Lumps & Bumps
The entire body has the ability to develop various lumps and bumps either under the skin or on the skin. They form for various reasons and at various times of our lives.
What are the most common lumps and bumps?
The most common lumps and bumps are:
- Moles – Moles are growths on the skin that are usually brown or black. Moles can appear anywhere on the skin, alone or in groups. It is important to assess the size, color and borders of a mole. If it itches, bleeds, or has fluid coming from it, make an appointment for a consultation and discuss it with Dr. Kolachalam.
- Cysts – a cyst is a cluster of cells that have grouped together to form a sac. It may contain air, fluids, or semi-solid material. If there is a collection of pus it is called an abscess, not a cyst. There are many many types in various locations of the body.
- Skin Tags
- Skin Tumors
- Lipomas – Any lump that appears on your body should be checked. The most common lump you will notice are lipomas which are harmless lumps that usually don’t need any treatment. Lipomas are noncancerous (benign) tumors composed of fat cells and are soft and slow growing. They are usually found under the skin (subcutaneous.) Common areas for lipomas are the back, shoulders, buttocks, and thighs.
How to figure out which lump or bump you have?
Diagnosis usually is based on the appearance of the lesion and the your clinical history, although biopsy is sometimes required.
Treatment is based on the type of tumor and its location. This can include:
- Curettage with or without electrodesiccation