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Pea sized lump under arm

(16 Posts)
Catmint Tue 23-Oct-12 21:36:51

I noticed it 2 days ago, it is tender to the touch. Not raised or red.

Assuming it is not serious, what could it be?

fedupandtired Tue 23-Oct-12 22:04:20

Is it under your armpit? You have breast tissue there so it needs checking out.

JasperStreet Tue 23-Oct-12 22:08:02

Important to check it out but don't panic - could be a minor skin infection.

lucyellenmum Tue 23-Oct-12 22:12:08

it needs checking but i bet its not serious. It could be a blocked sebacious gland. I have the mother of all blackheads under my arm, they have been there for years and sometimes i give them a squeeze and its very satisfying when they come out (two next to each other). One time i when i took my dd swimming i was getting changed and noticed a marble sized lump, i barely touched it and it exploded, i was gutted because i would have liked to have given it a gold hard squeeze but i was getting dd changed confused so just had to clean it up and go for my swim.

Catmint Tue 23-Oct-12 22:13:04

Yes,in armpit.

Fairly sure it not serious just wonder what it is.

But I have promised DP I will get it checked out.

ATourchOfInsanity Tue 23-Oct-12 22:15:30

Are you pg? I had one under each armpit when my milk ducts swelled. I went to GP after having DD as they got very sore and I had a small amount of milk coming out if I pushed them - turns out breast tissue that hasn't dropped can store milk - even under your armpit! I ended up with antibiotics as it meant I got mastitis, but hopefully this does'nt apply to you...

Catmint Tue 23-Oct-12 22:18:10

No, not pg.

lucyellenmum - wow, I am not quite sure what to say!

tabbycat15 Wed 24-Oct-12 03:02:50

It could be an ingrown hair or a lymph node. Best to get it checked out.

runawaysimba Wed 24-Oct-12 03:10:32

I had this, GP checked and said it was an infected hair follicle. Went away by itself after a week or so.

Pandsbear Wed 24-Oct-12 12:34:18

Head off to the drs just to check it out. I had a lump in my armpit about 10yrs ago - was referred to the hospital, the consultant took it out to check it wasn't anything grim and it was 'just' a swollen lymph node.

survivingautumn Wed 24-Oct-12 19:57:34

Get these quite a lot - often during period. Was checked by GP who said it was fine as they are similarly painful. Can be removed apparently but they go away after a few days so haven't ever needed to bother.

Catmint Wed 24-Oct-12 21:45:40

thanks everyone.

tanfastic Thu 25-Oct-12 20:02:00

I get these too now and again in my armpit and sometimes embarrassingly down below when I have my period. I've no idea why. I also had sore swollen glands under my arms when I just had ds but put this down to hormones and milk coming in etc. They always go away in a few days. If it's tender to the touch I would say it's nothing to worry about and will have gone within a week. If not then get it checked out smile

horsebiscuit Thu 25-Oct-12 20:10:10

I went to the doc with one of these just yesterday. Actually, a bit bigger. <helpful!>
She thought it was a sensible thing to come along with especially as there is a family history of breast cancer. She had a good feeling around my tits and armpits and thought it was probably a swollen lymph node. It is mobile which is apparently a good thing. She gave me antibiotics and told me to come back if it gets very painful or doesn't go away after two weeks. I'm bf an 8 month old as well but she didn't diagnose it as a blocked milk duct, perhaps because I've spent ages trying to massage it out after hot baths to no effect. Or perhaps because she was a locum who doesn't know much about bf. Who knows.
Anyway, this reminds me, I really must trot off and take another pill. I really really don't want either mastitis or an abcess.

Catmint Thu 25-Oct-12 21:57:26

Hope it sorts itself out soon, Horse!

Mine seems to be going away, yay!

Salamanger Thu 25-Oct-12 22:15:26

I get this too, seems to happen when I shave my armpits or wear a top that digs in. Usually just lasts a day or so.

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