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Dealing with armpit lumps

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Armpit lumps form when a lymph node found under arm is swollen and enlarged especially when suffering from an infection. Lymph nodes are small, oval-shaped glands found throughout the body and play an important function in the immune system. Armpit lumps can be caused by infection, cysts and irritation due to shaving or using antiperspirants but can also indicate serious health conditions.


  • Lipomas or harmless growths of fat tissue
  • Bacterial or viral infections
  • Allergic reactions
  • Fungal infections
  • Adverse reactions to vaccinations
  • Fibroadenoma or noncancerous growth of fibrous tissue
  • Breast cancer reaction
  • Leukemia or cancer of the blood cells
  • Lupus is an autoimmune disease of the joints and organs

Symptoms of armpit lumps

  • Swollen arm
  • Pain
  • Body aches
  • Enlarged lymph nodes
  • Loss of appetite
  • Rashes
  • Flu-like symptoms

If there is redness, tenderness and irregularity of the shape, immediate treatment is required.


Armpit lumps
If the armpit lumps are caused by infection from bacteria, take the prescribed antibiotics to lessen pain and inflammation.
  • If the armpit lumps are caused by infection from bacteria, take the prescribed antibiotics to lessen pain and inflammation.
  • Maintain proper hygiene by making the skin clean as possible.
  • Drink plenty of water to keep the body hydrated.
  • Apply a warm compress on the armpit for proper blood circulation, reduce the size of the lump and relieve pain. Soak a towel in hot water, wring out excess water and place under the affected area for at least 5-10 minutes at 3-4 times every day for a week.
  • Vitamin E is a strong antioxidant that heals armpit lumps in a few days. It also lessens the swelling and prevents accumulation of fluid in the lymph nodes. It retains moisture and repair of skin. Massage the armpit lumps using vitamin E oil for a few minutes at 2-3 times a week.
  • Consume watermelon since it detoxifies the blood and prevents formation of armpit lumps.
  • Mix equal parts of raw, organic apple cider vinegar and water. Soak a cloth in the solution and place it under the armpit for at least 5 minutes. Rinse the area using warm water and pat it dry. Repeat the process until lump totally disappears.
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