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 had a sore throat and a mild earache for a week with a inflamed white lump next to the uvula. What does that indicate?

Query: Hello doctor, I have had a sore throat and a mild earache for a week. I have noticed that next to my uvula, there is a white lump that is very red and inflamed (image attached). I have poked it to see if anything comes out, but it does not seem to. I have had tonsillitis before, but it did not seem ...  Read Full »

Dr. Vinay. S. Bhat

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The lump in the picture (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity) looks like inflamed lymphatic tissue over the soft palate, usually during a viral upper respiratory tract infection or viral pharyngitis. Our pharynx and palate have many lymphatic tissues...  Read Full »

The lump on my uvula goes down on drinking water, but comes back after a while. Why?

Query: Hi doctor,I have a lump on my uvula. When I drink water, the swelling goes down, but it comes back after a while. Kindly help me.  Read Full »

Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern. I have gone through the pictures you have attached (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). However, better assessments can be done if you can answer the following questions: 1. Do you have pain at uvula? 2. Do you h...  Read Full »

I noticed a swollen, firm lump under my armpit, which was painful on pressing. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor, I popped a boil under my armpit a few days ago. Then yesterday afternoon, I noticed a lump under my armpit. It was swollen and firm. It is not particularly painful, but it aches when I apply pressure. So throughout the day, I used a warm compression on it. There was no fever or other s...  Read Full »

Dr. N. Ashok Viswanath

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. Do not be anxious. The swelling beneath your armpit could be due to some typical infections. Keep your armpits clean, and try to take a bath at least twice a day. Consume healthy and nutritious foods. Avoid oily and processed foods. Continue...  Read Full »

Will the lump in my right eye after the surgery go away on its own?

Query: Hello doctor,I had undergone tear trough filler treatment six days ago. Before the doctor started the procedure, he told me I had many capillaries under my eyes, and the skin was very thin, so I might get bruises. He did the treatment of the right eye, which went fine. When he started with the left ...  Read Full »

Dr. M Anjali Shelbi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Since you underwent tear trough filler surgery a week ago, there can be a little swelling and bruising. When the bruising subsides, it leaves behind orange-brown stains due to hemosiderin deposition. It will resolve after a few days.  Read Full »

Can COVID cause carpometacarpal bossing?

Query: Hello doctor, I have painful wrist with bone swelling, which I think is carpometacarpal bossing. How can this be diagnosed? I have inflammatory arthritis in my left ankle, but it has been in remission, and I am off all medications. I have just recovered from COVID, so maybe this has caused the hand ...  Read Full »

Dr. Basuki Nath Bhagat

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have read your query. I am sorry for such discomfort. Carpometacarpal bossing presents with a firm lump on the back of the wrist, and the lump does not move. It can be asymptomatic or present with pain or limiting the wrist's range of movement. Since when or how long...  Read Full »

I have two lumps on the inner side of my left cheek. Can you please tell me what is causing it?

Query: Hi doctor, I appear to have two bumps on the left side of the inner side of the mouth. Two weeks ago, my lips cracked, which led to a sore mouth. Then one day, I noticed my uvula was inflamed. It started to go down after a day. All these symptoms are starting to ease. However, I notice two lumps i...  Read Full »

Dr. Mohammed Osama Aboborda

Answer: Hi,Welcome to to the surface, color, and size of these lumps, they look like a simple growth. These can be retention cysts or residual inflammation, but these do not look like anything serious. Did you have any unprotected or unsafe sex relations before the beginning of the sym...  Read Full »

What caused a small lump inside my earlobe that I have had for eight weeks?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a small pea-sized lump inside my earlobe. It has been there for more than eight weeks. Initially, it hurt a little but now the pain had gone. However, if squeezed very hard, it hurts. I can roll the lump with my thumb and index finger. It is not visible but is palpable on both side...  Read Full »

Dr. Basuki Nath Bhagat

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. I saw the picture you have attached (attachment removed to protect the patient’s identity). In the circled area of the image, I do not see any visible lump as you have mentioned. There is a mild discoloration of the skin compared to the s...  Read Full »

What is the lump at the base of my chin?

Query: Hello doctor, I have lump at the base of chin in the middle, where it meets the curve of neck. The size is a little smaller than a dime. Only you can feel that but not see. I was having discomfort for a month on the left side like I have to move my neck but has stopped now. Then noticed the round l...  Read Full »

Dr. Vedprakash Verma

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I need to examine either this is lipoma or enlarged lymph nodes. If possible, send images.  Read Full »

Should I be concerned about the asymptomatic lump under my ear?

Query: Hi doctor,I have a small lump under my ear on what I assume to be my parotid gland. I first noticed it a year ago, but it has not increased in size, and I have no symptoms or pain related to it. Should I get it checked out? Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Arpit Varshney

Answer: Hello,Welcome to can understand your concern. If the lump is not growing in size, it is not disturbing you, or it is not affecting your lifestyle, there is no need to worry. It is benign and does not need treatment. If it is increasing in size or disturbing you somehow, I suggest FNAC ...  Read Full »

Hard bump in throat and my mouth looks white.

Query: Hello doctor, I have a bump in the throat. It is hard and not painful, and my mouth looks white, I looked on the internet and scared of mouth cancer. Please Help. Other symptoms I had was pain in throat for couple days, but that gone away quickly with gargling. I also have reflux (I am going to the...  Read Full »

Dr. Mehak Agarwal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The posterior pharyngeal wall has some enlarged and congested nodules (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Could be due to chronic pharyngitis. Continue the reflux medicine and when any pain is there take decongestant and Claritin (Loratadine). For more in...  Read Full »

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