Lumps or hard growths on the body are common and usually are benign (noncancerous) in nature. Lipoma, enlarged lymph nodes, fibroma, skin abscess, hernia, and ganglion cysts are the most common causes of a lump under the skin. Consult a doctor immediately if the lump is painful, red, leaking pus, fever, and if it is bigger than 10 cm in diameter.

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I have a pea-sized red tender lump on the back of my shoulder blade. Why?

Query: Hi doctor,I have a small pea-sized red tender lump on the back of my shoulder blade. It has been there for about a month. I am taking Paxil. Kindly help me.  Read Full »

Dr. Sandeep Golla

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Please share few clear pictures of the lesion so that I can give a better opinion.  Read Full »

What is the cause for swelling between the vagina and rectum with pus discharge?

Query: Hi doctor,I have swelling between my vaginal and rectal parts, and it is paining a lot. I am not able to sit, sleep and walk properly. It is kind of a lump and swelling around it with pain. I suffered from the same problem a few months back, and it was normalized after taking antibiotics and painki...  Read Full »

Dr. Sugreev Singh

Answer: Hi, Welcome to It can be due to bacterial infection only, so there is pus formation and lump. Which further causing pain, so we have to treat it accordingly. Can you please send a picture of it so I can assess it and let you know what it is? And please tell me, is there any disch...  Read Full »

Does Penicillin intake cause the development of hives in Epstein-Barr virus infections?

Query: Hi doctor, I was taken into primary care last night and diagnosed with a septic throat and hives on my body. I was given a prescription for antibiotics and steroids. It has been 24 hours since I was checked, and my throat is better, but the hives on my body have spread and started to form hard lump...  Read Full »

Dr. Rajendran R Nayar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand that you are suffering from fever, sore throat, hives, and blisters. You are currently on antibiotics, steroids, and anti-histamines. Persons with infection by the Epstein-Barr virus can result in rashes when they take Penicillin-containing medicatio...  Read Full »

Will lipoma produce movable lumps causing asymmetrical armpits?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 26-year-old female of height 5’3” and 114 lbs. I had a cyst in my armpit about 12 years ago, now that armpit is a lot larger than the other and seems to have some swollen lump on it for a couple of weeks now. I can grab onto the lump, and it feels like fatty tissue. It...  Read Full »

Dr. Bn Bhagat

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I saw the picture attached (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). There is a very clear asymmetry in the armpit region. There is a slight elevation in the left armpit. As per the history which you have mentioned, it is more noticeable to you since ...  Read Full »

Do genital warts look like painless skin-colored lumps on the penis?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a skin-colored, painless lump on the shaft of my penis. I noticed these before around the shaft of my penis only, and they are painless and squishy with my skin color. They do not appear darker. There are about four of these on the right side of the penis shaft. I had these prior ...  Read Full »

Dr. Seikhoo Bishnoi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to These appear to be genital warts. Could you please tell me if you have any history of unprotected high-risk sexual intercourse? Any discharge from the penis? Any lump in the inguinal area? Since how long these are there? You have mentioned that the size increases...  Read Full »

Does a long-standing slow-growing lump on the right buttock indicate cancer?

Query: Hi doctor, There is a lump (about 3 cm to 4 cm in diameter) on my right buttock for a very long period (about 15 to 18 years). Perhaps it is not regular shaped (not fully round or oval). It might have increased a little within the last five years, and now it might be 4.5 cm to 5 cm in diameter. It ...  Read Full »

Dr. Shivpal Saini

Answer: Hi, Welcome to A lump with a 15-year history does not indicate cancer. It looks like some lipoma (fat lump). But long-duration lump with a sudden increase in size or recent increase in size is worrisome. It may be a sebaceous cyst diagnosed by your dermatologist, but sebaceous cys...  Read Full »

Do lumps under the ear, along with fever, indicate acne vulgaris?

Query: Hi doctor, I have two lumps under my ear, one big and one smaller right under the big one. Not sure if it is a lymph node or something else. I had a light fever the last two days (37 degrees), but now it is back to normal. Sometimes I get lumps in my armpits, but all the doctors say it is nothing s...  Read Full »

Dr. Sugreev Singh

Answer: Hi, Welcome to These are due to infection, and in some cases, there can be a cyst that is not really harmful and goes by itself. But in your case, these are more likely acne vulgaris because, as I can see (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity), there are other acn...  Read Full »

Are cysts on the inner labia of serious concern?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 23-year-old female. My height is 5 feet 2 inches, and my weight is 140 lbs. I want to know if my problem is serious or not. I appear to have a cyst on my inner labia. It is a pea-sized bump that is uncomfortable when it gets pressure on it. I have this for two weeks. I have had so...  Read Full »

Dr. Sugreev Singh

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thank you for writing, and I understand your concern. Actually, such cysts are due to infection or shaving, so if you recently shaved your genital area, it can be due to that only. Or another reason could be infection due to unprotected sex. So if you had unprotected se...  Read Full »

Does a long-standing painless lump over the ankle indicate sarcoma?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 33-year-old female, and I believe I noticed this raised area months ago but thought nothing of it. I saw it again last week and began to worry when I noticed the difference in both legs. It feels like fatty tissue. It is neither hard nor soft. I saw the lump (more like a raised ar...  Read Full »

Dr. Nagaraj Patil

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. I understand you noticed this lump a few months ago. Is it of the same size when you saw it for the first time? Do you work out regularly? Have you noticed any such swelling anywhere else on your body? Let me know your answers. For me, it look...  Read Full »

What is the treatment for the lump present on the back of my head?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 26 years old. I am a student and under loads of stress. I smoke cigarettes and drink on occasion. I have a lump underneath the skin on the back of my head. Many years ago, I was in the hospital for skull fracture on the back of my head. I have had serious migraines lately and get di...  Read Full »

Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hi, Welcome to First, is this lump present since the time of fracture? Is it hard, bony or soft and mobile? This lump could be an abnormal bony fusion. Also, the other common cause is a sebaceous cyst and lipoma. All are a benign condition. You should once get this examined by your GP,...  Read Full »

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