Finding a lump in the armpit can happen to all of us at some time, and that, if you don’t know its cause, can cause an unnecessary alarm. For this reason, it is essential to know the different types of lumps and the grounds of the nodes that appear in this part of the body.
In addition, it is also essential to know what to do when faced with this type of problem since many people worry before they are necessary. One fact to remember is that in 80% of cases, this problem is due to something normal and innocuous that should not worry you.
The first thing you should do when you detect a lump under the arm is not to panic and go to the doctor so that he can determine the cause of that lump in the armpit. Next, we will see the different types of nodes in the armpit, although it must be borne in mind that they are not the only ones.
The first cause of a lump in the armpit: furunculosis
It is an inflamed follicle, commonly known as a ‘swallow.’ It is something painful and scary the moment we detect it.
Furunculosis is due to an infection of that sweat-producing gland, almost always caused by an ingrown hair. When there is an infection, sweat cannot come out, and bacteria begin to accumulate.
Although it is something innocuous, it cannot be enjoyable. Sometimes it goes away independently, but some people take it more seriously and need appropriate treatment. The usual thing is that the doctor prescribes antibiotics against the bacteria that have produced the infection. However, if the problem is not resolved, a tiny intervention will be needed to remove the cyst.
To try to prevent a boil from forming, try to regularly wash the area of the armpits doing a little exfoliation so that the pore opens and the hair usually grows. Also, try not to use very aggressive deodorants or with too many chemicals because this sensitive area can also be damaged.
Second cause: swollen glandsIf a ganglion is the cause of the lump, you should not be alarmed either. Many lymphatic vessels are distributed in the armpit; through them, the lymph is mobilized throughout the bloodstream, purifying, filtering, and fighting to fight infections.
When we have the lowest defenses, the nodes can become infected by an infection. This way, the nodes become inflamed, and the lump appears in the armpit. This inflammation can occur especially after skin infections or other infections caused by bacteria.
But what happens when they tell us we have an inflamed ganglion? The first thing our doctor will do is conduct a small analysis of that lymphatic fluid to find out the cause of the inflammation and inquire about the type of bacteria that has caused it.
This is done with a puncture in the lump itself in the armpit. For this procedure, anesthesia is applied to the area, so the hole is hardly painful. Once we have the result, we can know the cause of the infection. In this way, the doctor can indicate the most appropriate treatment.
The third cause of a lump in the armpit: lymphoma
Lymphoma represents the most severe case. However, it is the least common, although it is essential to establish its cause as soon as possible to start treatment as quickly as possible. Lymphoma is a malignant proliferation of lymphocytes, cells that comprise the immune system. It usually develops within lymph nodes or nodes. However, it can sometimes occur in other tissues, such as the liver or spleen. In other words, it is cancer in the lymphatic tissue.Today, there are many scientific advances, and looking at the word cancer with less fear is possible. However, the treatments are indeed pretty strong, and the fight against the disease requires personal effort, encouragement, and a lot of support from family and friends.
Noticing a lump in the armpit is quite common; it can happen to all of us. You should not be alarmed and first of all, go to the doctor so that, whatever the origin of the problem, he can advise you on treatment and prevention measures.