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How can I ease the pain in my armpit if it comes from a muscle strain?

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You can strain armpit muscles by overdoing activities like lifting something heavy, causing pain. For mild strains, doctors suggest that you rest the muscle by taking a break from the activity that caused the pain. You can also put ice on the area and take over-the-counter medicine to ease pain and swelling. Call a doctor if your symptoms get worse or the strain doesn't heal within a few weeks.

From: Why Does My Armpit Hurt? WebMD Medical Reference

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American Cancer Society: “Breast Cancer Symptoms: What You Need to Know,” “What Is Breast Cancer?” “Mastectomy,” “Breast-conserving Surgery (Lumpectomy),” “Radiation for Breast Cancer,” “Treatment of Breast Cancer Stages I-III,” “Hormone Therapy for Breast Cancer.”

National Cancer Institute: “NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms: Lymph Nodes.”

Mayo Clinic: “Swollen Lymph Nodes,” “Muscle Strains.”

CDC: “Epstein-Barr Virus and Infectious Mononucleosis.”

KidsHealth: “Measles.”

PubMed Central: “A practical approach to imaging the axilla.”

Harvard Health Publishing: “Muscle Strain.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “What is Pain/Types of Pain Treated?”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on September 19, 2019

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: “Breast Cancer Symptoms: What You Need to Know,” “What Is Breast Cancer?” “Mastectomy,” “Breast-conserving Surgery (Lumpectomy),” “Radiation for Breast Cancer,” “Treatment of Breast Cancer Stages I-III,” “Hormone Therapy for Breast Cancer.”

National Cancer Institute: “NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms: Lymph Nodes.”

Mayo Clinic: “Swollen Lymph Nodes,” “Muscle Strains.”

CDC: “Epstein-Barr Virus and Infectious Mononucleosis.”

KidsHealth: “Measles.”

PubMed Central: “A practical approach to imaging the axilla.”

Harvard Health Publishing: “Muscle Strain.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “What is Pain/Types of Pain Treated?”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on September 19, 2019

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