You may have felt the appearance of a bump in the armpit, especially during menstruation or when sick. Is this condition dangerous?
Lumps in the armpits can be experienced by men and women. Generally, this is a normal situation and this condition will subside when your health condition improves.
Understanding the Causes of Lumps in the Armpits
There are various causes of bumps in the armpits, including bacterial infections, cysts, irritation, allergies due to the use of deodorant or the wrong shaver, and can also be due to skin tags, which are a type of warts on the surface of the skin that often rub against the surrounding skin. Bump conditions like this are completely harmless and do not need special handling.
However, a lump in the armpit can also be a sign of a serious illness, for example if the lump is not painful and does not go away. We recommend that you check yourself if you experience these symptoms, because there are various causes of bumps in the armpits that are indicative of serious disorders, such as:
- Vaccination side effects.
- Virus infection.
- Fibroadenoma or abnormal growth of fibrous tissue, but not cancerous.
- Breast cancer.
- Lymphoma: cancer of the lymph system.
- Leukemia: blood cancer in the bone marrow.
In general, the examination of other possible causes of bumps in the armpits begins with questions about the changes that occur and whether there is pain felt.
The doctor will also ask if you are breastfeeding or not, then if there are other symptoms that accompany the condition. The doctor will then examine the lump by pressing or massaging it gently.
If it is deemed necessary to carry out further tests, the doctor may recommend:
- Complete blood check to check the level of red and white blood cells in the body system.
- Mammography to look more closely at the shape of the lump.
- Allergy test.
- Biopsy is taking samples from lump tissue to be examined in the laboratory.
How to deal with a lump in the armpit?
Handling a lump in the armpit depends on the factors causing it. Generally this condition does not require special treatment, other than pain medications and warm compresses to relieve discomfort.
The treatment can be applied if the lump is caused by a harmless condition, such as a viral infection, lipoma and fibroadenoma. Lumps caused by a viral infection can usually shrink on their own. While the lumps caused by lipomas will usually remain, but not dangerous.
Meanwhile, lumps caused by bacterial infections can be treated with antibiotics. Lumps caused by allergies can be treated with hypo-allergenic drugs, and by avoiding the use of items at risk of causing allergies, such as deodorant creams or shavers.
However, if after examination it turns out that a lump in the armpit has been identified as cancer, treatment needs to be done with surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy.
So thus, you should be wary of the appearance of a bump in the armpits early on by doing the examination yourself at home. Immediately consult a doctor if you feel there is something strange in your body, to get a proper diagnosis.