A painful armpit lump is fairly common. Most people don’t know that a simple vitamin treatment may be the cure they need for a painful underarm lump. If you are suffering from one or more very sore red cyst-like lumps under your arm pit, consider trying this simple at-home remedy before your scheduled trip to the doctor. You may find the typical treatment, a course of antibiotics, isn’t going to be necessary.
A painful armpit lump may be a sign of Lymphadenitis.
If you are in a lot of pain right now and can’t get an immediate appointment with your doctor, there is one very simple treatment you can do that may just make that nasty painful armpit lump go away. Start taking increased doses of vitamin E supplements. Vitamin E is a very powerful antioxidant and a fat soluble vitamin with no known toxicity. It may just make that nasty painful armpit lump go away within 24 to 48 hours, before you even get into that doctor’s appointment that you may have already scheduled.
The Traditional Treatment for a Painful Armpit Lump: Lancing and Biopsy
Years ago when I was suffering from re-occurring painful armpit lumps my aunt suggested that I try taking vitamin E. Up until then I was getting every painful armpit lump that surfaced lanced and biopsied by my doctor. I did as my aunt suggested and I was amazed that the painful armpit lumps went away within one or two days with the vitamin E treatments. There is no clearly proven medical support for the use of vitamin E to get rid of your sore underarm lumps. There is ongoing research, though, about its benefits in many diseases, especially cancer and heart disease.
The lymphatic system’s overall function is to drain fluid from all over the body back into the bloodstream. It is also a major part of the body’s immune system, and plays a huge role in defending the body against cancer and infections like the common cold. It is also closely related to the circulatory system. Some health experts claim vitamin E can help gradually break down blood clots in the circulatory system, and can also prevent more from forming. Perhaps it also alleviates swelling and fluid build-up in the lymph nodes.
A Painful Armpit Lump may be Caused by Shaving or Deodorant
Although a painful armpit lump may have many causes there may be a very simple explanation for your condition. According to Evanston Northwestern Healthcare,
“Cysts and infections on the surface of the skin of the armpit may be caused by shaving or use of antiperspirants (as opposed to deodorants). This occurs most frequently in adolescents just beginning to shave. Abscesses under the skin may also produce large, painful lumps in the armpit.”
When Your Painful Armpit Lump is Lymphadenitis
Lymphadenitis is the medical term for swollen lymph glands and may mean you have an infection. So if your symptoms also include other common cold-like symptoms then this is a likely probability. Streptococcus and Staphylococcus bacteria are the most common causes of lymphadenitis, but viruses, protozoa, rickettsiae, fungi, and the tuberculosis bacillus can also infect the lymph nodes. You will need to see a doctor to run lab tests to determine if this is the cause of your painful underarm lump. The most significant test is a white blood cell count (WBC) and a blood culture to identify the organism. A high number of immature white blood cells means you have a bacterial infection. In some cases, the doctor may order a biopsy of the lymph node. If you have lymphadenitis and choose to visit a medical doctor he or she will most likely prescribe medications and may include antibiotics.
According to Quest Health Library,
“Water melon possesses detoxifying properties and may be useful for those with lymphadenitis. Lemon juice may also be beneficial, although it is a good idea to dilute with water to make it more palatable. In addition, a diet high in vegetable protein is recommended. This can be achieved by eating brown rice, seeds and sprouted grains.”
A painful underarm lump may mean you have something more serious to consider like cancer. As with any disease, it is best to check with a doctor if you have any concerns or questions. The information provided here is not meant to diagnose, it is merely provided as information to help educate you about the possible reasons for your condition.
Has Vitamin E Helped Your Painful Armpit Lump?
One final note, I would love to hear from anyone who reads this and finds success treating their painful underarm lump after taking vitamin E supplements. After doing a lot of searching on the web I have not yet found any substantial research on this treatment. Over the years I have passed on the news to other sufferers, many of whom have told me that it worked for them too. If taking vitamin E for a painful armpit lump works for you, please comment!