Armpit Lump?… Potential Causes.

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Armpit Lump?… Potential Causes.

An armpit lump is a swelling or bumps under the arm. A lump in the armpit can have many causes.

If you’ve found a lump under your armpit, it is important to contact your doctor. While it could potentially indicate cancer is present, it is far more likely to be a benign condition like an infection, allergy, or cyst.

An underarm lump that occurs with breast pain, a breast lump, or other changes in the breast may be a symptom of breast cancer or a breast infection. Seek prompt medical care if you think you have symptoms of breast cancer.

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Potential infectious causes of an underarm lump include:

  • An abscess (infected pocket of tissue)
  • Bacterial infection, such as a streptococcal or staphylococcal infection
  • Cat scratch fever (bacterial infection from being scratched or bitten by a cat that carries the bacteria)
  • Chickenpox (varicella-zoster virus infection)
  • Folliculitis (infected or inflamed hair follicle)
  • Fungal infection
  • Lymphadenitis (bacterial infection of the lymph nodes)
  • Mastitis (breast tissue infection)
  • Mononucleosis (viral infection)
  • Shingles (varicella-zoster virus infection)
  • Vaccination for various viral diseases, including measles, mumps and rubella.

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Feeling worried about the lump?

Ask yourself the following questions:

  1. Has the lump been there for more than 2 weeks?
  2. Is the lump getting bigger?
  3. Have I lost weight without trying to?
  4. Do I have any other symptoms I can’t explain?
  5. Has the lump returned after being removed?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, it’s best to see a doctor as soon as possible.

Felicity Gitonga
Felicity Gitonga is the founder of Africa Business News. abn, freelance writer, journalist, and author with a passion for telling stories.

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