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Question: painful red bump below armpit

 bs712 - Thu Dec 10, 2009 12:01 am

im a 20 year old female and about a month ago i noticed a pea sized red bump about 2 inches below my armpit where i don't shave or anything. i squeezed it to see if it was an ingrown hair and it hurt so bad i had to stop. there is no head or anything and it wont seem to go away. it has been almost over a month. what can this be??
 Dr.M.jagesh kamath - Fri Dec 11, 2009 9:49 pm

User avatar Hello,You could be suffering from hidradenitis suppurativa,an infection of the apocrine glands.The location is typical ie the axilla where the apocrine glands are found and which are responsible for the smell, at the site.Also folliculitis ie infection of hairfollicle also could look similar.Lymph nodes are felt deeper and an enlargement of these could feel like this.Do get examined to rule out these and you may need an antibiotic to tide over.Best wishes.

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