Many people may notice lumps or bumps in their skin. While most of these are not dangerous nor life-threatening, we recommend getting any irregularity examined to be safe. At RidgeView Dermatology, our professionals are looking out for your well-being. We aim to provide you assurance about any lumps or bumps you may be experiencing and inform you of treatment options you can explore to remove them.
With several locations, RidgeView Dermatology proudly serves the communities in Roanoke Valley, Central, and Southwest, Virginia. Our medical personnel comprises experienced, understanding, and supportive dermatologists. We strive to work towards your individual needs and keep you informed of any and all concerns regarding your health. Contact us today to schedule a consultation appointment at the location nearest you!
Some common skin conditions that cause lumps and bumps:
- Skin cysts
- Cherry angioma
- Epidermoid Cysts
Skin cysts are typically noncancerous. They are closed pockets of tissue that are sometimes filled with pus or other fluid substance. Cysts can appear anywhere on the body and are fairly common. Developed through an infection, clogged oil gland, or around certain aesthetics like earrings, cysts resemble the shape of large peas beneath the surface of the skin. Typically, this type of lump is painless unless they become infected or are ruptured. However, if it is causing you discomfort, it can be drained or surgically removed.
This condition looks like a cherry-red bump on the skin. Cherry angiomas are more commonly on people over 40 years old and can be found nearly anywhere on the body. Treatment for this lump is not required, but you may consult with our medical staff to explore removal options if you find yourself discomforted by the its appearance.
These lumps are harmless and are round and red-brownish in appearance. Dermatofibromas is usually found on the arms and legs and is hard to the touch. Removal of these lumps is not necessary. If their appearance is bothering you, they can be treated with a liquid nitrogen solution.
Also referred to as sebaceous cysts, this type of lump is not cancerous. These cysts are formed through an outpouching from the follicle in your hair and can commonly be found on the chest, back and genitalia. Epidermoid cysts are round and dark but can turn red and become tender if they are infected. Antibiotics may be prescribed to alleviate any infection, should this change occur. Epidermoid cysts can be removed through a small incision in the skin, should you seek a removal.
These are just several of many different types of lumps, bumps, and cysts. While many of these conditions can be benign, it’s best to get a proper diagnosis to ensure your health and well-being. If you are bothered by the appearance of an irregularity and are unsure of whether it may be dangerous, contact us today to schedule a consultation appointment at the location nearest you!