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I have had a very bad pain under my arms and a small lump

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Hi I have had a very bad pain under my arms and a small lump really red and very vey painful took antibiotic and it disappeared now I went for an underarm ultra sound and they have told me I have lymph node infection what the difference between the node and gland and they gave me 250mg for times a day antibiotic I still have pain under my arms what shall I do if the infection didn't go and can it lead to cancer? Thank you so much
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr Uzair replied 1 year ago.

Hi and thanks for query,

Lymph nodes in your axilla are bodies that filter lymph and form cells called lymphoctes, where as glands form hormones.

You should take painkiller like tylenol along with antibiotic, iF infection does not settle you might need small surgery called incision and drainage. If it is infection it do not lead to cancer.

Let me know if you have further questions.

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Expert:  DrRussMD replied 1 year ago.


The reason for the infection needs to be investigated.

Lymph nodes do not get infected on their own.

The bug comes from somewhere else.

In women, this can be a sign of breast cancer.

Anywhere that drains to the nodes should be considered.

The sweat glands in the armpit can be infected. If this is the case, it almost always requires surgical removal of some of the glands and tracts of infection.

There are other causes as well.

Discuss this with your doctor.

I am a double board certified clinical doctor.

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