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 lump on my skin, is it a swollen lymph node or a pimple?

Query: Hello doctor, I am attaching a picture of a lump on my skin, and I wanted to know if this was a swollen lymph node or a pimple. It feels like a hard lump somehow in the skin, not underneath it. It appears to be red, and it is painful.   Read Full »

Dr. Sugreev Singh

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. From the picture attached (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity), it is an abscess (collection of pus) inside the skin. There are no swollen lymph nodes, so do not worry about it. It will be alright. Can you please tell me wh...  Read Full »

There are thick lumpy nodes and white discharge from foreskin. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor, I was treated with Fluconazole 400 mg once daily and applied Sertaconazole twice daily for 10 days but thick lumpy nodes show in the foreskin and also a thick white discharge under the foreskin.This area also deep shown. Please advice. My sugar level is normal and HbA1c is 5.9. There i...  Read Full »

Dr. Asmeet Kaur Sawhney

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have reviewed the attached photographs (attachment removed to protect patient identity) and would recommend you to take tablet Aciclovir 400 mg thrice daily for five days, tablet Cefixime 400 mg single dose. Apply the Fusidic acid cream on the affected areas twice dai...  Read Full »

My 80-year-old father has a benign lump on his left jaw. Is it safe for him to undergo surgery for it considering his age?

Query: Hello doctor, My father is 80-year-old and has had a lump on the left side of his jaw underneath the left ear for the last three years. Last year we did an ultrasound and an FNAC test of the same. The FNAC test showed that the lump was benign, and the doctor suggested surgery was the only way to tre...  Read Full »

Dr. Akshay B K

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have reviewed the reports (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity), and I suggest it be a benign cyst, mostly a branchial cyst. These cysts are formed due to remnants during the intraembryonic period, the branchial arches form various parts of the nec...  Read Full »

Can a lump on the head be treated with medication?

Query: Hello doctor, My mom, aged 52 years, got a small lump on her head three years back. Although it was not causing any pain, she was curious to know if it could be treated by medication. She felt its size increased slightly, but she did not prefer surgery. For your information, the present size is the...  Read Full »

Dr. Shanza Ikram

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. I have gone through your case. Most likely, the diagnosis is a sebaceous cyst. It is spontaneous, which means it has no obvious cause. And in most cases, it is painless. Sometimes, it increases in size. As you know, the best treatment for this i...  Read Full »

Can this hard and tender lump inside my lower cheek be cancerous?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 25 years old. Just under my right jawline, I had a tender pain, a couple days later it had swelled. Now, that has gone down but there seems to be a bump inside my lower cheek where the gums meet the cheek. It seems thick or hard, not really moveable and more on the inside of the c...  Read Full »

Dr. Prerna Jain

Answer: Hello,Welcome to symptoms that you have described are most common to an infection-related swelling associated with a cavitated tooth. This can be easily diagnosed by a clinical examination (you can check by yourself or send a picture) followed by an X-ray (IOPA).If however, there is ...  Read Full »

Can hard lump on my forearm mean a fracture?

Query: Hello doctor, I hit my forearm yesterday and there is a hard lump now where it was hit. It does not hurt to move my arm or pick things up but does hurt if any pressure is put near the lump. It does not sound like a fracture, does it? I do not want to go to the doctor's office as everyone is sick and...  Read Full »

Dr. Settipalli Saravan Pramod

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through the attachments (attachment removed to protect patient identity). It does not seem like a fracture. I would like to know few things for clarity. Do you find any difficulty in moving your hand or anything else? Is there any kind of color...  Read Full »

I found a lump behind my right ear. What could it be?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 17-year-old male. I found a lump behind my right ear, not a huge lump, maybe the size of half of a grape or slightly smaller. Other than that, I would not say there are any more symptoms, not that I have noticed anyway. Although I should mention, I do have a bad tooth (back too...  Read Full »

Dr. Mashfika N Alam

Answer: Hello, Welcome to A lump behind the ear could be a swollen lymph node if the toothache were also on the same side. If it recently appeared, is not hard or fixed, if it is more or less tender to the touch or is not growing bigger, it easily could be due to an infection from a tooth, in...  Read Full »

What could be the tiny lump above my hip that hurts on pressing?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 21 years old, male, 5'9", 105 kg. When I woke up, I felt a tiny lumped mass on the back just above left hip. Only hurts when pressed hard. I am anxious. Could it be constipation?  Read Full »

Dr. Rashi Verma

Answer: Hi, Welcome to There are lots of differential diagnosis for the lump. Lipoma: It is an overgrowth of fat in an area. It is soft to touch. It is a benign condition. It is a slow-growing tumor and usually recurs if removed. No treatment is needed if small. Sebaceaous cyst: It is cysti...  Read Full »

I have a painless small raised lump on my arm. What is it?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a small red raised lump on my arm with a slightly waxy appearance. It does not itch and has grown from nothing to approximately four to five mm in diameter in three months. Initially, it just started as a very small dot and has grown. I am attaching the pictures for your referen...  Read Full »

Dr. Gaurang Gupta

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have seen your photos (attachments removed to protect patient identity). It is a small reddish papule. Since how long have you had this? Is it painful? This could be either of these. Insect bite reaction or small lipoma. Mastocytoma (mast cell tumor) or melanom...  Read Full »

Why does my CT scan report show lumps on the left side of my throat and gums?

Query: Hello doctor, I have had a CT scan done and I have not yet received the reports. I have received the images of the reports, but the left side looks different from the right side. I had the third infection of COVID-19, nasal problems, and headaches for three months. I also have a lump on the left sid...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Shoyab

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have reviewed the attached images (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). There is nothing to be worried about. I request you upload more images related to your condition.   Read Full »

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