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WISHIEFAY
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3/11/07 3:29 A

 
 
I usually get one on my right side that is about the size of a dime, maybe a nickel. It is between my armpit and where the top of my bra hits me. It is usually most noticeable around that time of the month...and then it goes away. Sometimes I don't see it for months.

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3/11/07 1:57 A

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Never heard of the whole breast cancer/deodorant thing, but I hardly use deodorant at all anyway.


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3/10/07 5:49 P

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Hi ,
I stopped using deodorant , because of the connection with breast cancer . I will ONLY use the natural types ( also I am lucky and can get away with not using any if its not real hot out or I am not doing anything strenuous)
If you won't give up your deodorant , at least do NOT apply it just after you've shaved .


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3/10/07 3:31 P

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Thanks Artemis. I was a little freaked out at first, but I'm sure it'll be fine once they're able to determine which one it is and fix it. Until then it's just a waiting game.

As long as it's fixable, I'm happy!


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3/9/07 6:15 P

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This is more toward the frong of my armpit, not back where the hair is growing, so I'm pretty sure it's not from a follicle. It's pretty freaky, every time I put my arm down by my side (with my shirt off) it bubbles out in front, lol. Oh well. I was just curious. I've had it looked at once, but because it had shrunken by the time the doc saw it, they really couldn't do anything, so I have to wait until it swells up again.

They aren't sure whether it's really a cyst or a clogged lymphnode. But once it swells and they can see what it really is on the u/s, then they'll do a biopsy or drain it depending on what it is. Not fun. But anyways ladies, thanks so much for the info, I really appreciate it.


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3/9/07 12:33 A

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I've had them also... In my armpit and one below the belt :-) My doctor prescribed Keflex or Cefalex I don't remember how its spelled but after taking that it was gone within a few days. It also helps if you really scrub your skin after your shower with a towel. It helps to loosen and plugged foliciles


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3/8/07 8:55 P

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I had one. It was a small lump on my shoulder for several years, but then it became inflammed and painful and grew in size. It was also leaking puss and smelled. I wish I had had it removed when it was still small.

By the time it grew it was HUGE and had to be drained and removed by a general surgeon.
He gave me 8 shots of novocaine and basically lanced it (cut through it and drained it.) It was general surgery.

The wound was very large and I have a scar that looks like a hole. I needed painkillers for about a day and missed 2 days of work. The wound needed to be changed daily and it was kinda gross, but not as bad as childbirth.

So I suggest you have it removed while it's small and managable if at all possible!! Eventually it may get big like mine did.

Good luck!!! Mommymail me if you have any questions.

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3/8/07 8:43 P

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No no - you're calling it the right thing. We're not talking about ingrown hairs - those are like regular size pimples most times.
The S cysts are much bigger. The size and feel of the cyst will vary depending on whether it's "trauma" to a follicle or if there's an actual infection.
I've had ingrown hairs in my armpits and bikini line area, but I've also had the cysts. I did get a couple big nasty ones south-of-the-belt-line and they HURT like crazy! Fortunately the infection was shallow and the hot moist compresses every night eventually persuaded them to drain...

Oh they're gross...

But anyhow - just wanted to clarify a little.



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3/8/07 4:46 P

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I dunno bout that one, but sometimes when I gotten bumps before, not downstairs though, but in the underarms, it was due to either me using a wrong kind of deorderant or someone else with bad B.O was using my stuff............................

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3/8/07 4:09 P

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Ok, maybe I'm calling it the wrong kind of cyst. I know what you guys are talking about with the hair follicles, I get those all the time "downstairs", they're like pimples/ingrown hairs.

What I have is totally different, it's like a squishy ball under the skin, and it's down deep.

I guess I should clarify on the bulging, the cyst itself is under the skin, but it's the skin that bulges really big.

Edited by: LILPEPPER at: 3/8/2007 (16:11)


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3/8/07 11:47 A

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I get them a lot (my doctor told me it was genetic in my case). Except I get them in a most unpleasant area.. let's just say the husband doesn't get any for a while. Anway, they get so bad that sometimes I do have to have them drained. They are caused by an infected hair follicle. If you keep a wet, warm compress on the area twice a day, it should drain on its own. But if the infection is deep, you may have to get in drained at a doctor's office which just takes minutes to do and a little painful for just the procedure.


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3/8/07 9:13 A

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Basically all they are is a swollen sweat gland or swollen hair folicle that has become obstructed and sometimes infected.
I've had a couple, but they've always eventually burst. (ewwwwww!)

I would recommend getting it checked out just to be sure that's all it is. They shouldn't really be painful... When mine burst it was like a bit pimple... (sorry) I've never had one drained, but I would guess it would all be similar - a small incision to let out the clogged goop and away you go!



Some more info:

http://womenshealth.about.com/cs
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Edited by: ARTEMIS-75 at: 3/8/2007 (09:17)


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3/7/07 11:42 P

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I have it!!!! I was thinking mine was just b/c i slept wrong but i have always gotten these and they are very painful, like abruise right?!
Mine is a lil swollen right now but the pain has gone for the most part...i wonder what it is, post if you get any answers..ill be seeing my doctor about this now.

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3/7/07 11:02 P

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I'm just curious if anyone else has ever had a cyst in their armpit, or anywhere else I guess.

I've had one in my left armpit for almost 4 months now. It swells up real big and bulges out from my body about 1/2", almost silver dollar size, gets really sore for a few days, then shrinks and goes away. Days later it returns again, only to shrink again. When it's all swollen it just feels like a big squishy bubble.

Anyways, I went today to have it checked. Of course they did a breast exam just to make sure I didn't have any other lumps. So they think it's just a cyst, but since it had shrunk again by appt time, they couldn't really do much. They said next time it grows again to come in and they would do an ultrasound just to make sure it's not really a clogged lymphnode and maybe do a biopsy or drain it.

Has anyone had that done? Is it painful?


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