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Dr. Norm S.
Dr. Norm S., Board Certified OB/GYN
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Experience:  Over 30 years of experience in OB/GYN practice, including teaching students. Fellow of American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
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I suffer with recurring ingrown hairs in the armpit area - I

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I suffer with recurring ingrown hairs in the armpit area - I am a female 25 years old and this usually tends to be hormonal or due to excorssive exercise/sweating. However today when I was treating an ingrown hair, I noticed a pinch in my skin sort of like a dimple which is further up my armpit near my arm. There does seems to be some swelling in the area like a small lump under the skin, which I believe could be from previous infected ingrown hairs that I have left untreated? I am worried with signs of breastcancer being lumps and dimples, if this is coincidental to me having an infected ingrown hair at the moment or something I should be worried about?
Thank you

A lump where you're describing is most likely the result of an ingrown hair or else a sebaceous cyst, which is the result of a blocked oil gland (which also arises at the base of a hair follicle).

In either case, it's common, benign, and nothing to worry about.

Breast cancer is mostly a condition that women get when they're older. Although it's possible to get breast cancer at age 25, it's pretty rare.

As long as your lump is in the skin and not under the skin, it's not a lymph node, and has nothing to do with breast cancer. If it's in the skin, it will move as you move the skin. Best wishes.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thank you,It is the dimpled skin which is the most concering, is this normal?And also, as I do have an infected ingrown hair present at the moment would this cause the glands to swell?Thank you

Hi Jayne,

Dimpled skin over the breast can be concerning. Dimpled skin in the armpit is not unusual.

An infected ingrown hair could cause the glands to swell, but those glands are under the skin and not in the skin.

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