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Your Pink or Red Armpit Bump May Also be Known as:
Pink armpit bump
Pink armpit lump
Pink armpit mass
Pink axilla bump
Pink axilla lump
Pink axilla mass
Pink bump on armpit
Pink bump on axilla
Pink bump on pit
Pink bump on underarm

Top 7 Pink or Red Armpit Bump Causes

  1. 1.Pimple

    Acne, also known as pimples, occurs when hair follicles become clogged with oil & dead skin cells. Acne is extremely common and ranges from mild to severe.

    Though some cases of acne prompt patients to visit a dermatologist, most cases can be treated with proper hygiene and over-the-counter medications. Look for products containing benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    painful armpit lump, pink or red armpit bump, marble sized armpit lump, small armpit lump
    Symptoms that always occur with pimple:
    pink or red armpit bump
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  2. 2.Skin Abscess

    A skin abscess is an infection of the deeper skin that's typically due to bacteria seen on the skin. Recently, infections are more frequently caused by Staph. Aureus (puts the "staph" in "staph infections").

    You should visit your primary care physician or an urgent care clinic today or tomorrow. Treatment of an abscess includes incision and drainage. It is likely you will be prescribed antibiotics as well. Surgery may be required to get rid of the whole abscess after inflammation has died down. Do not drain the abscess yourself.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    painful armpit lump, marble sized armpit lump, large armpit lump, pink or red armpit bump, armpit bump leaking yellow or milky fluid
    Symptoms that never occur with skin abscess:
    fever
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  3. 3.Severe Skin Abscess in the Armpit

    A skin abscess is an infection of the deeper skin that's typically due to bacteria seen on the skin. Recently, infections are more frequently caused by Staph. Aureus (puts the "staph" in "staph infections"). If the infection begins to spread, urgent treatment is required.

    You should head to the nearest ER by car since your infection seems like it might be spreading. It is likely that you will be prescribed antibiotics. Surgery may be required to get rid of the whole abscess after the inflammation has died down. Do not drain the abscess yourself.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, fever, painful armpit lump, pink or red armpit bump, marble sized armpit lump
    Symptoms that always occur with severe skin abscess in the armpit:
    pink or red armpit bump
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room

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  4. 4.Boil (Furuncle)

    Boils are infections of a hair follicle that creates a small pocket of inflammation full of pus. It's typically caused by a common bacteria called S. Aureus.

    Boils typically drain by themselves. You can help by putting a warm compress (be careful not to burn yourself!). If things don't get better, go see a doctor who might drain it for you

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    pink or red armpit bump, painful armpit lump, marble sized armpit lump, small armpit lump
    Symptoms that always occur with boil (furuncle):
    pink or red armpit bump
    Symptoms that never occur with boil (furuncle):
    fever
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  5. 5.Folliculitis

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

    You can take take care of this at home by using a topical antibacterial or benzoyl peroxide. Also, reduce exposures to irritants like shaving, contaminated water, and other chemicals.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    small armpit lump, pink or red armpit bump, armpit itch, armpit bump leaking yellow or milky fluid
    Symptoms that always occur with folliculitis:
    small armpit lump
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  6. 6.Hodgkin's Lymphoma

    Hodgkin lymphoma is a cancer of the lymphatic system, which is part of the immune system. Cells in the lymphatic system grow abnormally and may spread beyond the lymphatic system.

    You should visit your primary care physician to confirm the diagnosis. Afterwards, a referral to a specialist will explain treatment options.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, loss of appetite, shortness of breath, abdominal pain (stomach ache), fever
    Symptoms that never occur with hodgkin's lymphoma:
    pulsing armpit mass, pulsing groin mass, pulsing chest mass, groin lump that comes and goes, shrinking groin lump, chest lump that comes and goes, shrinking chest bump, armpit lump that comes and goes, shrinking armpit lump, neck lump that comes and goes, shrinking neck bump, pink or red neck bump, black or brown neck bump, pink or red chest bump, black or brown mass on chest, bleeding bump, bump leaking clear fluid, neck bump leaking yellow/milky fluid, scabbed bump, scaly neck bump, bleeding chest bump, chest bump leaking clear fluid, chest bump leaking yellow/milky fluid, scabbed chest bump, scaly chest bump, yellow or white neck bump, yellow or white chest bump, pink or red groin bump, black or brown groin bump, scabbed groin bump, scaly groin bump, bleeding groin bump, groin bump producing clear fluid, groin bump producing yellow or milky fluid, yellow or white groin bump, pink or red armpit bump, black or brown armpit bump, yellow or white armpit bump, bleeding armpit bump, armpit bump leaking clear fluid, armpit bump leaking yellow or milky fluid, scabbed armpit bump, scaly armpit bump, blue bump on the chest
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  7. 7.Hodgkin's Lymphoma

    Hodgkin lymphoma is a cancer of the lymphatic system, which is part of the immune system. Cells in the lymph nodes grow abnormally and may spread beyond the lymphatic system.

    You should visit your primary care physician to confirm the diagnosis. Afterwards, a referral to a specialist will explain treatment options.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, loss of appetite, abdominal pain (stomach ache), shortness of breath, fever
    Symptoms that never occur with hodgkin's lymphoma:
    pulsing armpit mass, armpit lump that comes and goes, shrinking armpit lump, pink or red armpit bump, black or brown armpit bump, yellow or white armpit bump, bleeding armpit bump, armpit bump leaking yellow or milky fluid, armpit bump leaking clear fluid, scabbed armpit bump, scaly armpit bump, neck lump that comes and goes, shrinking neck bump, pink or red neck bump, black or brown neck bump, yellow or white neck bump, bleeding bump, bump leaking clear fluid, neck bump leaking yellow/milky fluid, scabbed bump, scaly neck bump, pulsing chest mass, chest lump that comes and goes, shrinking chest bump, pink or red chest bump, black or brown mass on chest, yellow or white chest bump, blue bump on the chest, bleeding chest bump, chest bump leaking clear fluid, chest bump leaking yellow/milky fluid, scabbed chest bump, scaly chest bump, pulsing groin mass, groin lump that comes and goes, shrinking groin lump, pink or red groin bump, black or brown groin bump, yellow or white groin bump, scabbed groin bump, scaly groin bump, bleeding groin bump, groin bump producing clear fluid, groin bump producing yellow or milky fluid
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Pink or Red Armpit Bump

  • Q.Is the bump in your armpit there constantly or does it come-and-go?
  • Q.How long have you had this bump?
  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?
  • Q.Have you been feeling more tired than usual, lethargic or fatigued despite sleeping a normal amount?

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Pink or Red Armpit Bump Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced pink or red armpit bump have also experienced:

    • 18% Armpit Pain
    • 9% Armpit Lump
    • 9% Pink or Red Butt Bump
  • People who have experienced pink or red armpit bump had symptoms persist for:

    • 34% Over a Month
    • 32% Less Than a Week
    • 12% One to Two Weeks
  • People who have experienced pink or red armpit bump were most often matched with:

    • 41% Pimple
    • 35% Skin Abscess
  • 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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