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What do lesions in the armpit indicate?

I have lesions under my armpit. They come if anything stress me out or something. I ve have many surgeries. A doc told me it is an autoimmune disease. I ask them to check me for diabetes which is negative. I am not overweight. I don t smoke. I wonder if it has something to do with leaky gut syndrome. I take turmeric and make a paste and put under my arm. It helps. I take vitamin d a day, magnisum zinc and calcium 3 in one pill. I do good for about a week or two. Then they form again. Very depressing. Interfere with my job. Family life and all. What else can I do?? I have had injection from dermatology before which did help. But what else can I do? I read about putting apple cider vinegar on it. Baking soda. Which hazel and all. What do u suggest? I noticed that dairy products and tomatoes and potato make me have flair up also. I don t eat many sweets. One docyor said try humita. I thought it was a pill. I hate getting stuck with needles. But if it may help. I may need to try it. Help me. I am tired of pain. And getting th cut opened. Tremendously painful. I tried exercising which is fine. For bottom. Because I m active. I love yoga zumba belly dancing. But if I raise arms above head or stretch I don t know if I open those tracks back up or what because they form again. Should I try laser hair removal surgery or sweat gland removal. One said if I get glands remove. May come back somewhere else. What do u think. I have tried alottt of things
Tue, 17 Jul 2018
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Hello. You may be having repeated folliculitis in arm pit. Folliculitis is a very common, benign skin disorder that appears as pinpoint red bumps, each one involving a hair follicle, occasionally with a small dot of pus at the top.

You can consider the option of going for laser therapy.

Folliculitis can be caused by a large number of infectious organisms. However, frequently folliculitis is sterile and seems to be induced by irritating chemical substances, drugs and physical irritants like shaving. Differentiating these causes is very important if the physician is going to be able to treat the condition successfully.

Razor-burn folliculitis is very common. Repeated passes by the razor produces tiny cuts that allow bacteria to enter the skin and invade the deeper hair follicles. Additionally, excessively close shaving may cause trapping of small hairs beneath the skin surface, causing more inflammation. Occasionally waxing (which utilizes warm paraffin that once solidified is then ripped away removing incased hairs) can produce folliculitis.

Treatment involves stopping shaving with a razor for a few days to a few weeks and using antibacterial washes and topical antibiotics. Additional treatments include laser hair removal, electrolysis, electric razors, or cream depilatories like Neet or Nair. Frequently, shaving less vigorously and leaving a small bit of stubble is advisable.

There are many treatment options and skin-care recipes for treating folliculitis. The specific treatment depends on the cause of the folliculitis.

Home therapy for mild cases of bacterial folliculitis includes use of an over-the-counter antibacterial wash like benzoyl peroxide (Clearisil, Proactiv), chlorhexidine (Hibiclens), or Phisoderm twice a day. The best results may be achieved with combination therapy using topical products and antibacterial washes.

Holistic treatment for folliculitis may include soaking the affected area in a tub of diluted white vinegar (1 part vinegar to 4 parts of water) or soaking in a bathtub with very diluted Clorox bleach (¼ cup of Clorox bleach in a bathtub full of water).

Prevention efforts include good skin hygiene, avoiding unsanitary hot tubs and pools, not sharing razors, avoiding shaving too closely, changing out razors blades regularly, and keeping the skin moist and well hydrated.

regards- Dr Sanjay Kini
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