Lumps That Were Initially Soft Then Turned Hard?
Morning doctor, I have a 13 year old girl who a month ago found a lump under the armpit that was not painful, round, soft and flat (smooth), I checked the doctor said it was fat and harmless. Then 3 days later when touched the lump was slightly enlarged and become hard. Including whether the lump was and whether it is dangerous? Thank you doctor
Hello Enik Endriana,
Lumps in the armpits can arise from various tissues around the armpit, starting from the skin tissue, under the skin tissue such as fat, or lymph nodes. Some causes of bumps on the armpits include:
Lipoma Tumors formed from fat tissue. Generally not dangerous, but if the size is very large it can interfere cosmetics or cause discomfort.
Mammae abberans, additional breast tissue found in the armpits
Enlarged lymph nodes. Can be found if there is an infection by a specific virus or bacteria such as tuberculosis.
Boils / abscesses, infections of the surrounding skin tissue that cause reddish changes in the skin, pain to the touch, can be accompanied by pus and fever.
A direct physical examination and a history of the disease are needed to diagnose the lump. Investigations such as biopsy are carried out if there is a suspicion of a specific infection or in the direction of cancer / malignancy. Surgical therapy is usually needed if the lump is too large and interferes with movement or if the patient approves it. Giving medicines is also done if it is proven that an infection is causing the lump. However, as long as it can be ascertained that the lump is benign and the patient does not want to be operated on, the therapy that can be done is observation, which is monitoring the development of the lump. If there is a change in the shape and size of the lump quickly you should consult a doctor directly.
Thus the explanation from me, may be useful.