Yeah, get these things checked.
EdieK, the armpit thing: that is how I discovered I had MRSA, the antibiotic-resistant staph that can be very, very serious if not treated. Can't know how I got it, I use a home gym, but I suspect it might be related to using public restrooms so much!
49 year old female attorney, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985, no surgery but much suffering.
Asacol/5ASA 6x400 mg maintenance for 20+ years; use prednisone & Rowasa for flares.
August 2008 sought care of naturopathic doctor. Food sensitivity test showed gluten, other intolerances; started diet without gluten, soy, dairy, tomato etc. Replete$$ probiotic powder at first, now Forte pills.
Doing much better, but still experience anxiety that interferes with activities.