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

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Dr. Alvin Lin
Internal Medicine - Geriatrics

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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