Skin Lumps and Bumps

A new bump under the skin often raises concern and most of the time, it becomes difficult to identify exactly how it occurred. Lumps and bumps are common in women, and often they ask themselves: Could it be a tumor or cancer? Where did this come from? Diverse types of skin lumps and bumps are harmless, but few people have a misconception that many of them are life-threatening. Hard bumps on the skin cause a sense of irritation, embarrassment, and are intricate to conceal with makeup. The most vital step is to determine which lump or bump requires serious attention. When we grow older, various bumps and lumps make their pesky appearance on our faces and other body parts. With bumps and lumps, benign and malignant growths can only be examined by a physician who can suggest the right treatment option. For the best course of action, consulting a dermatologist is pivotal.


Learning About Skin abnormALiTIES

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Common Causes

  • Keratoacanthoma
  • Cherry angioma
  • Folliculitis
  • Neurofibromas
  • Skin cysts
  • Epidermoid Cysts
  • Keratosis Pilaris

what could your lump/bump be?

A lump can be of numerous things such as corn or callus, swollen lymph nodes, cyst, or lipoma. Here is a brief overview of exactly what these things are all about:

Corn or callus: Excess pressure on a given area of skin; primarily hands, feet, and toes leads to corn or callus. The occurrence of corn or callus results in flaky, yellowish, or thickened skin.

Swollen lymph nodes: Neck, armpits, and groin are the areas affected by swollen lymph nodes. If not treated at the appropriate time, swollen lymph nodes can bring devastating results such as cancer or HIV.

Cyst: Acknowledged as non-cancerous closed pockets of tissues, till the time cysts get inflamed or infected, they do not cause pain. Cysts may occur due to clogging of sebaceous glands.

Lipoma: Lipoma usually occurs because of excessive fat cells and is particularly found on shoulders, back, and neck. In comparison to kids, Lipoma is more likely to develop in adults and adolescents.


Treatment Options for Skin lumps and bumps

Surgical Excision: This is an excellent treatment option. This surgery includes the cutting and removal of the lump out of the body with the help of incisions. Most of the doctors and surgeons perform this minor surgery at their outpatient clinics.

Tissue Sample: Need of a tissue sample arises when determining the cause of a cyst or lump is hard for the doctor. Because tissue samples ensure accurate diagnosis, the majority of physicians use tissue samples.

Steroid Injections: Steroid injections are extremely handy in diminishing lipoma and many other lumps. As per opinion of medical professionals, lumps do not disappear entirely by using steroid injections.

Antibiotics: Lumps and bumps that occur due to bacteria can be treated with antibiotics prescribed by a doctor. It is necessary to follow the guidelines before taking the medication.

Liposuction: It is a renowned fact that liposuction is highly useful in removing fat from the body. This surgical procedure can also remove lumps and fatty tissue by in most cases using a large syringe.


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