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Suggest treatment for swelling in armpit caused by contact dermatitis

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Posted on Mon, 15 Feb 2016
Question: Hi. I'm an active 55 year-old and in excellent shape and health as far as I know. A month ago, I started applying Secret deodorant twice daily. I was concerned about the toxins (many years ago I got a major rash from sprays). I noticed that an area in my armpit swelled up with some itching (no lone lumps or rash; just tightness and swelling all around with some tenderness). I immediately stopped using the deodorant for 10 days and the symptoms went away. I tried it again and within a day the swelling came right back. I swore off deodorants and baking soda works really well. I've also been detoxing with filtered water, lemon juice, and no processed foods or alcohol. The area is no longer stiff and back to squishy, but is still a bit larger than on the other side. It is no longer sensitive but it tickles a bit.

My question: is this a common thing that happens to people? Also, on that side of my body, I still have scar tissue from a hip replacement due to a martial arts injury in the groin area. Would that make the lymphatic system more sluggish on that side? Thanks ever so much! XXXXXXX
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Answered by Dr. Prof. Kunal Saha (2 hours later)
Brief Answer:
You seem to be sensistive to some chemical contained in the deodorant

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for asking on HealthcareMagic.

I have gone carefully through your query. Let me explain that the problems that you faced are not due to some toxin in the sprays. The problem occured due to an allergic reaction to some chemical contained in the deodorant. The phenomenon is called contact dermatitis or chemical dermatitis. It is hard to predict who would be sensitive to what. But when you have seen that the spray does not suit you, avoiding it is all that you need to do. Avoiding exposure for a few days should bring things back to normal as in your case. This is not concerned with the scar of your hip replacement surgery and is unlikely to affect the lymphatic flow of one side in any way.

As I mentioned that it is hard to predict who would be sensitive to what. Althogh a few people do get such allergies, they are not very common. On the other hand, other people can be allergic to a whole lot of things consisting of 'you name it'. So, you need not worry. Just avoid things that you are sensitive to.

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Brief Answer: You seem to be sensistive to some chemical contained in the deodorant Detailed Answer: Thanks for asking on HealthcareMagic. I have gone carefully through your query. Let me explain that the problems that you faced are not due to some toxin in the sprays. The problem occured due to an allergic reaction to some chemical contained in the deodorant. The phenomenon is called contact dermatitis or chemical dermatitis. It is hard to predict who would be sensitive to what. But when you have seen that the spray does not suit you, avoiding it is all that you need to do. Avoiding exposure for a few days should bring things back to normal as in your case. This is not concerned with the scar of your hip replacement surgery and is unlikely to affect the lymphatic flow of one side in any way. As I mentioned that it is hard to predict who would be sensitive to what. Althogh a few people do get such allergies, they are not very common. On the other hand, other people can be allergic to a whole lot of things consisting of 'you name it'. So, you need not worry. Just avoid things that you are sensitive to. Regards