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swollen lymph nodes
Dec 18, 2001

Hi, I am a 28 yr old female, a couple days ago I noticed a few slightly swollen lymph nodes under my arm. When I researched the cause, I read that it could be breast cancer or possibly aids. Is there anything else that would cause this? I have a eczema type rash on my hand and I had a hive like rash on my breast on the same side a week ago.Could that have caused this?

Response from Dr. Aberg

Yes, you certainly could have what is called "reactive lymphadenopathy" in your axilla (armpits) from a rash especially if you have an infection. Sometimes, people get infected sweat glands in the axilla as well which feel like swollen lumps and may be painful. I would suggest you have your doctor examine this. Persistent swollen lymph nodes in the axillary region should always prompt screening for breast cancer. HIV is usually associated with generalized swelling of lymph nodes and usually is not localized. However, if you have risks for HIV or your doctor detects swollen lymph nodes elsewhere, you should get a HIV test.

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