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Can someone please help me. I am new to this forum. I have taken HS in my armpit but this past few days bruising has started to appear on my upper arm. I know I haven't hit it against anything and I'm so scared incase it's something more serious.

Can anyone help?


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    Hi Lily, I also get HS in my armpit. On one occasion when I had a really bad flare & the lumps extremely painful & enlarged, literally taking up the whole underarm area, I noticed what I thought was bruising too around the outside of the area. By the next day it had spread half way to my elbow & was very swollen & sensitive to touch. I had a drs appointment that day & straight away she told me this was cellulitis. She gave me a 2week course of antibiotics & told me if I started to get a fever or feel unwell to go straight to hospital as cellulitus can quickly turn to blood poisoning. It took almost the full 2 weeks for this & the HS flare to clear up & even now my skin is sore to touch down to my elbow-this happened mid july. Not sure if this is what you have but if you're worried about it please get in touch with you're dr. I hope you get sorted xx

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    Hi Lily

    I would agree with Rebecca's advice. As a HS sufferer I've not personally encountered this problem. However as a nurse I would say that what you are describing does sound as if it is, or could become a cellulitis. Go to you GP, even if it doesn't turn out to be cellulitis you can get some painkillers or some other treatment, and it's better to be safe.

    ?All the best

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      Thank you very much. I am heading to doctors tomorrow so hopefully he will be able to give me something for it

      Thanks again, your reply has been really helpful. Xx

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      Good luck with your appointment. Have a good think before you go about what you want to tell the doctor, what questions you want to ask; make it clear you want to be in control of this condition and be a proactive partner in the treatment.

      ?This is such a vile condition that it's easy to feel embarrassed about it, even with the doctor, and to just get the whole thing over with and get out of there. Believe me, doctors have seen far worse, don't be embarrassed and don't be fobbed off. Ask questions, say how bad it is.

      ?Hope you see an improvement soon.

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