I found a lump

Community Leader
Registered: 07-16-2001
I found a lump
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Wed, 02-06-2013 - 10:05pm

I'm kind of having a freak out moment. I know it's probably nothing. I was showering and noticed a tender spot in my armpit. I usually can tell when I'm sick because my armpit is tender, but I've never actually felt a lump before. It's about the size of a raisin and doesn't move around. I think it's a little higher than when I'm sick and it's a swollen lymph node. Of course I googled it and got a variety of opinions. Has anyone had any experience with this?  

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iVillage Member
Registered: 05-23-2008
Sat, 02-09-2013 - 4:03pm

It's probably folliculitis, which is a fancy name for a deep-seated zit. But don't expect to see a head on it, because when they're that deep, the only "head" is the pore, which is a barely visible pinhole on the red bump.

Community Leader
Registered: 07-16-2001
In reply to: shywon
Sat, 02-09-2013 - 6:13pm
There is no red bump. It's a lump, below the surface and the skin above it is slowly turning red. It started out far below the skin, though.
iVillage Member
Registered: 03-13-2011
In reply to: shywon
Sat, 02-09-2013 - 9:28pm
Just saw your last post about the bump turning red. I think we can rule out any 'oma's :). It could be an infection of a hair follicle like Marty said.
iVillage Member
Registered: 03-13-2011
In reply to: shywon
Sat, 02-09-2013 - 9:32pm

Do you have any cuts/ bruises in your arm /upper body? If there is an infection or a sickness (flu etc) lymph nodes will go into over drive producing lymphocytes and will swell. That's one possibility. Another possibility is lipoma. Lipomas are benign tumors (nothing to be scared of !) of fatty tissues usually found in arms, legs and sometimes the torso. They are very common and never, almost never, turn malignant . Lots of people have them.   And lastly the worst would be lymphoma (Hodgkin's) but that would require a biopsy to confirm. Like everyone here said, a trip to the doc is best.

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