Many women are afflicted by lumps or bumps under the armpit or a little forward of it. Such lumps normally are not painful even when squeezed a little, maybe soft or a bit hard, roundish or oval, movable or stays in place. Some grows in time; others don’t. Some can be ignored but in others you must see your doctor, and even a specialist if necessary.
There are many reasons a lump formed under your armpit. It can be, for instance, just a subcutaneous abscess or inflammation under the skin caused by an infection. People get some form of abscesses almost anywhere in the body lie in the teeth or gums, throat and wherever infectious bacteria can grow. In the case of armpit bumps, the abscess may be the result of infected armpit hair follicles of which hair you shaved and irritated the follicle. It can be cured by antibiotics or surgery, if extensive, as the doctor may advise.
Or the abscess may be caused by too much antiperspirant or deodorant that are spread on too thick, blocking the pores from excreting substances that should be pushed out, along with the skin bacteria. This may cause the bacteria to multiply, resulting in a small abscess. Dirty razor or shaving the armpit too close may likewise infect the hair follicles and cause the armpit bump.
Sometimes, though, the armpit bump may be due to the lymph nodes doing their job. Lymph nodes are tissues that act as blood filters, removing impurities much like the liver does to what we eat and drink. The axillary lymph nodes in the armpits would sometimes swell when there are cuts or abrasions on the skin to prevent the effects of infection from spreading. Lymph nodes feel like large half-peanut that moves a little when pushed.
But the armpit bump can also a form of lipoma, a kind of fatty adipose tumor that is usually benign, and need not bother you unless it causes you pain or some discomfort. A medical professional can determine for you whether it really lipoma, which feels soft, or another kind of growth, which is commonly firmer.
Rarely, however, the armpit bump may be caused by extra breast tissue. Funny as it may seem, breast fat tissue can develop under the armpits, too, and they can be all sizes. Cases have been documented of such bumps actually hanging from the armpit, and there are cases as well of one armpit simply growing bigger than the other. The result is a lopsided look for the woman which prevents her from wearing sleeveless clothes.
Whatever the cause it is advisable for you to seek medical attention when you feel any kind of armpit bumps. Only a doctor or specialist can really give a definitive opinion probably after a series of tests, whether the lump is benign, cancerous, should be surgically excised, treatable with antibiotics and other common drugs, or eliminated through skin or muscle toning exercises. Most ailments can be cured if treated early enough, even cancer.
So consult with a physician about your armpit bump if only for your peace of mind.