Skin lumps and bumps are common and can appear anywhere on your body. Thankfully, most are harmless or easily treated. If you see new lumps or bumps on your skin, they may resemble one of these common skin conditions:
- Lipomas: These small collections of fat cells are almost always harmless. If you notice a small, soft lump under your skin, it may be one of these common growths. Lipomas don’t usually require treatment.
- Cherry Angiomas: Common in people over 40, these small red bumps are completely benign. Unless you find them unsightly, there’s no need to remove them.
- Epidermoid Cysts: These bumps result from a damaged hair follicle and usually appear on the chest, back, or genitals. Since they’re prone to infection, you should see a doctor if you have an epidermoid cyst that hurts or looks inflamed.
- Keratosis Pilaris: Caused by the protein keratin, keratosis pilaris is harmless and extremely common, especially in children and teenagers. These small, light-colored bumps may itch, but don’t scratch them! They’ll go away faster if you leave them alone.
Do you have a lump or bump that concerns you or doesn’t appear to be any of the above conditions? If it’s hurting, changing color, or growing, contact your local FastMed Urgent Care facility. We’ll examine the lumps and bumps on your skin and point you to the most effective treatments.