How to treat a sore armpit?
Your arm is easily one of the most active limbs on your body, being used for almost every task you carry out. Having a sore armpit can be incredibly painful and doing something about it fast is highly advisable.
Why is my Armpit sore?
While there are literally hundreds of reasons why one may have a sore armpit, I’ll be going over some of the most common ones in order to save time.
- Muscle Strain – Like I mentioned at the start, you use your arms a lot. If you have been lifting anything particularly heavy or took a bump during a recent sports practice, then that could be why your arm’s feeling sore. If this is the case then you are probably suffering from a sore/ pulled muscle, however, to ensure it’s not broken or torn I would highly recommend you visit a doctor. If you are sure that the pain isn’t because of anything serious, then it may be a good idea to visit a physiotherapist and get a massage, or simply do some basic exercises.
- Sensitive Skin – Often cutting your armpit during shaving or rubbing it on your clothes can cause your armpit and arm to become incredibly sore, which is less than ideal. Try and make sure that you don’t cut yourself when shaving and if you do that you cover it up immediately and make sure it doesn’t rub on your clothes.
- Skin Tags – It’s not uncommon for small lumps of skin to begin to protrude from your skin and, funnily enough, they are known as Skit tags. They are caused by a number of factors such as friction, which is common under your armpit, as well as moist conditions, which are also common. These tags can then tear off causing a great deal of pain, which is best to avoid. Skin tags can be removed a number of ways, such as utilizing natural Tea Tree Oil; applying wart remover cream that cuts of the Tag’s blood supply, causing it to fall off; or using a specialist tag remover.
Should you see a Doctor?
As with any other pain or injury, if you feel it is serious enough then you should definitely see a doctor. If your only symptom is a sore armpit then you are probably just suffering from one of the illnesses I listed above, however, if your symptoms extend to swelling and odd lumps, then it’s possible you have something more severe, such as breast cancer.
Like we mentioned right at the beginning, you use your arms a lot and it’s not uncommon to knock or hurt them. In the vast majority of cases, armpit pain can be avoided with weak painkillers and some good rest, however, as with everything in life, there is a small possibility that it could be something worse. If you feel your symptoms don’t match the ones I listed above, then you should book a meeting with your Doctor/Physician as soon as possible.