Read below about armpit redness, including causes and common questions. Or get a personalized analysis of your armpit redness from our A.I. health assistant. At Buoy, we build tools that help you know what’s wrong right now and how to get the right care.

This symptom can also be referred to as:
Axilla redness

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A.I. Health Assistant Causes for Armpit Redness

The list below shows results from the use of our A.I. Health Assistant by Buoy users who experienced armpit redness. This list does not constitute medical advice.

  1. 1.Allergic Contact Dermatitis of the Armpit

    Allergic contact dermatitis is a condition in which the skin becomes irritated and inflamed following physical contact with an allergen. Common products known to cause allergic dermatitis include plants, metals, soap, fragrance, and cosmetics.

    1-2 days

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    armpit redness, armpit itch, scabbed armpit bump
    Symptoms that always occur with allergic contact dermatitis of the armpit:
    armpit redness
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  2. 2.Non - Specific Armpit Rash

    A rash is an area of irritated or swollen skin. Often, rashes are unidentifiable and some variation of normal. For example, scratching one's arm causes it to turn red (which is caused by mast cells releasing chemicals into the local area), but that's completely normal.

    1-2 days

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    armpit redness
    Symptoms that always occur with non-specific armpit rash:
    armpit redness
    Urgency:
    Wait and watch
  3. 3.Cellulitis

    Facial cellulitis is a skin infection that typically comes from other parts of the face like the mouth or the sinuses and needs antibiotic treatment. Symptoms can be pain, redness, warmth and swelling of the affected area.

    Dependent on severity of infection

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    fever, chills, facial redness, swollen face, face pain
    Symptoms that always occur with cellulitis:
    facial redness, area of skin redness
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

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  4. 4.Scabies

    Scabies is a highly contagious skin infection caused by mites that produce an itchy rash on the body.

    Rash and intense itching should subside within 2-4 days with treatment.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    vaginal itch or burning, vulvovaginal redness, feeling itchy or tingling all over, butt itch, elbow itch
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  5. 5.Lymphangitis

    The lymphatic system is a series of vessels, similar to the veins and arteries of the circulatory system, that carry fluid important for the function of the immune system. Lymphangitis is infection or inflammation of these lymphatic vessels.

    With treatment, the swelling may take weeks or months to resolve completely.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, fever, chills, painful lump in one side of the groin, groin redness
    Symptoms that always occur with lymphangitis:
    painful lump in one side of the groin
    Urgency:
    In-person visit
  6. 6.Folliculitis

    Folliculitis is a common skin problem where hair follicles are infected by bacteria or fungi.

    Mild cases clear in a few days. More severe ones can cause hair loss and scarring.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    small facial lump, pink or red facial bump, face itch, facial bump leaking yellow/milky fluid, yellow or white facial bump
    Symptoms that always occur with folliculitis:
    small facial lump
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Armpit Redness

  • Q.Do you have a rash?
  • Q.Did your symptoms start after you were exposed to nickel (commonly found in jean snaps, metal pens, paper clips, cigarettes, etc.)?
  • Q.Did you possibly brush into poison ivy, poison oak, or poison sumac?
  • Q.Did your symptoms start after you were exposed to glues, fragrances, preservatives, hair dyes, soaps, detergents, or other common household chemicals?

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Armpit Redness Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced armpit redness have also experienced:

    • 21% Armpit Pain
    • 17% Armpit Itch
    • 7% Armpit Lump
  • People who have experienced armpit redness had symptoms persist for:

    • 40% Less Than a Week
    • 19% Less Than a Day
    • 18% Over a Month
  • People who have experienced armpit redness were most often matched with:

    • 80% Cellulitis
    • 20% Allergic Contact Dermatitis of the Armpit
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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