What Causes Painful Armpit Lump?

What Causes Painful Armpit Lump?
Published on, 04 June, 2024. Answered by Dr. Abdel-naser and Verified by Dr.Galen Team
Patient Question

Hello Doctor,


I hope this message finds you well. For the past year, I've been troubled by a painful lump under my armpit that feels hard. It initially appeared a year ago, disappeared for about 9 months, but resurfaced again 2 weeks ago. Despite trying Cephalexin to rule out infection, the lump persists. I was previously told it was a cyst, but it keeps returning and seems to be growing larger. Can you please offer your expertise on this matter?

Answered by Dr. Abdel-naser


Thank you for reaching out to Dr. Galen. Please find the below response to your query.


Firstly, it's crucial to provide more information about your condition to better understand and assess the situation. Is the lump consistently painful, or does the pain come and go? Have you noticed any other swellings or abnormalities on the other side? Additionally, are there any associated symptoms such as fever, skin inflammation, or changes in the appearance of the lump?


A thorough examination is crucial in cases like yours to distinguish between different possible diagnoses. While you mentioned that you were previously told it was a cyst, the fact that it keeps returning and appears to be growing larger raises concerns that warrant further investigation.


It's essential to rule out the possibility of more serious conditions, such as a solid tumor, which may require different treatment approaches. Your description of the lump's characteristics and any accompanying symptoms will help guide the examination and diagnostic process.


Therefore, I strongly recommend scheduling an appointment for a comprehensive evaluation. Based on the findings from the examination, we can develop a personalized treatment plan tailored to address your specific needs and concerns. Whether it's further diagnostic testing, additional imaging studies, or specialized procedures, our goal is to provide you with the most accurate diagnosis and effective treatment options. Please do not hesitate to reach out for further evaluation.




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