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Skin Lumps & Bumps

Skin lumps are any areas of abnormally raised skin. The lumps may be hard and rigid, or soft and moveable. Swelling from injury is one common form of skin lump.

Most skin lumps are benign, meaning they’re not cancerous. Skin lumps are generally not dangerous, and usually don’t interfere with your everyday life.

Possible causes of skin lumps
Skin lumps can be caused by a number of health conditions that range in severity. Common types and causes of skin lumps include:

  • Trauma
  • Acne
  • Moles
  • Warts
  • Pockets of infection, such as abscesses and boils
  • Cancerous growths
  • Cysts
  • Corns
  • Allergic reactions, including hives
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Childhood illnesses, like chicken pox

Treatment for skin lumps
Discomfort or pain from lymph node swelling, enlarged salivary glands, or a skin rash caused by a viral illness can be managed. You should try ice packs, baking soda baths, and fever-reducing medication.

Skin lumps caused by injury usually fade on their own as the swelling goes down. Applying an ice pack and elevating the area can reduce inflammation and ease pain.

A skin lump that causes continual pain or is hazardous to your health may require a more invasive medical treatment. Skin lumps that may warrant drainage or surgical removal include:

  • Boils
  • Corns
  • Cysts
  • Dancerous tumors or moles
  • Abscesses

Most skin lumps aren’t serious. Usually, treatment is only necessary if the lump is bothering you.

You should go to your family GP if you are concerned about a growth on your skin. Your doctor can evaluate the lump and make sure it’s not a symptom of a serious underlying condition which may require surgical intervention.

You will have the opportunity to discuss the technique best suited to your condition prior to making any decisions.

Please ensure you consult a healthcare professional before making decisions about your health.

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