Why examining the armpit or axilla is not favourable? Imaging touching, examine and palpating the wet and sweaty hairy armpit with bare hands and fingers? It is not just a superficial touch but few several deep touches,including pushing the fingers into the axilla region for thorough examination of the armpits, especially patients with cancer or lymphoma. Summore, there are 5 main groups of axillary lymph nodes. If the armpit is dry, it is still alright.
Of course the proper way is to examine patient with clothes off which I do when examining or palpating other body parts. But when I examine armpit, I prefer to examine with clothes on, provided they wear thin clothes, so that I can have a thorough feel & palpation without "direct" touch. Kkkkkk.... The reason is very obvious right? I don't think you all want to touch other people's armpits if possible. If the patient wears sleeveless clothes, Mmmmmm... I kena many times liao examine patients with wet armpits with my bare hands. But I still have to act cool & professional like nothing had happened, and carry on with the other necessarily clinical examination :(
Side note : Pleaseeeeeeeee don't wear sleeveless clothes when u go for follow-up, (psssss...cos doctors are humans too). :P