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What Is a Skin Lump? Symptoms, Causes, Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention

Many skin lumps won’t go away on their own and require treatment. Often, however, the lump is not dangerous and it can be left alone if not bothersome. Here’s a look at the treatment for some of the more common causes of skin lumps:

Skin Tag Skin tags are benign, and they do not need to be removed. However, if a skin tag is removed, it may be taken off using one of three methods: snip excision, cautery, or cryosurgery. (3) (Cryosurgery is when your doctor will use a cold liquid, like liquid nitrogen, to freeze the skin tag, says the National Cancer Institute.) (11) It’s important to know that you should not try to remove a skin tag on your own, as they can bleed when taken off.

Cyst To get rid of a cyst, you will need it removed, says Hartman. But first: Do not take matters into your own hands. “I tell people not to pop them. Squeezing it may press out keratin, but that does not get rid of the problem, and may make it worse by causing more inflammation,” she says. The wall, or lining, of the cyst needs to come out, too, which your doctor can do by cutting out the cyst. They won’t do this until inflammation has subsided. Oral antibiotics may be prescribed to reduce inflammation. Cysts can also be drained as a temporary solution; doctors can also give a cyst a steroid injection to help calm it.

Wart It may take quite a while (potentially years), but your wart will eventually disappear without treatment. (4) At home, you can use an over-the-counter wart removal kit. At the doctor’s office, you may get a wart frozen off with liquid nitrogen.

Dermatofibroma These are benign, but surgical removal is an option, according to StatPearls. (12) There is a rare skin cancer called a dermatofibrosarcoma, which develops in connective tissue in the dermal layer of skin and grows slowly, according to the Mayo Clinic. (13) Treating this type of skin cancer requires surgery, though radiation or targeted therapy drugs may also be used.

Lipoma If a patient has a lot of lipomas, doctors usually recommend not removing them, says Hartman. However, if the lipoma is large, growing, or bothersome, a doctor will cut out the lipoma. The minor procedure requires an injection to numb the area, but takes just 30 minutes, she says.

Enlarged Lymph Node You don’t need to treat an enlarged lymph node itself, but you’d treat the underlying cause. If lymph nodes are enlarged because you are sick with a viral infection like a cold, they should go back to their normal size once you recover, says Hartman. That said, if you find an enlarged lymph node that’s 1 centimeter (cm) or less, it’s soft, and you can move it around, that’s less concerning. Doctors may take a wait-and-see approach, and follow up to make sure it’s gone down, says Seminario-Vidal.

If you are diagnosed with lymphoma, then you will be treated appropriately for cancer, which may include chemotherapy, radiation, targeted drugs, and bone marrow transplant. (1)

Integrative and Complementary Approaches 

For many lumps, there is not much you can do at home. However, using a warm compress on a cyst that is red and angry can lessen inflammation to ease soreness, says Hartman.

When it comes to warts, there have been many alternative treatments suggested, some mainstream (duct tape), while others are more radical (distance healers that channel energy into the wart). None of the homeopathic remedies have been proven effective, notes data from InformedHealth.org. (14)

How to spot mouth cancer

Beating mouth cancer is so dependent on diagnosing it at an early stage.

If it is caught early, the chances of surviving mouth cancer are nine out of ten – those odds are pretty good, and that’s why early detection is so important.

Sadly, far too many mouth cancers are not spotted early enough.

Mouth Cancer Action Month promotes the message ‘If in doubt, get checked out’. We encourage everybody to be mouthaware and pay more attention to what’s going on inside the mouth. Most importantly, if you notice anything out of the ordinary, it is essential that you tell your dentist or doctor immediately.

Checking for mouth cancer

As mouth cancer can strike in a number of places, including the lips, tongue, gums and cheeks, and given that early detection is so crucial for survival, it’s extremely important that we all know what to look out for.

Three signs and symptoms not to ignore are:

  • Red and white patches in the mouth.
  • Unusual lumps or swellings in the mouth or head and neck area.

When checking for signs of mouth cancer you should follow the following routine:

Head and neck

Check if both sides look the same and search for any lumps, bumps or swellings that are only on one side of the face. Feel and press along the sides and front of your neck being alert to any tenderness or lumps to the touch.


Pull down your lower lip and look inside for any sores or changes in colour. Use your thumb and forefinger to feel the lip for any unusual lumps, bumps or changes in texture. Repeat this on the upper lip.


Use your finger to pull out your cheek so that they can see inside. Look for red, white or dark patches.

Then place your index finger inside your cheek, with your opposing thumb on the outside gently squeeze and roll the cheek to check for any lumps, tenderness or ulcers, repeat this action on the other cheek.

Roof of the mouth

With your head tilted back and mouth open wide, your dentist will look to see if there are any lumps or if there is any change in colour. They will run their finger on the roof of your mouth to feel for any lumps.


Examine your tongue, looking at the surface for any changes in colour or texture.

Stick out your tongue or move it from one side to another, again looking for any swelling, change in colour or ulcers. Finally, take a look at the underside of the tongue by placing the tip of your tongue on the roof of your mouth.

Floor of the mouth

Look at the floor of the mouth for changes in colour that are different than normal. Press your finger along the floor of your mouth and underside of your tongue to feel for any unusual lumps, swellings or ulcers.

If you find anything unusual in any of these areas, or are unsure of anything, visit your dentist or doctor as soon as possible.


How can mouth cancer be detected early?

Mouth cancer can often be spotted in its early stages by your dentist during a thorough mouth examination. This happens during your routine dental check-up.

In the below video, Oral Health Foundation Trustee, Dr Ben Atkins, talks through what to expect from a visual mouth cancer check.

Useful links:

Mouth Cancer Action Month is sponsored by Simplyhealth Professionals and in association with the Mouth Cancer Foundation.

We are proud and delighted to be working alongside both our partners. Their commitment and passion for raising awareness of mouth cancer is vital to the success of our campaign. 




Gavin Hawes

Cysts, Lumps and Bumps: Causes, Symptoms, Treatments

There are a number of skin conditions that cause lumps and bumps to appear on the surface or just below the skin. This article covers some of the most common ones, and includes the following:

Skin Cysts

Cysts are noncancerous, closed pockets of tissue that can be filled with fluid, pus, or other material.

Cysts are common on the skin and can appear anywhere. They feel like large peas under the surface of the skin. Cysts can develop as a result of infection, clogging of sebaceous glands (oil glands), or around foreign bodies, such as earrings.

What Are the Symptoms of Skin Cysts?

Skin or epidermoid cysts usually are:

  • Slow-growing
  • Painless
  • Smooth to the touch when they are rolled under the skin

How Are Skin Cysts Treated?

Cysts usually do not cause pain unless they rupture or become infected or inflamed. Most cysts do not disappear on their own without treatment. Some cysts may need to be drained to relieve symptoms. That involves piercing the cyst with a scalpel and draining it. That doesn’t cure the cyst, however. Some inflamed cysts can be treated with an injection of cortisone medication to cause it to shrink. Cysts that do not respond to other treatments or reoccur can be removed surgically if they cause troublesome symptoms.

Cherry Angioma and Your Skin

A cherry angioma is a smooth, cherry-red bump on the skin. The size of the growths can vary from the size of a pinhead to about a quarter inch in diameter.

Although cherry angiomas usually appear on the trunk of the body, they can occur nearly anywhere.

The cause of cherry angiomas is not known.

The growths usually appear on people over age 40. In children, these lesions are called port-wine stains.

What Are the Symptoms of Cherry Angiomas?

Cherry angiomas have no symptoms.

How Is a Cherry Angioma Treated?

In most cases, cherry angiomas do not require treatment. If they are cosmetically unappealing or are subject to bleeding, angiomas may be removed by lasers, shave biopsy, or electrocautery — the process of burning or destroying tissue by use of a small probe with an electric current running through it. Removal may cause scarring. Learn more about red birthmarks and your skin.

Dermatofibromas and Your Skin

Dermatofibromas are harmless round, red-brownish skin growths that are most commonly found on the arms and legs of adults. Dermatofibromas contains scar tissue and feel like hard lumps in the skin.

Sometimes dermatofibromas appear after injury, like a bug bite or after bumping your arm or leg.

What Are the Symptoms of Dermatofibromas?

The symptoms of dermatofibromas include:

  • A red, brown, or purple growth that can change colors over time
  • A growth that is as small as a BB pellet
  • Tenderness, pain, and itching; however, growths are usually painless
  • A dimple that appears when the growth is pinched

How Are Dermatofibromas Treated?

In most cases, there is no need to treat dermatofibromas. However, the growths can be removed surgically or can be flattened by being frozen with liquid nitrogen. See a photo of what a dermatofibroma looks like.

Epidermoid Cysts and Your Skin

Epidermoid cysts, also called sebaceous cysts or skin cysts, are benign (non-cancerous) skin cysts formed by an outpouching from the hair follicle. Most commonly, epidermoid cysts are found on the genitals, chest, and back; but, they also can occur in other areas of the skin.

What Are the Symptoms of Epidermoid Cysts?

In general, epidermoid or skin cysts have a round appearance. A dark portion of the cyst is visible on the skin. If the cysts become infected, they will become red and tender. When the cysts are squeezed, they can produce a cheesy white discharge.

How Are Epidermoid Cysts Treated?

The effective treatment of epidermoid cysts requires that the sac of the cyst be completely removed. If the cyst is squeezed and the discharge is forced out without removing the sac, the cyst will return. Usually, a doctor will be able to remove the cyst by making only a small incision in the skin. Antibiotics may be prescribed to treat infected cysts and intralesional steroid injections help with swelling and inflammation. Learn more about skin cysts.

Folliculitis and Your Skin

Folliculitis is an inflammation of the hair follicles. It can be caused by an infection in the hair follicles, by chemical irritation or by physical irritation (for example, shaving or friction from clothing). Typical body sites that are involved in folliculitis include the face, thighs, and scalp.

Folliculitis is more common in people who have diabetes. It also is more common in people who are obese or have compromised immune systems.

What Are the Symptoms of Folliculitis?

The main lesion in folliculitis is a papule or pustule with a central hair. The hair shaft in the middle of the lesion may not be seen.

Other signs and symptoms include:

  • Multiple red pimples and/or pustules on hair-bearing areas of the body
  • Itching skin

How Is Folliculitis Treated?

Topical antibiotics, oral antibiotics, or antifungal drugs may be used to treat infections associated with folliculitis, depending on the underlying cause. Treatment also involves preventing further damage to the hair follicles. Steps that can help achieve this goal include:

  • Minimizing friction from clothing
  • Not shaving in the affected area, if possible. If shaving is necessary, use a clean new razor blade or an electric razor each time. Also moisturize the hair before shaving, and shave in the direction of the growth of the hair
  • Keeping the area clean

See a photo of what folliculitis looks like.

Keratoacanthoma and Your Skin

A keratoancanthoma occurs when cells in a hair follicle do not grow normally. The growth may be triggered by a minor skin injury in an area that previously had suffered sun damage. Ultraviolet radiation from sun exposure is the biggest risk factor in keratoacanthomas.

A keratoacanthoma usually will appear on sun-damaged skin as a thick growth that has a central crusted plug.

Keratoacanthomas appear most often in people who are over the age of 60 and they are considered a low-grade skin cancer.

What Are the Symptoms of a Keratoacanthoma?

Keratoacanthomas are rapidly growing, red, dome-shaped bumps with central craters. Some keratoacanthomas can grow to extremely large sizes, occasionally 1 to 3 inches in diameter.

How Are Keratoacanthomas Treated?

Keratoacanthomas can be removed by:

  • Cryotherapy (freezing the growth with liquid nitrogen)
  • Curettage (scraping and burning off the growth)
  • Surgical removal
  • Injection of a cancer drug directly into the lesion

Learn more about keratoacanthomas.

Keratosis Pilaris and Your Skin

Keratosis pilaris (commonly called KP) appears as “chicken skin bumps” on the skin. These bumps usually appear on the upper arms and thighs. They also can appear on the cheeks, back, and buttocks. Keratosis pilaris, while unattractive, is harmless.

What Are the Symptoms of Keratosis Pilaris?

This disorder appears as small, rough bumps. The bumps are usually white or red, but do not itch or hurt. Keratosis pilaris is usually worse during the winter months or other times of low humidity when skin becomes dry. It also may worsen during pregnancy or after childbirth.

How Is Keratosis Pilaris Treated?

Although the condition may remain for years, it gradually improves before age 30 in most cases. Treatment of keratosis pilaris is not medically necessary; but, individuals with this condition may want to seek treatment for cosmetic reasons.

The initial treatment of keratosis pilaris should be intensive moisturizing. A cream such as AmLactin or Lac-Hydrin can be applied after bathing, and then re-applied several times a day. Other treatments may include:

  • Medicated creams containing urea (Carmol-20) or alpha-hydroxy acids (Aqua Glycolic, Lacticare) applied twice daily
  • Efforts to unplug pores by taking long, hot soaking tub baths and then rubbing and exfoliating the areas with a coarse washcloth or stiff brush

Learn more about keratosis pilaris.

Lipomas and Your Skin

Lipomas are subcutaneous soft tissue tumors that usually are slow-growing and are harmless. They have a soft, rubbery consistency. Lipomas tend to form on the trunk, shoulders, neck, but can appear elsewhere on the body.

What Are the Symptoms of Lipomas?

Lipomas can appear as solitary nodules or in groups. Most lipomas are less than 5 cm in diameter and have no symptoms, but they can cause pain when they compress nerves.

How Are Lipomas Treated?

Lipomas are not removed unless there is a cosmetic concern, a compression of surrounding structures, or an uncertain diagnosis. Lipomas generally do not infiltrate into surrounding tissue so they can be removed easily by excision.

There are alternatives to standard excision. One is to manually squeeze the lipoma through a small incision. This technique is useful in areas with thin dermis, such as the face and extremities. Liposuction-assisted lipectomy also can be used to remove large lipomas with minimal scarring. Lipotherapy is another option. In this, a fat dissolving drug called deoxycholic acid (Kybella) is injected directly into the lipoma, leaving no scarring. Learn more about lipomas.

Neurofibromas and Your Skin

Neurofibromas are soft, fleshy growths that occur on or under the skin, sometimes even deep within the body. These are harmless tumors; however, they can turn malignant or cancerous in rare cases.

What Are the Symptoms of Neurofibromas?

The symptoms of neurofibromas may vary, depending on the locations and the sizes of the tumors. Symptoms can include:

  • A painless, slow-growing mass
  • Occasional pain
  • Electric-like “shock” when the affected area is touched
  • Neurological problems if the tumor involves a major motor or sensory nerve or a nerve that is compressed between the tumor and a hard structure

How Are Neurofibromas Treated?

If the tumor is not causing any symptoms, no treatment is necessary. However, doctors may choose to surgically remove the neurofibroma if it is affecting a major nerve. In most cases, neurofibromas are treated successfully and do not recur. See a photo of what neurofibromas looks like.

Hard lump under the skin: Causes and pictures

Causes of a hard lump under the skin can include:


A cyst is a closed pocket of tissue that contains fluid or debris. Cysts can form anywhere on the body. Their texture varies depending on the material that has become trapped inside the pocket.

A cyst can develop due to a clogged oil gland or hair follicle. Cysts feel like soft blisters when they are close to the skin’s surface, but they can feel like hard lumps when they develop deeper beneath the skin.

A hard cyst near to the surface of the skin usually contains trapped dead skin cells or proteins. Types of cyst include:

Cysts rarely require treatment, and they will often stop growing and then disappear on their own. In some cases, a blackhead can develop near the center of a cyst. When this happens, a cyst may burst open, releasing white or yellow discharge.

An infected cyst that is red, swollen, or painful may require medical treatment, such as:

  • antibiotics
  • needle aspiration
  • corticosteroid injections
  • a surgical procedure to remove the cyst


Dermatofibromas are hard brown or red lumps under the skin. They usually develop on exposed areas of skin, such as the legs, arms, and back. Dermatofibromas do not develop into cancer.

In general, people who have dermatofibromas do not experience other symptoms. However, in some cases, the dermatofibroma may feel itchy, irritated, or tender to the touch.

Dermatofibromas develop when excess cells collect in the thickest layer of the skin, which is called the dermis.

The exact cause of dermatofibromas remains unclear, but potential causes include:

  • trauma or injury to the skin
  • insect or spider bites
  • splinters

Dermatofibromas do not generally require treatment, but they tend to stay on the skin for the rest of the person’s life.

People can ask a doctor to remove a dermatofibroma surgically if it is unsightly or in a bothersome area.

The other treatment options will only remove part of the dermatofibroma. They include:

  • freezing it with liquid nitrogen
  • corticosteroid injections
  • shaving off the top layers of the growth
  • removing its center

Swollen lymph node

Lymph nodes are small glands that filter harmful substances from lymph fluid, which is the clear liquid that travels through lymphatic vessels.

These small, bean-shaped glands are an essential component of the immune system. They produce and store white blood cells that destroy disease-causing pathogens and waste.

Sometimes, lymph nodes swell in response to bacterial or viral infections. They may feel hard and painful.

Swollen lymph nodes usually occur in the head, neck, armpits, or groin.

Several factors can cause swollen lymph nodes, such as:

  • a cold or another viral infection
  • bacterial infections
  • tooth infections
  • ear infections
  • medical conditions that affect the immune system, such as rheumatoid arthritis or lupus

People who have swollen lymph nodes due to infection are likely to experience other symptoms, such as:

In most cases, swollen lymph nodes will heal on their own without medical treatment. If they do not, the focus of treatment should be to address the underlying cause, which is usually an infection.

A swollen lymph node that feels hard, rubbery, or immovable may indicate a more serious medical condition.

Certain cancers, such as lymphoma, leukemia, and breast cancer, can affect the lymph nodes. Anyone concerned about swollen lymph nodes should speak to a doctor.


A lipoma is a benign tumor comprising fatty tissue. These noncancerous lumps develop just below the skin, and they appear pale or colorless. Lipomas usually feel soft and easily moveable.

In general, lipomas do not cause symptoms. However, a lipoma that involves multiple blood vessels or nerves may feel tender or painful.

The exact cause of lipomas remains unknown. Some genetic conditions, such as Gardner’s syndrome, can increase a person’s likelihood of developing a lipoma.

Lipomas do not require medical treatment unless they are painful, bothersome, or interfering with a person’s ability to function normally.

Treatment options for lipomas include:

  • liposuction
  • drainage
  • steroid injections
  • surgical excision


A fibroadenoma is a benign breast tumor that consists of fibrous tissues and gland tissues.

According to the American Cancer Society, fibroadenomas most commonly occur in women in their 20s and 30s, though they can happen at any age. Fibroadenomas usually feel firm but movable.

Fibroadenomas can develop as a result of high levels of estrogen. They may grow due to increases in hormone levels during pregnancy. In contrast, fibroadenomas can shrink during menopause.

Fibroadenomas that are not painful or growing will not require medical treatment. However, people should monitor themselves for any changes in the size or appearance of a fibroadenoma.

A doctor may recommend removing a fibroadenoma if:

  • it causes pain
  • the person experiences changes in the shape or appearance of their breast
  • the person has a family history of breast cancer

What Causes Sores and Bumps in the Mouth?

Do you have a sore or bump on the inside of your mouth? If the bump bothers you, is painful, or you don’t know its cause, take a look at potential oral issues and what you can do about them.

These small-sized ulcers can appear anywhere inside your mouth. The typical sites include the inside of the cheeks and lips, gums, or roof of the mouth.

Canker sores range in size and in the discomfort they cause. Some sores (minor canker sores) are small and cause relatively little discomfort, while the major type of this sore is often deep and seriously painful. The size, depth, and placement of the canker sore can all influence how much pain you’re in.

Some dental patients also develop
herpetiform canker sores. These occur in clusters up to 10 and typically heal within a week or two. Most minor canker sores heal within a few weeks on their own. Major sores can take up to six weeks to completely heal.

Even though canker sores can cause pain, you still need to maintain proper oral hygiene. If it hurts to brush or floss, talk to the dentist about ways to accommodate your oral issue. You may need to temporarily discontinue irritating alcohol-based mouthwashes or switch to a smaller/softer toothbrush.

Mucoceles are fluid-filled mucous cysts that form in the mouth or on the lips. These cysts are often painless and form when mucous clogs salivary glands due to injury. Trauma from accidentally biting your cheek or lip or even poor dental hygiene practices can result in these cysts.

Symptoms of
mucoceles often include raised swelling (a bump), softness in the area, tenderness, or a bluish/whitish color.

While these cysts are sometimes painless, they still require professional attention. The dentist will evaluate the
mucocele and determine what to do next. It’s possible for the cyst to heal on its own, without medical intervention. Some
mucoceles may require laser therapy,
cryotherapy (freezing), or corticosteroid injections.

The human papilloma virus (HPV) can cause small-sized lesions or bumps in the mouth. These bumps often have a cauliflower-like appearance and grow slowly. Even though HPV can cause cancer, the presence of a bump doesn’t necessarily indicate the disease. Always have a dental or other medical professional evaluate potential squamous papilloma lesions.

Did you bite your cheek or your tongue? A bite, burn, scratch or other injury from your own teeth, food, or an object can cause a trauma-related bump.

This type of bump varies in size, shape, appearance, and pain level. The more serious the trauma, the more likely
you’llthat you’ll feel a larger bump or have increased discomfort. While most minor mouth injuries resolve on their own, infection and other oral issues can complicate this problem.

If you have a mouth injury and excessive pain, bleeding that won’t stop, fever, increased swelling, or a bad taste/odor in your mouth, contact the dentist as soon as possible. It’s possible the injury is infected or you may require additional treatment (beyond at-home care, such as ice packs or over the counter pain medication).

These bony growths occur on the roof of the mouth and come in several different possible shapes. While some dental patients experience rounder bumps, these growths can also feel flat or happen in clusters.

Even though a single cause
hasn’t been identified, genetics, diet, teeth grinding, or increased bone density may play roles in the development of torus
palatinus. In most cases, treatment isn’t necessary. But if you aren’t sure whether you have this issue or the bump interferes with your ability to speak, eat, or care for your teeth, talk to your dentist about treatment options.

Do you have a bump or sore in your mouth? Contact
Rabel Family Dentistry for more information.

What A Lump On The Jawline Could Indicate

What Causes a Lump on the Jawline?

A bump, mass, or swollen area along the jawline might cause a fright. However, the lump could indicate many harmless or easily treatable conditions — from something as simple as an insect sting to as common as a swollen lymph node. Tumors — both cancerous and benign — are rarer but should always be ruled out by a medical provider. Check out these common causes for jawline lumps:

Abscessed Tooth

A severely abscessed tooth usually develops from an untreated cavity. The harmful bacteria reach the blood vessels and nerves in the tooth’s inner chamber to infect the pulp canal system. A tooth fracture, severe trauma, or problems with the existing root canal can also lead to an abscessed tooth. The abscess can cause significant swelling, forming a lump along your jawline. The onset of the swelling is usually rapid and severely painful.

Treatment: Make an appointment with your dentist immediately to examine the tooth. Treatment usually requires extraction or a root canal. Your dentist might also drain the area and prescribe antibiotics for the infection.

Swollen Lymph Nodes

A movable lump on your jawbone could indicate a swollen lymph node. A network of lymph nodes helps your immune system protect your body from illnesses. These lymph nodes are located in the head and neck, including under the jaw and chin. When your lymph nodes swell, it usually signals the presence of an infection, such as the cold, flu, ear infection, sinus infection, strep throat, and more. An abscessed tooth can also cause a swollen lymph node. The swollen lymph node can vary in size and might feel tender when you touch it, chew or turn your head.

Treatment: You will need to treat the underlying infection to reduce your lymph node swelling. Your dentist or physician might prescribe an antibiotic or antiviral medication or an over-the-counter (OTC) pain reliever to treat the inflammation. Severe cases might require the lymph nodes to be drained of pus.

Cysts or Benign Tumors

Other non-cancerous growths might also cause a lump to appear along your jawline. Cysts are sacs filled with fluid or other matter, while benign tumors are formed when cells divide at an abnormal rate. These cysts and tumors cannot infect neighboring tissue or spread throughout the body. Though they are generally pain-free to the touch, these cysts and tumors can cause discomfort when they grow and put pressure on nearby structures.

Treatment: Your dental professional or physician will most likely recommend surgical removal, which might include removing nearby teeth, tissue, or jawbone. A pathologist will examine the removed tissue to confirm the tumor is benign or malignant. Depending on the growth’s size and impact, you might also require surgery to reconstruct the jawbone or other parts of the mouth.


Cancerous lumps can also form along the jawbone. Though these cancerous growths are more likely to affect older adults, they can appear at any age. The lumps usually feel hard and are not tender or painful to the touch. Cancer can cause a lump to form near your chin in several ways:

  • By affecting a nearby organ, such as the mouth, throat, thyroid, or salivary glands.
  • By spreading from a different organ to the lymph nodes.
  • Through nonmelanoma skin cancer.
  • Through sarcoma or lymphoma.

Treatment: If you are diagnosed with a cancerous tumor, your physician might recommend chemotherapy, radiation, or surgery to remove the lump. Your health, the type of cancer, and its progress will all inform your treatment plan.

Other Causes

Other causes for a lump on the jawline not indicated above could include:

Glomus Tumor of the Cheek: A Case Report

Glomus tumors are benign, subcutaneous neoplasms of the perivasculature. Though facial location is rare, the diagnosis of a glomus tumor should be considered in cases of undiagnosed painful facial nodules or chronic facial pain. Imaging aids in defining the tumor and planning a complete excision in order to avoid recurrence. Histological examination is mandatory after every attempted excision. A case of glomus tumor of the cheek along with the possible pitfalls of diagnosis and treatment and a brief review of the limited associated literature are presented.

1. Introduction

Glomus tumors are benign neoplasms of the perivasculature accounting for 1-2% of soft tissue tumors [1]. They usually present as painful subcutaneous nodules commonly described in the subungual area of the digits. Though various other locations have been described, glomus tumors of the cheek are rare. In a reported study of 56 extradigital glomus tumors seen in Mayo Clinic over a period of twenty years (1985–2005), the authors found a single case occurring in the cheek [2]. Apart from the classic triad of symptoms described for glomus tumors, pain, localised tenderness, and cold hypersensitivity, the rare occurrence of glomus tumor in the cheek can be the cause of undiagnosed chronic facial pain. We present a case of a glomus tumor of the cheek mentioning the issues we encountered and briefly review the limited available literature for this rare entity.

2. Case Report

A 24-year-old man presented at our clinic with a four-year history of a painful nodule in his left cheek that reoccurred after two attempted excisions in the last four months by different specialists. No biopsy result or other histological information was available. Otherwise healthy, the patient complained of pain and local tenderness. Clinical examination revealed a well-defined, round, firm nodule in the middle of the left cheek, approximately  cm in size that appeared to be subdermic with no apparent fixation to the underlying tissues. The overlying skin was normal and the nodule was extremely painful on palpation. Examination of the oral cavity was normal and no neck lymph nodes could be palpated. Complete head and neck examination and laboratory tests were also unremarkable. Contrast enhanced CT (puffed cheek method) revealed a well-defined, contrast-enhanced, round soft-tissue mass of the left cheek over the buccinator muscle measuring  mm, with no apparent relations to the surrounding tissues (Figure 1). Attached to it a very small satellite lesion was noted. In the operating room under local anesthesia, a relatively wide excision in order to remove both the masses was performed. Though we were not able to demarcate the main and satellite nodules macroscopically, no evidence of residual disease was apparent. Special care was taken regarding the protection of facial nerve branches and the cosmetic result. Histological examination of the specimen was consistent with the diagnosis of glomus tumor of the solid type, with no mention of potential residual disease (Figure 2). The patient reported relief of his symptoms after surgery, but at 2-month followup he complained of gradual recurrence of local tenderness at the site of the excision. Three months later, the patient had a small palpable nodule and complete recurrence of his symptoms. Under local anesthesia, a very wide excision including the previous scar (with approximately 1 cm margin around the scar) was performed. Histological examination revealed glomus tumor with solid, angiomatoid, and angiomyomatous features (Figure 3). The margins of the excision were reported as free of lesion. The patient remains without any symptoms nine months after surgery.

3. Discussion

Glomus tumors are neoplasms of the glomus body, a neuromyoarterial unit found within the reticular dermis that serves as a specialized arteriovenous anastomosis [3]. The arterial end of the glomus body or Sucquet-Hoyer canal is surrounded by modified smooth muscle cells called glomus cells that act to regulate blood flow to the skin in response to temperature changes [3–5]. The normal glomus body was first described by Hoyer in 1877, whereas Masson [6] in 1924 provided the first clinical description of a glomus tumor. Histologically, depending on the predominant component, there are three variants of glomus tumor, namely: (1) solid, with poor vasculature and scant smooth muscle component; (2) angiomatoid (glomangioma), with a predominant vascular component; (3) glomangiomyoma, with prominent vascular and smooth muscle components [7].

Accounting for 1-2% of soft tissue tumors [1], glomus tumors present mostly as solitary masses with a rarer multiple variant [8, 9]. Malignant transformation is extremely rare. Glomus bodies are most highly concentrated in the digits, palms, and soles of the feet [4], and glomus tumors are most commonly described in the upper extremity and especially in the subungual area of the digits. While extradigital glomus tumors are not a rare subgroup of glomus tumors [2] and various locations have been described, facial location and especially in the cheek is rare and only a few cases have been reported in the literature [2, 10–12].

The symptoms and signs of a facial glomus tumor may vary from an asymptomatic (rarely) subcutaneous nodule to excruciating chronic facial pain. The most expected presentation is that of a small, painful, subcutaneous nodule. A long history of consultations by various specialists without a definite diagnosis can be expected. The classic triad of symptoms described for glomus tumors consisting of pain, localised tenderness, and cold hypersensitivity may or may not be present. Overlying skin may or may not be discoloured. Though usually not larger than  cm in size, large facial glomangiomas mimicking venous malformations have been reported [10]. A 4 : 1 male predominance has been reported for extradigital glomus tumors [2].

Magnetic resonance imaging has proven to be the most sensitive imaging modality for the diagnosis of glomus tumors in the extremities [13–15]. Contrast enhanced CT can aid in the differential diagnosis and in delineating the anatomic relations necessary for operative management. Because of their small size and subcutaneous location, glomus tumors are particularly amenable to complete removal thus making surgical excision the treatment of choice. Histological examination is necessary to confirm the diagnosis, and documentation should be provided to the patient. Though excellent results can be anticipated, recurrence rates vary from 12% to 33% [16–19]. As in our case, it is not clear whether recurrence represents inadequate excision or the presence of multiple tumors not detected at initial assessment of the patient. Recurrence within days to weeks of surgery may suggest inadequate excision [18]; in contrast, symptoms 2 to 3 years postoperatively may indicate multiple tumors [13, 17]. On account of the limited associated literature, further data regarding specifically facial glomus tumors are needed.


Copyright © 2012 Konstantinos Veros et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

90,000 How to understand that a lump under the skin looks like a tumor | For patients

Lump under the skin

Hello! I have been a doctor for 21 years. My name is Georgy Olegovich Sapego. In this article, I will talk about suspicious bumps under the skin.

There really is a malignant tumor.

Harmless bumps

If you hit this bump, hit something like that, then most likely nothing terrible will happen.

After bruises, ice is applied to the bumps, an elastic bandage is wound, they do not touch the sore spot and keep it higher.If after all this the lump has decreased, then it is definitely harmless.

Not too scary bumps

  • soft and mobile;
  • they can be easily shifted with your finger;
  • they are usually located just under the skin or in the subcutaneous fat;
  • they enlarge, swell and hurt during exercise, and then fall off again.

Usually cysts. For example, Baker’s cyst under the knee. I have a separate article about her. Or a hygroma. There is also an article about her.You can read the link below.

It can also be an inflamed lymph node. When it is round, smooth, painful and mobile, it is usually not very scary.

When to be examined

Cancer-like bumps are usually large, hard, painless and appear for no reason. These buds grow continuously for weeks and months.

Even if a tumor has grown somewhere under the skin, it is rather benign. Benign soft tissue tumors are 100 times more common than malignant ones.There is a list of signs that require additional examination:

  • cone size is more than 5 cm;
  • painful lump;
  • a pine cone that is growing;
  • Lump of any size, but located deep in the muscle;
  • If the bump has already been removed, but it has grown again.

Worst of all is when the lump is larger than 5 cm, grows very quickly and is located deep in the muscle.

In what places are malignant tumors of soft tissues more common

  • thighs;
  • buttocks;
  • groin;
  • chest;
  • hand;
  • deep in the abdomen;
  • head and neck.

If you notice a suspicious lump, show it to the surgeon.

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Baker’s cyst


Inflamed lymph nodes in the neck

Appearance of palpable painful seals: description of the disease, causes, symptoms, cost of treatment in Moscow

Painful lumps that appear behind the ear or in the nose area not only cause discomfort, but in some cases can be serious.It is categorically not recommended to leave the phenomenon without attention and treatment, since these disorders may turn out to be a malignant neoplasm or a serious abscess.

A lump behind the ear, in the earlobe, or in the nose can appear at any age. Gender, as well as age, does not affect the likelihood of developing pathology. In the event that the seal does not go away within 5 days, and also if it grows rapidly and there are symptoms of general intoxication, such as fever and general weakness, an urgent need to visit a doctor.

For help, you can initially contact an ENT doctor or therapist. After examination, if necessary, the patient will be referred for an appointment with a surgeon or oncologist. In most cases, treatment is carried out by an otolaryngologist.

Reasons for the appearance of

Lumps in the ear or nose can appear for many reasons. It is very important to establish them before starting treatment, as this is a guarantee that further therapy will be as effective as possible.Seals can form for the following reasons:

  1. development of a malignant process in mucosal tissues, soft tissues or lymph node;
  2. inflammation of the lymph node – a painful lump behind the ear in which intoxication of the body appears;
  3. chronic inflammatory ear diseases;
  4. chronic inflammatory diseases of the nasopharynx – nasal lumps appear with prolonged absence of treatment;
  5. blockage of the sebaceous gland, due to which its contents cease to stand out and a seal develops;
  6. fibroma – usually appears as a small ball in the earlobe;
  7. Serious hormonal changes in the body – often cause seals;
  8. overgrowth of the lymphatic tissue of the adenoids – leads to the appearance of indurations and lumps in the nasal cavity;
  9. a sharp decrease in the activity of the immune system;
  10. traumatic injury, after which internal inflammation develops.There is a seal in the earlobe, a ball, a large inflammation behind the ear or in the nose;
  11. Infection when piercing the ear due to insufficient sterility of the instrument – can occur when the earlobe or its upper part is pierced for inserting earrings. In this case, the seal in the earlobe hurts and festers. The skin turns red;
  12. the beginning of the formation of a boil;
  13. foreign body in tissues;
  14. benign neoplasms;
  15. malignant tumors.

It is only the doctor who can determine exactly what caused the problem and how to treat it after examining the patient and, in some cases, additional examination using modern devices and conducting the necessary tests.

Types of seals

Lumps that appear in the tissues behind the ear, in the earlobe or in the nose are divided into several types. Depending on which of them the diagnosed seal belongs to, the necessary therapy is also prescribed.An error at this stage of the diagnosis will be the reason for the ineffectiveness of treatment or even deterioration of the patient’s condition.

  1. Atheroma is a seal that occurs due to blockage of the sebaceous gland and is accompanied by mild pain. Such a seal can appear in any part of the body, but most often it affects the earlobe, the area behind the ear and the skin near the wings of the nose. To the touch, the formation is perceived as a small ball filled with liquid, which overflows if pressed on it.The transformation of this seal into a malignant one is impossible.
  2. Lipoma (wen). Soreness with this induration appears due to pressure on the tissue. The formation is benign, large in size. In rare cases, a lipoma can degenerate into a malignant tumor, which is why it must be removed without fail.
  3. Polyp – a lump in the nose of a child and an adult appears quite often and is benign.
  4. Fibroma. It is a hard lump that causes pain only due to the compression of the surrounding tissue.Against this background, any touch causes painful sensations. The phenomenon is hereditary. This is a benign type of neoplasm.
  5. Lymphadenitis. With a problem, inflammation of the lymph node occurs. In this case, the seal behind the ear is quite painful and is accompanied by reddening of the skin, itching and burning. There may also be general signs of intoxication. When the lump behind the ear hurts badly in children, they can comb it, exacerbating the disease.
  6. Mastoiditis.The problem arises as a consequence of otitis media that has not been properly treated. As a result, the infectious fluid fills the pores of the bone and leads to the appearance of a hard, very painful lump behind the ear, which quickly grows in size. With such a violation, severe weakness appears, the temperature rises, and the patient’s general well-being is seriously disturbed. If there is a problem, a seal appears under the ear.
  7. Malignant neoplasms. Depending on the species, they can have different manifestations, but for the most part they are all prone to rapid growth and are accompanied not only by soreness, but also by a slight increase in temperature.In this case, the seal in the earlobe hurts, the tumor ball has an unpleasant color and immediately attracts attention. Treatment is urgent. The prognosis is relatively favorable if the seal is detected in a timely manner.
  8. Furuncle. Purulent-necrotic inflammation of the hair follicle, which is caused by pathogenic bacteria against the background of a decrease in the activity of the immune system. At the stage of infiltration, it manifests itself only as a very painful compaction, which gradually turns into a characteristic abscess.This often results in a lump in the nose.
  9. Consequences of bruises. After damage, seals in the tissues, which are accompanied by pain, can persist for up to 10 days. Bruising is also common.
  10. Consequences of tick infestation. If the tick was removed poorly, due to which its head remained in the tissues, then after their overgrowth, internal suppuration may develop, as a result of which a soft painful compaction appears. It can grow in size.

Whatever type of seal belongs to, it must be shown to the doctor. Painful sensations can be eliminated only after the necessary therapy is carried out. The seals themselves are extremely rare and should not be counted on.


At the initial treatment of the patient, the doctor conducts his survey regarding the time of detection of the seal and the possible presence of provoking factors, as well as examines and probes the problem area.After that, if possible, a primary diagnosis is made or diagnostic tests and examinations are prescribed. If there is a suspicion of a malignant process in the tissues, the patient is referred for a consultation with an oncologist. For an accurate diagnosis, the following diagnostic methods and analyzes are used:

  1. rhinoscopy – if there are seals inside the nose;
  2. Computed tomography or magnetic resonance imaging of the skull;
  3. Ultrasound of the lymph nodes – it is mandatory to carry out when there is compaction in their area;
  4. Ultrasound of the seal – it is necessary to determine its exact size, content and connectivity with surrounding tissues.

If a cancer is suspected, a biopsy is indicated. Also, the patient may be assigned blood tests and a general examination of the body to exclude the presence of metastases. A lump on the nose and ear is not often cancerous.

a young Ufa resident struggling with a terrible disease

Sergei Tsirulnikov remains optimistic and cheerful

A young Ufa resident Sergei Tsirulnikov is known among friends and acquaintances as an active and creative person.His lifestyle is travel, percussion and esports. About a year ago, cancer burst into his eventful life. Now he goes to the hospital for the fourth course of chemotherapy and keeps a diary of a cancer patient on Instagram. Despite the constant pains from fighting lymphoma and painful sensations from medications, Sergei does not lose his optimism. He is confident that everything will be all right with him.


Sergei’s medical history began in the fall of 2017.One day he accidentally hit his foot on the table, the bruised place began to hurt constantly. The young man began to use anesthetic ointments, but the pains began to return periodically. After about the fifth exacerbation, he decided to go to the surgeon. It was last spring. Then a small bump formed on the bruised place.

– The surgeon sent me for a CT scan. They did an analysis and said that everything was fine. Then they called back, said that there was a suspicion, go to the oncologist and orthopedist.I went through five orthopedists, I went to two oncologists, everyone said that everything was fine. At some point, the painkillers simply stopped helping, – said Sergei Tsirulnikov in an interview with Komsomolskaya Pravda.


Soon the young man found one of the best orthopedists in Ufa, Sergei Kholkin. With difficulty, but the guy was able to get to see him.

– I broke through for a consultation, an appointment with him for months ahead. It was already autumn. He said that this lump should be excised and sent for histology.In November, they underwent an operation, they waited for an analysis for a long time. He came, and in him – a sarcoma. Shock, – Sergey shares his memories.

Podiatrist Holkin then reassured him with his confidence. The doctor suggested that a second test be done to make sure the diagnosis was correct. As it turned out, not in vain.

– It so happened that I learned my diagnosis after going through dozens of doctors. The best among the many specialists I turned to was the orthopedist Sergei Kholkin from the 18th hospital in Ufa, – said the young man.

Since the end of January, Sergei has been keeping a diary of his treatment.

According to him, when a second analysis came to the orthopedist, he also showed the presence of sarcoma. It was already in December last year.

– Sergei Kholkin did not want to believe in this diagnosis and insisted that the tests be sent to Moscow. There, doctors diagnosed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Exhaling a little, I decided to fly to St. Petersburg for a consultation. There, many doctors examined me, rechecked the images and all kinds of analyzes. They also diagnosed lymphoma and prescribed treatment, but in addition they told me to contact the Mechnikov Institute to establish the subtype of lymphoma, ”said the resident of Ufa.

After a while, a detailed analysis of Sergei came from the Mechnikov Institute, according to which he was prescribed a treatment program. So, in January this year, the Ufa resident went to fight cancer. On his Instagram page, he began to keep a kind of diary, where he shares his impressions and feelings of chemotherapy procedures.


– Now I have a long and serious treatment, namely chemotherapy. I thought about blogging, or, more simply, a diary – every day of treatment I will describe all the procedures, my condition and feelings, perhaps someone will be interested in reading my nonsense.So, day 0. Today I had a bone marrow puncture from the pelvic bone, and even from both sides. Does it hurt? It is very painful, but necessary, – Sergey Tsirulnikov told his subscribers.

The young Ufa citizen described in some detail how the first courses of chemotherapy took place. So, one day Sergey told his friends and subscribers how he spent four days under a dropper.

-The third day. Today they made me a nuclear cocktail of three drugs, which will drip for 96 hours, i.e.e. 4 days. I feel good. So far, there have been no side effects. They say they will come after the 5th day, and perhaps they will not come. The mood is normal. Have a nice evening everyone. Till tomorrow! – he wrote.

Soon Sergei Tsirulnikov will go to the hospital for another chemotherapy course. He himself does not lose heart and believes in his recovery.

Lump after tooth extraction

In the understanding of most patients, a visit to a dental surgeon is a guarantee of the cessation of unpleasant symptoms in the area of ​​a problem tooth.However, this is not always the case. Sometimes a soft or hard bump forms on the gum after a tooth is extracted. Why it arises, and most importantly, what to do with it, you will learn from our article.


  • First, the problem can arise due to trauma to the gum tissue. It has a non-infectious nature and after 2-3 days (provided that the oral hygiene rules recommended by the doctor are observed) should pass on its own.For example, quite often a bump appears after the removal of a wisdom tooth. The fact is that the removal of third molars is usually very traumatic.
  • Secondly, often a lump after tooth extraction is a sign of the development of an inflammatory process. It can begin if bacteria have got into the hole, as well as if the blood clot has not come off for one reason or another. In this case, either the doctor’s violation of the antiseptic rules is likely, or the patient ignores the dentist’s recommendations regarding the recovery period.
  • Thirdly, neoplasm sometimes turns out to be a manifestation of a side effect if medication is prescribed after removal of a unit of the dentition.

When analyzing the possible causes of the problem, the presence or absence of symptoms such as severe pain, fever, reddening of the gums, swelling of its tissues or swelling of the cheeks, as well as a general deterioration of well-being, is important. However, in any case, only a specialist can accurately distinguish the physiological process from pathology.


The most correct solution when this symptom appears is to go to the dentist if the problem does not resolve on its own within 2-3 days. Only a doctor after diagnosis (which includes not only a visual examination, but also X-ray and, if necessary, some other techniques) will be able to prescribe a treatment corresponding to the cause of the pathological phenomenon and prevent the development of serious gum disease.

If the tumor is filled with pus, it is surgically treated. Then the gums are washed with an antiseptic solution to prevent further inflammation. Antibiotics may also be prescribed.

In addition, since this complication often indicates a reduced immunity of the patient and a weakened state of his body, the doctor may recommend taking vitamin preparations.

Removing Bisha’s lumps – “The photo is not for the faint of heart! About how the plastic surgery and the postoperative period are going! Who needs this operation and why? A LOT OF PHOTOS! Review will be updated »

This is probably one of the most popular operations in the last two years.It is popular because of its simplicity, cheapness and effect. Aristocratic cheekbones – the result of an operation lasting 30-50 minutes!

First, a little theory:

Bisha’s lumps are encapsulated fatty formations located between the buccal muscle and the superficial muscles of the face on each side.

To whom and for what:

If the weighted and massive lower part of the face, very chubby cheeks and an ugly contour of the cheekbones are not most satisfied with, then removing or moving lumps of bisha can help make the face more sophisticated and more beautiful.


Operation progress:

The operation is carried out under local anesthesia and lasts from 30 minutes to an hour.

On the inside of the cheeks, after anesthesia, an incision is made with a scalpel and then a whole or part of Bisha’s lump is removed and then this incision is sutured with absorbable sutures.

Sensations during the operation:

During the operation itself, there was practically no pain, only occasionally a dull aching pain was felt when the lump was pulled out through the incision. There were no difficulties at all with the right cheek, the lump practically “jumped out” by itself. In the left cheek, the surgeon dug for about 10 minutes and only after that the lump was removed. This is due to the anatomical features of the lump itself, which was located somewhat differently in the left cheek.

Here are the lumps themselves :

After the operation, they shook me up to prevent swelling and sent me home. It was recommended to wear this bandage for the rest of the day and night.

I was also given recommendations on taking anti-inflammatory and antibacterial drugs during rehabilitation and recommendations on nutrition.

Immediately after the operation

In the morning I unbound my face and saw slight swelling:

The first day after surgery.Morning.

There was no pain, a slight discomfort due to the stitches themselves, but most of the time I did not remember about the operation.

evening of the same day:

The first day after surgery. Evening.

Here it seemed to me that the edema began to grow a little more. Also no discomfort.

Second day after surgery. Morning.

Everything is clear here. The edema has indeed increased – and this is absolutely normal .After consulting with the surgeon, I started taking a hormonal anti-inflammatory drug to ease the postoperative period.

Second day after surgery. Evening.

Minor changes on the evening of the second day. Perhaps this is due to the intake of a hormonal anti-inflammatory drug, perhaps because I began to rinse my mouth with chlorhexidine even more often, and perhaps because I connected to Darsonval therapy.

Fourth day after surgery.Morning.

Yesterday I was forced to suspend my medication (let me remind you that I am now drinking an antibiotic, a non-hormonal anti-inflammatory and a hormonal anti-inflammatory). I did not forget to rinse, the seams are still in place. The pain is minimal.

On the evening of that day, one seam out of four fell off (on the right side).

12th day after surgery.

Remaining stitches fell off in 4-6 days. The discomfort disappeared as soon as these stitches disappeared.

But until now (the second week of rehabilitation is coming to an end) there is a small compaction at the incision site, which I feel only when I run my tongue along the inner side of my cheeks.

The photo shows a slight hollow in the cheeks, we wait further.

2 months later

In fact, friends and relatives who do not know about the previous operation have no idea about anything.

I can see the result! And until now, seeing my reflection, I still can’t get used to it.The lower third of the face has become noticeably lighter, the face from the front looks more voluminous and graceful


Update :

after 1 year

in 2 years

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Small lump in the cheek area, painful and liquid

Doctor night, I want to ask. There is a lump on my left cheek not far from my nose, which is initially small, like a pimple that wants to grow, but it grows 2 days if it is kept from pain.As if there is water in it. That’s why, doc? “”

Hello Adists,

Thank you for asking.

A small lump in the cheek area, painful and runny, may be caused by the following conditions:

  • Acne vulgaris (acne, inflammation of the pilosebase gland)
  • Shingles (reactivation of Varicella zoster virus, fire pox)
  • Impetigo (bacterial infection)
  • Folliculitis (root infection of the hair)
  • Irritant contact dermatitis (skin inflammation due to contact with irritants)
  • Scabies (scabies, Sarcoptes scabiei infection)
  • Insect bites
  • Benign or malignant tumors, etc.D.

In general, the lumps you encounter are not dangerous and can go away on their own with natural healing combined with optimal endurance. You can first follow these steps to get the bump deflated or broken:

  • Cleanse your face regularly when showering and use cosmetics
  • Reduce the use of too thick makeup
  • Do not put anything on a lump that appears without consulting a doctor
  • Do not squeeze or overfill excessive lumps
  • Use sunscreen to protect your skin from direct sunlight
  • Also protect your skin from dirt, dust and other irritants.
  • Do not share cosmetics, powdered sponges, or other personal items with other people
  • Sleep more regularly
  • Don’t stress too much

If the complaint does not improve within 3 days, or if the size increases and spreads to other areas or organs, you should consult your doctor or dermatologist to get the best treatment.

Hope this helps.

90,000 The cat has a lump under the skin, what to do

Having found education on the pet’s body, the owner often panics, but if the cat has bumps, this is not a sentence to the animal.Such seals do not necessarily indicate oncology, the reasons for the appearance of bumps can be very diverse and will not harm the animal.

Causes and symptoms of cones

A lump under the skin of a cat can be malignant or benign. In the first case, the pet should be prescribed treatment as soon as possible, but it may not bring a positive result either.

But a lump can also be a benign neoplasm. In this case, you should not panic, but it is better to show the cat to the veterinarian as soon as possible so that he does the necessary research.

If a cat has a bump, this does not mean that the pet is in pain or stress – often the bumps are painless.

Lumps can be very painful – most often this indicates a disease. Even if the lump is not painful and benign, even such a lump can significantly worsen the life of the animal. It is especially dangerous if a lump occurs on the back: this can lead to blockage of blood vessels, blood with oxygen does not enter the organs and this condition can result in paralysis of the limbs or death.

Types of bumps under the skin of a cat

Cones can have a different nature, depending on the predisposition of the animal to a particular disease.

Lipoma (wen)

At first, a small formation appears, which gradually grows and can grow to the size of a hen’s egg. Lipoma is caused by improper distribution of fat after clogged pores. Lipoma is a benign neoplasm that does not metastasize and does not cause discomfort. An exception is if the lipoma occurs on the back or neck.Lipoma does not hurt even when pressed, it does not affect life processes: appetite remains, normal behavior of the animal, the temperature is normal.

In old animals, the appearance of lipomas may indicate the onset of cancer. It is imperative that your cat be examined by a veterinarian.


An abscess appears at the site of a bruise, any internal trauma, or in the case of an incorrectly delivered injection.

The tumor appears approximately on the 3rd day after the injury, gradually growing.

Unlike lipoma, abscess is a painful condition, accompanied by fever, depression of the pet’s condition.

The abscess is firm but not hard to the touch. The accumulated pus is felt inside. If the abscess is not completely healed, pus is released into the hole when pressed.


Inflammation of the lymph nodes. The lump is extremely painful even with slight pressure. The state of the animal is depressed, the temperature is increased, the appetite is reduced.


A cyst is a benign tumor.A cyst is a lump filled with fluid from the inside. Such a tumor grows slowly and does not affect the condition of the cat, the cyst is not painful.

Tumor as a reaction to vaccination

Usually a slight swelling, a little painful, accompanied by redness.


The most terrible type of neoplasm. It is about him that the owner thinks when he gropes for a bump on the pet’s body. Cancer spreads very quickly, metastases throughout the body.Inevitably leads to the death of the animal, but in the early stages of the disease it often does not manifest itself in any way.


Depending on the type of lump, the treatment is also different:

  1. The fat opens on its own when it “ripens”. A viscous substance is released from the hole after opening. It is necessary to carefully squeeze out the contents and treat the wound with an antiseptic.
  2. The abscess is opened surgically and preferably under sterile conditions.If the inflammation is not opened, the abscess can burst and lead to infection of the entire body of the animal.
  3. With purulent lymphadenitis, the lump must be opened surgically, and the wound must be sanitized. In the absence of pus, vitamin therapy is carried out, physiotherapy procedures are prescribed. It is imperative to establish the cause of the inflammation of the lymph nodes and, first of all, fight the cause of the underlying disease (for example, tonsillitis).
  4. Benign tumors, cysts, are removed surgically, provided that they bring discomfort and worsen the life of the animal.If the cyst is small or if the condition of the animal does not allow for the operation, the growth and development of the cysts is monitored.
  5. After vaccination, the tumor goes away on its own, no special methods or methods of treatment are required.
  6. Cancer tumors can only be treated with surgery. Moreover, during the operation, not only the tumor is cut out, but also part of the healthy tissue in order to avoid further development of the tumor. Chemotherapy courses are underway.

Preventive measures

In the event of various microtraumas or bruises on the animal’s body, it is imperative to treat the wound, even the smallest scratch.