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Quarter sized hard lump under skin right shoulder blade area with a small bruise above it has been there for sure 2 1/2 years what is?

Quarter sized hard lump under skin right shoulder blade area with a small bruise above it has been there for sure 2 1/2 years what is?

Many possibilities: If there is no pain, no increase in size, unlikely to be cancerous. If increasing in size, or painful, you need to see a general or ortho surgeon for eval and likely work up or excisional biopsy. Small non painful lumps are frequently inclusion cysts, fatty tumors, possibly a cyst coming from a local joint. For reassurance, have your pcp take a look first. ...Read more

Bruise Or Contusion (Definition)

Bruises, or ecchymoses, are discolorations and tenderness of the skin or mucous membranes due to the leakage of blood from an injured blood vessel into the surrounding tissues. A serious disease called pupura presents as a cluster of small bruises called petachia. Petachia often appears as many tiny red dots clustered together, and could indicate a problem. ...Read more


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I got into a car accident. I have a large bruise on my leg that keeps getting bigger and had a hard lump under skin. Its been growing every day?

I got into a car accident. I have a large bruise on my leg that keeps getting bigger and had a hard lump under skin. Its been growing every day?

The bruise =bleeding: & if there is a collection of blood called hematoma, the discoloration always get bigger & many colors. The lump = a fibrosis of the clot, the body usually cleans them up. But it takes time. May get smaller & go away, or you are left with a permanent lump of undetermined size. Just be patient, there is no serious thing going to happen. It will just sit there. Ice @ first, after 3-4 days, heat. ...Read more

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Hit my upper leg on edge of table very hard a month ago. Had a huge bruise and pain but it's gone. Now I touch & feel a hard lump under skin. Hematoma?

Hit my upper leg on edge of table very hard a month ago. Had a huge bruise and pain but it's gone. Now I touch & feel a hard lump under skin. Hematoma?

WeAllTakeOurLumps: Yes, it could be what remains of a hematoma under the skin. That lump could be there for a few months but the body absorbs most or all of it. Nothing dangerous. Sometimes some scar remains forever but shouldn't be a problem unless you can see it and it bothers you. But, if it starts growing or begins to hurt or the skin discolors, get it checked out. ...Read more

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Last week I felt a lump pop under my skin on my calf and a day later I had a huge bruise. I can still feel something hard in the same spot. Serious?

Last week I felt a lump pop under my skin on my calf and a day later I had a huge bruise. I can still feel something hard in the same spot. Serious?

The lump may have-: -been a cyst of some sort. With the rupture there is bleeding, hence the bruise. If a clot is formed it can be due to fibrous remains of the initial bleed. ...Read more

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I fell hard into a pool after jumping off a rock which was quite high and I got a bruise on my arm and lump under the skin of arm?

I fell hard into a pool after jumping off a rock which was quite high and I got a bruise on my arm and lump under the skin of arm?

Probably fine: Your arm apparently took most of the blow as you fell into the water. If the skin is not lacerated and the bone is not broken, this should heal by itself without intervention if the function is normal now. ...Read more

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I had a moderate bruise and now and noticing a hard lump under my skin where the bruise is going away. Should I be concerned that its a blood clot?

I had a moderate bruise and now and noticing a hard lump under my skin where the bruise is going away. Should I be concerned that its a blood clot?

It is but it isn't: 'blood clots' that are dangerous are those within blood vessels; these can travel thru the bloodstream and block blood flow. Blood is supposed to clot outside blood vessels--that actually stops bleeding after trauma, such as your black-and-blue mark. Your hard spot is blood outside any blood vessel and is harmless; your body will absorb this slowly over the next few weeks. ...Read more

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My boyfriend gave me a hickey on my neck about a week ago and there is now a large, hard lump beneath the bruised skin. It hurts to touch. What is it?

My boyfriend gave me a hickey on my neck about a week ago and there is now a large, hard lump beneath the bruised skin. It hurts to touch. What is it?

Hickey: A hickey is a discolored area on the skin that results when small blood vessels break under the skin, causing a type of bruise (purpura). The appearance will normally change in appearance and color over time. Small red dots (petechiae) may also appear. These types of injuries rarely scar, but may stay discolored for a fair amount of time. Cold compresses and Motrin or Tylenol (acetaminophen) can help pain. ...Read more

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My son came to me with a hard lump on top of his head. Hard. Size of small bouncy ball cut in half. No recent trauma he recalls. No pain. No redness or bruising. Neuro appears WNL.

My son came to me with a hard lump on top of his head. Hard. Size of small bouncy ball cut in half. No recent trauma he recalls. No pain. No redness or bruising. Neuro appears WNL.

Cyst?: A dermatologist to see this lesion because it is so atypical to have a lesion of some size suddenly on the head of young person without preceding trauma or other occurrences. Was there a bite? Was there minor trauma which could be a organizing hematoma? See your dermatologist a soon as possible! ...Read more

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Son has a hard lump, size of half a golf ball under his skin on the right side of his r foot. Any idea what it could be? No pain/bruising and he's 1 yo

Son has a hard lump, size of half a golf ball under his skin on the right side of his r foot. Any idea what it could be? No pain/bruising and he's 1 yo

Could be: It could be a ganglion but I've never seen it in a 1 year old. I would get an x-ray. Was he born with this or did it just pop up overnight? ...Read more

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I have a solid hard lump in my left breast with redness on the skin. Looks abit bruised. It hurts when I touch it too?

Get it checked: This is something you don't want to mess around with. Even though you are only 20, you need to be sure it isn't cancer. Perhaps you were injured - do you remember getting hit in that area? Nevertheless, go see a doctor. ...Read more

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I hit my shin hard resulted in a small gash and huge bruise. Day 7 hurts only if touched (pain 10+ for 3 mins), still small lump, skin numb, walk fine.

I hit my shin hard resulted in a small gash and huge bruise. Day 7 hurts only if touched (pain 10+ for 3 mins), still small lump, skin numb, walk fine.

Keep it up: Sounds like a hematoma and a heeling cut. Rest, ice, compress, elevate. If it hurts that bad you may want to post pictures or see a doctor to determine if it is infected or needs X rays. ...Read more

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Hard lump on top of head, not an ingrown hair or lymph nodes. Hurts like a bad bruise, had for 2+ yrs chronic migraines/motion sick, unsure if related?

Hard lump on top of head, not an ingrown hair or lymph nodes. Hurts like a bad bruise, had for 2+ yrs chronic migraines/motion sick, unsure if related?

Follow up needed: Hard lump on top of head could be a cyst, you need to have io looked at by a Physician. Specially if it is causing you pain. It is not related to the migraine headaches. ...Read more

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Bruise led to red hard lump its slightly swollen skin is tight seems warm to the touch it hurts when standing on the leg where it's located help?

Bruise led to red hard lump its slightly swollen skin is tight seems warm to the touch it hurts when standing on the leg where it's located help?

Hematoma: Bruises could form collection of blood underneath skin surface, may cause pain. Usually self limited, warm compresses may help. If does not reduce in a weeks time, seek medical advice ...Read more

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I had two teeth pulled. The roof of my mouth has a hard painful lump, bruised, skin is pail and peeling of the pallet. Sharp pains and very raw.?

I had two teeth pulled. The roof of my mouth has a hard painful lump, bruised, skin is pail and peeling of the pallet. Sharp pains and very raw.?

Return: Return to the Dentist or specialist Oral Surgeon who removed your teeth for a post surgical evaluation. The tissue around the teeth was compromised by the damaged teeth, then a surgical procedure was done to remove them. Expect healing to take some time. But do return to the practitioner who treated you for a post-surgical evaluation. ...Read more

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I have a hard tender lump under skin on forearm should I be worried. Just appeared over night?

I have a hard tender lump under skin on forearm should I be worried. Just appeared over night?

Boil?: This is one of those "almost have to see it to tell what it is" things. If it is tender, it could be a boil--localized staph infection. They are usually red, tender and can come up rather suddenly. It may need an antibiotic or lancing if it worsens. If you get expanding redness, streaks up your arm or run a fever, you need to be seen urgently. ...Read more

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I have a hard lump that doesn't move and isn't attached to my skin underneath on back of neck. Also a little tender. What can it be?

Lymphnode?: Could be a lymph node that is working as it should. However, if this does not go away in two weeks then you will need to be examined. ...Read more

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I have a hard non moveable lump on left side back of head its been there a year and changes size sometimes its tender to touch should I worry?

I have a hard non moveable lump on left side back of head its been there a year and changes size sometimes its tender to touch should I worry?

See primary care MD: It may be an occipital lymph node draining the scalp. These will enlarge with infections of the scalp usually. It is best to see your primary care physician to determine its significance.
Some lymph node swelling can be serious. ...Read more

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I just noticed a small (pea sized) spherical hard and tender lump near my scapula under the skin. Should I be worried? What should I do?

Tender: Tender lumps are the Skinner usually skin abscess or infected cyst. See if position face-to-face in the next couple days for diagnosis and treatment specific you ...Read more

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Hard lump on my head, been there for a month, skin moves freely over it, about the size of a v.Small grape. No pain, not tender, unmovable.

Hard lump on my head, been there for a month, skin moves freely over it, about the size of a v.Small grape. No pain, not tender, unmovable.

Likely a lymph node: There are a number of lymph nodes scattered around the back of the head and neck where they are easily found. At rest they may be the size of a pea and when stimulated they are often bean sized or larger. Size often changes over weeks ; often reflects bug bits, skin rashes or throat irritation, it is not likely related to headaches, nausea or dizziness. Your doc can confirm this. ...Read more

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I have a new hard painful lump where my xyphoid process is. I am thin so you can see the lump under my skin. It feels like bone and is tender. Why?

I have a new hard painful lump where my xyphoid process is. I am thin so you can see the lump under my skin. It feels like bone and is tender. Why?

It may be: Your xyphoid process! If it is where your xyphoid is, and it is hard and tender, that is probably what it is. In my 20 yrs as a Dr, I have seen a handful of people in my office with the exact same history. 100% of them had a tender! Pronounced (large) xyphoid. They were all thin, is it made their xyphoids very prominent. But I would see your Dr to be sure. ...Read more

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Quarter-sized lump on inside of thigh, surface is smooth, shiny, light purple. It's hard, goes quite deep under skin. Slightly tender. No drainage.

Cyst: This may be a sebaceous cyst if it is the only time you have had this. Many people can get multiple of these in the same area over the years. I would not recommend trying to squeeze it because it will make it worse. Apply warm compressses for 10 min twice a day. If very sore see your md for antibiotics that will improve the symptoms even though it is not a true infections. ...Read more

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Two hardened lumps under my skin in the groin area one closer to anus other closer to vaginal area. Both tender and if sqeezed feel hard masses that?

Two hardened lumps under my skin in the groin area one closer to anus other closer to vaginal area. Both tender and if sqeezed feel hard masses that?

HARDENED LUMPS GROIN: HAVE YOUR PCP LOOK AT IT.
I DO NOT KNOW HOW LONG THESE HAVE BEEN WITH YOU?
A DERMATOLOGIST MAY BE OF SOME HELP.
DO NOT WAIT. . . ...Read more

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Large hard lump under chin nopain zit like don't pop tender skin underneath?

Large hard lump under chin nopain zit like don't pop tender skin underneath?

See your doctor.: This could be an enlarged lymph node or a cyst. Your doctor should be able to tell you and recommend the proper treatment (or observation). ...Read more

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Recurring underarm lump. It bleeds and turns dark blue after few days. It ruptured 2 days ago amd is not forming hard skin. Still tender and open.

Recurring underarm lump. It bleeds and turns dark blue after few days. It ruptured 2 days ago amd is not forming hard skin. Still tender and open.

See doctor: What you described suggest an infected lymph node that ruptured. You should see a doctor for treatment, as it may require prescription antibiotics and/or surgery. ...Read more

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