I also get these from time to time. Typically one lump under one armpit. That said, I assumed it was an ingrown hair or some type of irritation from deodorant. I ignored these lumps as they were few and far between. I also researched the lumps and found that when painful, they typically are not serious. I noticed online that people suggested draining the lump themselves, poking with a needle, popping like a zit, etc. I do not think this is smart whatsoever. You will only cause additional irritation. One thing I have not seen as a suggestion, to ease the pain and draw the lump out of the skin, is epsom salt. I use a warm compress of water and epsom salt when I get these lumps. I do this a few times a day and leave the warm rag under my arm for roughly ten minutes each time. This method works!! The fluid in the lump will draw out and the lump will rupture without poking. If there is a deep lump, then you have to let nature take it's course and let it rise to the surface, somewhat on it's own, but the epsom salt speeds this process along. I thought of this method because growing up my mom used epsom salt to draw out slivers or a stinger. I am shocked that no one has mentioned this online but thought I'd share in hopes it will help someone. With one deep lump I had, I used the epsom salt compress on and off for about 3 days and on the 3rd day applied GENTLE pressure with the soft parts of my fingers and viola, the lump popped and the pain subsided. Btw, it was gross..LOL
As for a new experience with lumps that I am currently having, I have multiple painful lumps under BOTH sides of my armpits. Obviously, this is not an ingrown hair. I have also been; extremely tired, have continuous night sweats, and shortness of breath. I went to my doctor only to find out that I have a severe infection coursing through my body; which caused the lumps (lymph-node infection). They started me on strong antibiotics and I am awaiting results to find out exactly what type of infection I have. Hope it's not too serious!
So, the long and the short of it....a lump with no other symptoms may just be caused by some type of irritation. A lump with other symptoms should be inspected by your doctor right away. My doctor said that when these types of infections pop up (lymph-nodes) they can get out of hand very quickly.
Just thought I'd share. Epsom salt can be found at any drug store or grocery store and is cheap!
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