Skin lumps are any abnormal bump or swelling on the skin.
Many people wonder if small bumps or lumps on the body are something to worry about. Most lumps and swellings are benign (not cancerous) and are harmless, especially the kind that feel soft and roll easily (lipomas).
A lump or swelling that appears suddenly (over 24 - 48 hours) and is painful is usually caused by an injury or an infection.
Skin lumps from trauma can be treated with rest, ice, compression, and elevation. Most other lumps should be looked at by your health care provider before you try any home treatments.
Call your provider if there is any unexplained lump or swelling.
Your doctor will perform a physical exam and ask you questions about your symptoms, including:
Your doctor may prescribe antibiotics if you have an infection. If cancer is suspected, a biopsy may be done.
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