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I have small lumps under the skin of my lower chest, they feel like little lumps of fat. I also have slightly puffy nipples which make it look worse?

I have small lumps under the skin of my lower chest, they feel like little lumps of fat. I also have slightly puffy nipples which make it look worse?

Gynecomastia?: Small smooth soft rubbery mobile lumps within the lower chest may be fat or breast tissue. Collections under the nipple and areola can cause puffy nipples, a mild form of gynecomastia. Gynecomastia usually begins at puberty, and often resolves in a few years. If persistent, surgical removal can help. Consult with a plastic surgeon in your area to learn more. ...Read more

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I have a lump growing under the skin above my left ribs. It is soft (feels like fat tissue)- recently started hurting. Have had chronic cough x1 yr.

I have a lump growing under the skin above my left ribs.  It is soft (feels like fat tissue)- recently started hurting.  Have had chronic cough x1 yr.

Probable lipoma: The lump is probably a lipoma, which is a benign fat tumor. If you see a dermatologist, they can usually tell you whether it could be anything else and whether it it worth removing it. ...Read more

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I have big lumps under the skin on the face and neck, what are they?

I have big lumps under the skin on the face and neck, what are they?

These could be: cysts, lipomas, or many other benign tumors, see dermatologist for answers ...Read more

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I fell on my forearm and now there are little lumps under the skin. What should I do?

I fell on my forearm and now there are little lumps under the skin. What should I do?

See your PCP to get: An evaluation and xrays to ensure that you don't have a fracture. Other possibilities include a pulled muscle, or collection of blood causing a lump etc, etc. Another possibility is that the lumps were always there but you noticed them after hurting the forearm from the fall. Seeing an orthopod would greatly help for proper diagnosis. Good luck ; happy holidays. ...Read more

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I have small lumps under the skin on my penis should I be worried?

I have small lumps under the skin on my penis should I be worried?

Concerned: And inquisitive. Circumcision? There can be small cysts, collections at edge. Several other causes which a urologist can help, you define and treat if needed. ...Read more

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I have small lumps under the skin on my penis should I be worried?

I have small lumps under the skin on my penis should I be worried?

Maybe skin cysts?: A little bump on the skin that has whitish stuff inside, but is not pus as in a pimple, is likely a skin cyst that contains skin oils and skin cells. A primary care doctor or a dermatologist can look at it to see what can be done. Sometimes, keeping the cyst empty for a while will allow it to shrink in size. On a penis, tiny permanent whitish bumps near hairs may be normal and not need removal. ...Read more

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What can I do if my cll has flared up, and now I have lumps under the skin is it time for chemo?

What can I do if my cll has flared up, and now I have lumps under the skin is it time for chemo?

Maybe: If there are only a symptomatic lumps, radiation is effective. If skin tumors are widespread chemo might be indicated. ...Read more

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