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Black or Brown Armpit Bump Symptom, Causes & Questions

Understand your black or brown armpit bump symptoms, including 5 causes & common questions.

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5 Possible Black Or Brown Armpit Bump Causes

The list below shows results from the use of our quiz by Buoy users who experienced black or brown armpit bump. This list does not constitute medical advice and may not accurately represent what you have.

Enlarged lymph nodes in the armpit

Enlarged lymph nodes occur when the node becomes larger as it fills with inflammatory cells. This often is a result of an infection but can occur without a known cause.

Rarity: Common

Top Symptoms: armpit lump, movable armpit lump

Symptoms that always occur with enlarged lymph nodes in the armpit: armpit lump

Symptoms that never occur with enlarged lymph nodes in the armpit: fever, unintentional weight loss, hard lump in the armpit

Urgency: Phone call or in-person visit

Skin abscess

A skin abscess is a large pocket of pus that has formed just beneath the skin. It is caused by bacteria getting under the skin, usually through a small cut or scratch, and beginning to multiply. The body fights the invasion with white blood cells, which kill some of the infected tissue but form pus within the cavity that remains.

Symptoms include a large, red, swollen, painful lump of pus anywhere on the body beneath the skin. There may be fever, chills, and body aches from the infection.

If not treated, there is the risk of an abscess enlarging, spreading, and causing serious illness.

Diagnosis is made through physical examination.

A small abscess may heal on its own, through the body's immune system. But some will need to be drained or lanced in a medical provider's office so that the pus can be cleaned out. Antibiotics are usually prescribed.

Keeping the skin clean, and using only clean clothes and towels, will help to make sure that the abscess does not recur.

Rarity: Common

Top Symptoms: rash with bumps or blisters, red rash, red skin bump larger than 1/2 cm in diameter, pus-filled rash, rash

Symptoms that always occur with skin abscess: rash with bumps or blisters

Urgency: Primary care doctor

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Blackhead

Blackheads are caused by hair follicles becoming clogged with oil & dead skin cells. When the clogged pore is open to the air, the air turns the outermost layer black through oxidation.

Rarity: Common

Top Symptoms: small facial lump, black or brown facial bump

Symptoms that always occur with blackhead: small facial lump, black or brown facial bump

Urgency: Self-treatment

Atypical mole

Moles are growths on the skin. They happen when pigment cells in the skin, called melanocytes, grow in clusters. Certain moles are considered "atypical" because of their size and characteristics, which require careful watching and possibly even biopsy in order to monitor for development into cancer.

Rarity: Uncommon

Top Symptoms: severe abdominal lump, brown-colored skin changes, moderate abdominal lump, atypical abdominal bump features, growing abdominal bump

Symptoms that always occur with atypical mole: black or brown abdominal bump, atypical abdominal bump features

Urgency: Primary care doctor

Mole in the armpit

Moles are growths on the skin. They happen when pigment cells in the skin, called melanocytes, grow in clusters.

Rarity: Uncommon

Top Symptoms: constant armpit lump, black or brown armpit bump, small armpit lump, black or brown armpit bump with smooth border, uniformly black or brown armpit bump

Symptoms that always occur with mole in the armpit: constant armpit lump, black or brown armpit bump

Urgency: Wait and watch

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Black Or Brown Armpit Bump

To diagnose this condition, your doctor would likely ask the following questions:

  • Is the border of the bump round or are there jagged edges?
  • Any fever today or during the last week?
  • Is the bump a single shade of black or brown or a mix?
  • Do you have a rash?

The above questions are also covered by our A.I. Health Assistant.

If you've answered yes to one or more of these questions

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Black Or Brown Armpit Bump Symptom Checker Statistics

People who have experienced black or brown armpit bump have also experienced:

  • 18% Painful Armpit Lump
  • 9% Armpit Pain
  • 3% Scaly Armpit Bump

People who have experienced black or brown armpit bump were most often matched with:

  • 57% Skin Abscess
  • 28% Enlarged Lymph Nodes In The Armpit
  • 14% Blackhead

People who have experienced black or brown armpit bump had symptoms persist for:

  • 43% Less than a week
  • 21% Over a month
  • 13% Less than a day

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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Disclaimer: The article does not replace an evaluation by a physician. Information on this page is provided as an information resource only, and is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic or treatment purposes.