complaint. i Would be in a better position to guide you anything if you answer following questions please:

1. is swelling hard or soft?
2. is overlying skin normal or there is change in color?
3. Has the size recently increased or decreased ?
4. can you please share a clear close image of the swelling?
5. do you have diabetes, hypertension or any other illness
6. are you on any medication?
7. any history of trauma?
8. since how long is it present?

I will be looking forward for the answers to conclude the discussion in the best interest of yours.
Thank You
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Muhammad Ali Rauf (6 minutes later)
It is very hard. It feels like there is a rock under the bump you see in the picture. It started as a small pea size lump 5 days ago, and just seems to be getting bigger and more painful everyday. No diabetes or any major medical conditions. Just alopecia. I'm not on any medication, and i have no trauma to my armpit.
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Answered by Dr. Muhammad Ali Rauf (14 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Most probably local abscess formation

Detailed Answer:
Hello

Thank you for getting back with the answers. Actually i was waiting for the image that's why did not reply earlier. So far i did not get any image. The symptoms you mentioned are suggestive of abscess formation. However it needs workup to confirm the status and management. I would suggest you to once visit hospital and get examined by a general surgeon. Meanwhile get ultrasound of that swelling done along with CBC. Results of these will help to proceed further with management which will include incision & drainage followed by antibiotic cover. Meanwhile take acetaminophen thrice a day for pain.

Hope I have answered your query. If you have any further questions I will be happy to help if not then don't forget to close the discussion and rate it.
Wishing you good health !!
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Brief Answer: need some details to guide you better Detailed Answer: Hello Thank You for contacting HCM. My name is Dr Muhammad Ali Rauf & i will look into your problem. I have gone through your query and would try to help you in the best possible way. There could be a number of causes for your complaint. i Would be in a better position to guide you anything if you answer following questions please: 1. is swelling hard or soft? 2. is overlying skin normal or there is change in color? 3. Has the size recently increased or decreased ? 4. can you please share a clear close image of the swelling? 5. do you have diabetes, hypertension or any other illness 6. are you on any medication? 7. any history of trauma? 8. since how long is it present? I will be looking forward for the answers to conclude the discussion in the best interest of yours. Thank You