October 17th, 2017
Lumps in the armpit region are usually caused by formation of glandular enlargement or swelling of lymph nodes in the axillary region. There are several other factors that may lead to the formation of armpit lumps and may warrant treatment.
Most lumps are caused by abnormal growth of tissues or glandular matrix. Fortunately, most lumps are harmless.
Following are most common causes of armpit lumps:
The most common symptom of armpit lump is the presence of a palpable or visible mass that may range in size from barely noticeable to about the size of lemon or bigger. The texture or edges of the mass can tell a lot about the cause of lump; for example, cancerous masses are usually hard with irregular edges; whereas fatty lipomas or cystic masses are usually smooth and soft to palpation.
Other symptoms are:
Women are highly recommended to perform periodic breast examination to detect breast masses and lumps.
If you are experiencing these symptoms, it is highly recommended to see a healthcare professional for early detection and prompt management of serious issues such as breast malignancy, leukemia and lymphoma.
Your doctor will conduct thorough examination and may also advise relevant tests such as radiography, ultrasound, MRI and even biopsy depending upon the findings of initial examination.
The treatment of armpit lumps depends on the inciting cause. If the lump is caused by an ongoing infection, appropriate antibiotic therapy can help in resolving the lump. If lump is caused by a deep-seated infection or accumulation of pus and discharge in a cavity, drainage of cyst can help in alleviating the pain and reduction of swelling.
Other treatment options include:
For organic and malignant masses, surgical excision of lump is mandatory along with supplementary treatments like chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy.
It is noteworthy that periodic and timely assessment of cystic masses can help in early diagnosis of serious conditions like breast cancer.
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