Hand Injury Infection Spreading to Armpit Nodes
Q: I’m a male and I’m 17. I wrecked my dirt bike yesterday and I scraped my hand on the road. The next day, I had a red line going from my hand to my arm pit. It has no pain, just the injury on my hand.
– By Timothy Hollingsworth
You need immediate medical attention. Visit your nearest doctor/ health center at the earliest!
The condition you have is medically called lymphangitis.
What is Lymphangitis?
All organs of our body have their own lymphatic systems. This consist of the organ, the lymphatic channels draining it and the group of lymph nodes to which the organ drains.
Lymph is an important fluid, which ultimately drains into the blood. Lymphoid tissues work basically as sieves or filters of blood.
Now, your skin is an organ, which drains into the lymph nodes of the armpit via a few lymphatic channels.
Sometimes, as in acute streptococcal or staphylococcal infections of the skin, the infection may spread from skin to the lymphatic channels.
The infected lymph channels appear as a red line going up towards the armpit.
The infection may further reach the lymph nodes of the arm pit. If delayed, causative bacteria can enter the blood stream from the lymph nodes, leading to a very serious medical condition caused sepsis.
Sepsis is a life-threatening condition. So, you may go to a hospital without any delay.