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Doctor insights on: Painless Nodule Or Lump Underneath The Skin

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Nodule (Definition)

Any growth or deposit in the body or on its surface may be casually termed a nodule until its character is determined by the familiarity of the physician with it or by the results of a biopsy if it is not so obvious. The term is casual ...Read more


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Hard painful under the skin lumps in armpit! cancer?

Dr. Liawaty Ho Dr. Ho
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Hard painful under the skin lumps in armpit! cancer?

Have it examined: Most likely it is either infection of the sweat glands or inflammation of the lymph gland. See your md and have it examined and treated. Antibiotic may likely be needed. Good luck. ...Read more

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Sore knot or lump underneath skin on top of the forearm?

Abscess vs cyst vs ?: Lipoma is benign lump of soft tissue under skin that doesn't hurt. Cyst is a collection of fluid or oil that shouldn't hurt unless it gets infected. Abscess is a collection of pus that can be quite painful. Hair follicle could get infected & swollen. Best to go see your family doc for evaluation, diagnosis & treatment. ...Read more

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Have a hard umoveable pea sized nodule under skin an inch above jawline near the ear. What could it be? It's painless.

Sounds concerning: Agree that it needs to be evaluated and possibly biopsied by your doctor or specialist.A description of unmovable is concerning for malignancy. Good luck ...Read more

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Presacral ultrasound shows "thickening/edema of subcutaneous fatty tissue". PAINFUL and hard lump under the skin and can be felt. Surgical removal?

Presacral ultrasound shows "thickening/edema of subcutaneous fatty tissue". PAINFUL and hard lump under the skin and can be felt. Surgical removal?

U/S is non specific: You need diagnosis. More history. The U/S adds a little but not enough. MRI would also add info, but again may not be enough. MRI would be most sensitive in seeing borders and might give useful info for a surgeon, for ex. vascularity. Only surgeons can decide on incisional bx. vs. excision. Hacking around is cheapest, but for me (a radiologist) MRI is good to avoid surprises and safe to do. ...Read more

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A small lump under the skin that moves. Is that cancer?

A small lump under the skin that moves. Is that cancer?

May not be: But has to see your doctor to make sure it is not skin cancer. ...Read more

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Is neurofibroma moved like lipoma under the skin ?

Is neurofibroma moved like lipoma  under the skin ?

Yes: Neurofibromas can be removed like lipoma however post- excision a regional loss of sensation and numbness might be noted. This is due to the fact that neurofibroma is a nerve sheath tumor ( benign). ...Read more

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Is a lump that moves under skin, cancer?

Is a lump that moves under skin, cancer?

Not always: There are several types of soft tissue masses. Best to get it evaluated by your physician. Most are easily treatable if caught in early stages. ...Read more

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Tender bump in the crease behind ear lobe, no head. Cyst or boil? Seems to be just under skin surface.

Tender bump in the crease behind ear lobe, no head. Cyst or boil?   Seems to be just under skin surface.

Lymph node?: A lymph node resides in this area synonymous with mononucleosis (mono / kissing disease ) If you are having other symptoms you need to be evaluated, and possibly for lymphoma given your age and other neck pains. ...Read more

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Can skin tag removed ( burnt) from the eye lid be cause of the palpable supraclavicular lymph node ? Is it soft movable not painful.

Likely unrelated: Burning the skin tag on the eye lid and enlarged supraclavicular lymph node are not likely to be related. It would be prudent to see a doctor as evaluation of a supraclavicular node is not an easy undertaking and is not a do it yourself issue. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk prodFor good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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Small, hard, pea sized bump on forehead since 2 weeks. Not painful, itchy or bleeding. Under surface of skin and has purple hue. Cancer?!

Watch for size chang: It can one of several different things. Most such things are pimples and will settle down in 2-3 weeks but watch its size and look for color changes. If it grows in size over the next 2-3 weeks, it should be shown to a doctor(PCP or dermatologist). You need to make sure it is not melanoma which case it will like increase in size in 2-4 weeks. ...Read more

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Have painful black spot on my skin. not bulgy or bumpy, the just skin darkens sometimes lentil size and the area becomes painful. Appears disappears?

Have painful black spot on my skin. not bulgy or bumpy, the just  skin darkens sometimes lentil size and the area becomes painful. Appears disappears?

Don't want to guess.: Recommend annual head to toe dermatologic evaluation. This might might be a good time for total once over & to have these lesions assessed. Take care. ...Read more

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Small lump in the front of earlobe, painless, look like cartilage thing when touch, no inflammation, skin is moving over it , hard? male 22

Small lump in the front of earlobe, painless, look like cartilage thing when touch, no inflammation, skin is moving over it , hard? male 22

Embryonic variant: These are actually quite common. Painless, hard and small lumps in front of the earlobe. Commonly either a cyst or cartilage material. Usually it is something that you are born with but shows up later in life. To be safe, have it seen by a doc, preferably an ENT specialist. They can remove it if there are any concerns. Best ! ...Read more

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What is a small pea size lump,under the skin on the forehead, painless?

Many things: most likely a cyst or lipoma. please see your doctor for a visual evaluation. ...Read more

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Is it possible that my pilonidal cyst is just a collection of hair and skin debris causing a solid movable lump under the skin by the tailbone?

Is it possible that my pilonidal cyst is just a collection of hair and skin debris causing a solid movable lump under the skin by the tailbone?

Yes: That is possible, but it should be examined. A chronic infection with intermittent drainage is common, and managing it before it becomes a worse infection is desireable, although not always possible. See a general surgeon for a consultation, and ask if they have experience with pilonidal cyst treatment. Hope this helps! ...Read more