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What does pain under the left arm indicate?

Hi, I have been having a pain on the underside of my left arm for a couple of weeks like tightening and painful and the it goes away and comes back. I did not do anything to cause this and it isn t where there is a muscel it is very close to my armpit. thank you
Tue, 20 Feb 2018
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Taking into account the fact that you did not do anything to actively elicit the condition, you might like to take these possibilities into account:
1) Do you feel any lumpiness in your armpit? If yes it could be a skin infection (hidradenitis suppurativa) caused due to sweating or a swollen lymph node. In either case you should get it examined by a physician.
2) Do you have associated rashes in your armpits and your back? If there is a band like rash pattern it could be herpes zoster infection for which you will need to be started on Acyclovir(Zovirax) therapy (800mg 5 times a day for 7 days with plenty of water)
3) Use of certain deodorants and soaps can also elicit a an allergic/irritant contact dermatitis causing associated pain. If you have associated redness and soreness, you might cosider this as a possibility and consult a dermatologist
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What does pain under the left arm indicate?

May I know your age and gender? Taking into account the fact that you did not do anything to actively elicit the condition, you might like to take these possibilities into account: 1) Do you feel any lumpiness in your armpit? If yes it could be a skin infection (hidradenitis suppurativa) caused due to sweating or a swollen lymph node. In either case you should get it examined by a physician. 2) Do you have associated rashes in your armpits and your back? If there is a band like rash pattern it could be herpes zoster infection for which you will need to be started on Acyclovir(Zovirax) therapy (800mg 5 times a day for 7 days with plenty of water) 3) Use of certain deodorants and soaps can also elicit a an allergic/irritant contact dermatitis causing associated pain. If you have associated redness and soreness, you might cosider this as a possibility and consult a dermatologist