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Lumps and Bumps In Your Body

Lumps and Bumps in Your Body

While most of us panic when we feel a lump or bump in our bodies, it is often not a case of concern. But when should you not worry about it?

Is it a Cyst?

Cysts are soft, grape-sized lumps usually occurring in the breasts or groin area. They can appear and disappear on their own, and unless it’s sensitive and painful, it will not require attention. However, if it lasts for more than a month, get it examined by a doctor.

Is it a Thyroid Nodule?

Lack of iodine may lead to a thyroid nodule appearing on your body. They occur in the lower half of your neck and can be hard to touch and immovable. If you experience pain and hoarseness of voice, difficulty swallowing or continued cough, you should consult your doctor.

Is it a Swollen Lymph Node?

Lymph nodes are pea-size lumps and can be found across the body, specifically around the neck, armpits, behind the collarbone, and the groin. Lymph nodes eliminate toxins and dead blood cells from the body. If you have a cold or an infection, the lymph nodes may swell up due to a large number of dead cells. If the lump gets bigger and stays for more than two weeks, have it checked.

Is it Fibroadenomas

If you feel a lump like a movable rubber ball inside your breast, it could be a fibroadenoma. It is a common occurrence and is usually benign. However, lumps in the breast are best not speculated over. Consult your doctor for an accurate diagnosis.

Is it Dermatofibroma?

They are round, red-brown skin growths that usually occur in the arms and legs of adults. You may experience some itching and pain, but if it persists, you may get it surgically removed.

Is it Folliculitis?

Folliculitis is a skin inflammation that is caused to friction or irritation on your skin from an external source. It generally occurs in the thigs or scalps, in people who have diabetes or are obese.

Is it a Ganglion Cyst?

Ganglion Cysts can be the size of a pea to as large as a peach. It usually occurs on your foot, wrist, or in the back of your hand, and is usually firm or slightly spongy to touch. They tend to appear after an injury and may limit physical activities for a while. However, if it persists, get it checked.

Is it a Lipoma?

If you feel a lump that’s like a squishy ball that moves easily, on your arms, legs, or torso, it is likely a Lipoma. A lipoma is a fatty deposit that is usually an inherited trait. If it causes any pain or bleeding, get it checked or removed by surgery.

When Should You Worry?

There are multiple causes of lumps and bumps on your skin to occur. But if you find a lump that is hard, immovable, and tender, or around the breast or genital areas that persist for more than a few weeks, it’s best to get yourself checked.

Medanta Medical Team
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