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4 Potential Yellow or White Armpit Bump Causes

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.

  1. 1.Whitehead

    Whiteheads are caused by hair follicles becoming clogged with oil & dead skin cells. When the clogged pore is closed to the air by a layer of skin cells, the oil/dead skin cells remains white (as opposed to a blackhead).

    Whiteheads should go away within the next 3-4 days

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    small armpit lump, yellow or white armpit bump
    Symptoms that always occur with whitehead:
    yellow or white armpit bump, small armpit lump
    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").

    Good prognosis with treatment

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    painful armpit lump, marble sized armpit lump, pink or red armpit bump, large armpit lump, armpit bump leaking yellow or milky fluid
    Symptoms that never occur with skin abscess:
    fever
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

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  3. 3.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 armpit lump, pink or red armpit bump, armpit itch, armpit bump leaking yellow or milky fluid, yellow or white armpit bump
    Symptoms that always occur with folliculitis:
    small armpit lump
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  4. 4.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.

    92-96% resolve with treatment within 7-10 days

    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, red bump
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Yellow or White Armpit Bump

  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?
  • Q.Do you have a rash?
  • Q.Is the bump hard or soft?
  • Q.Have you had any changes in your weight?

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Yellow or White Armpit Bump Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced yellow or white armpit bump have also experienced:

    • 20% Armpit Lump
    • 12% Painful Armpit Lump
    • 8% Pink or Red Armpit Bump
  • People who have experienced yellow or white armpit bump had symptoms persist for:

    • 43% Less Than a Week
    • 22% Over a Month
    • 13% Less Than a Day
  • People who have experienced yellow or white armpit bump were most often matched with:

    • 47% Skin Abscess
    • 26% Whitehead
    • 26% Folliculitis
  • 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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