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Skin Lumps: Treatment, Procedure, Cost and Side Effects

What is the treatment?

Skin lumps are the slightly raised portions on the skin. They are very common and may occur due to infection, insect bite, allergic reaction or skin disorder. They are generally harmless but in rare cases, they could be a symptom of skin cancer. They may be many in number or just a few, itchy or non itchy, big or small. The colour of lumps may also differ. They may be of the same colour as your skin or different. They may also be really hard to touch or soft and movable. Skin lumps generally do not need to be treated. They go away on their own. However, if you face discomfort for more than a week and your condition is worsening, you must consult a doctor.

How is the treatment done?

The doctor will examine your lumps carefully and ask you about your medical history and lifestyle. Most skin lumps, caused due to bacterial or viral infections, can be treated with over the counter medications taken in the form of pills, gel or ointment. If need be, the doctor may remove skin tags or warts by freezing them. Cysts and lipomas may also be removed surgically. You may be suggested to go for a skin biopsy to find out if the lumps are cancerous, in case the doctor suspects of it being so. In this procedure, a small sample of the skin tissue will be taken from the affected area and analysed to find out if it contains tumour cells. If your lump is found to be cancerous, you should immediately go for surgery to remove it.

Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?)

If you have been experiencing skin lumps for a long time along with pain and discomfort, you must consult a doctor.

Who is not eligible for the treatment?

Mild bumps on the skin can be due to the side effects of another medical treatment you may be going through. Consult a doctor before consuming any medication.

Are there any side effects?

Some medicines may result in temporary nausea, headache, irritation or redness. There is nothing to be concerned about, these effects wear off soon.

What are the post-treatment guidelines?

You must use a mild cleanser to keep your skin clean at all times. Protect your skin from the harmful rays of the sun. Apply a good amount of sunscreen lotion, of an SPF of at least 50, before stepping out in the sun. Consume a nutritious and healthy diet. Stay away from junk food, tobacco and alcohol.

How long does it take to recover?

The time period of recovery depends on the severity of your condition and the area that has been affected by lumps.

What is the price of the treatment in India?

One session of consultation with a dermatologist will cost you between ₹500 - ₹1200.

Are the results of the treatment permanent?

The results of the treatment are mostly permanent.

What are the alternatives to the treatment?

You can try applying a proportionate mixture of honey and flour on the affected areas. Having apple cider vinegar daily for a 5-10 days is also known to help treat skin problems. Applying neem and flaxseed oil may also help.

Safety: Condition Effectiveness: Medium Timeliness: Medium Relative Risk: Medium Side Effects: Medium Time For Recovery: Medium Price Range:

Rs.500 to Rs.1200

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Lipoma Excision - Facts You Need To Be Aware Of!

MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, MS - General Surgery
General Surgeon, Hyderabad
Lipoma Excision - Facts You Need To Be Aware Of!

Lipoma excision is the surgical removal of lipomas present in the body of persons affected by lipomatosis. People affected with lipomatosis have fatty lump-like accumulations in the subcutaneous tissues of the head, neck, shoulders and back. These fatty deposits are slow-growing benign tumours that are mostly painless and soft, mobile masses. A lipoma or multiple lipomas that exceed 5 cm in size and cause cosmetic disfigurement, pain or restrict movement in individuals, require surgical intervention. The classic method for removal of lipomas is excision biopsy or lipoma excision, which involves the incision and removal of the deposits and their capsules. However, the surgical removal of a large lipoma or multiple lipomas often results in disfiguring scars.

Pre-Surgical Procedure
Outlining the lipoma area prior to the surgery with a marker serves as a guideline for the surgeon. The marked area is then cleansed with betadine solution. Sterile towels are used to drape the area after cleansing. Local anaesthesia is administered along with a field block into the subcutaneous area.

Enucleation
This procedure is followed for lipomas of smaller sizes. An incision of 3-4mm is made over the lipoma, following which a curette is placed in the wound to cut away the lipoma from the surrounding tissue. The tumour is then enucleated through the incision with the curette. A pressure dressing is applied to prevent the formation of hematoma after enucleation. Sutures are not required for this procedure.

Excision
Larger lipomas or multiple lipomas spanning larger areas are best removed by incisions made on the skin overlying the lipoma. The incisions are made in the form of a fusiform excision that are aligned with the skin tension lines and are smaller than the underlying tumour. A haemostat is used to grasp the skin inside the incision; this provides the necessary traction for removing the tumour. Once the central island of skin has been grasped by the haemostat, dissection is performed beneath the subcutaneous fat to the tumour. A scalpel is used to cut away tissue around the lipoma. Cutting of tissue is carefully performed under direct supervision to avoid damage to surrounding nerves or blood vessels. For further removal of the remaining lipoma mass, haemostats or clamps are used. Once freed, the lipoma is removed as a whole, and haemostasis is achieved.

Occasionally drains have to be placed for preventing fluid accumulation. The skin is then closed with nylon sutures and a pressure dressing is placed to prevent formation of hematoma. The wound is checked in 2-7 days and the sutures are removed after 21 days. Lipoma excision often results in complete cure. Common risks associated with lipoma excision are hematoma formation, surgical infection, injury to nearby tissues, and deformity due to the incision.

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5 Common Skin Problems In Vaginal Area!

MBBS, DGO, DNB
Gynaecologist, Noida
5 Common Skin Problems In Vaginal Area!

If you notice bumps and redness on the skin around your vagina, your first thoughts are most likely going to be about an STD. However, though these signs are very similar to symptoms exhibited by STDs, this can be caused by a triggered by a number of factors. Hence, it is important to consult a gynaecologist to confirm a diagnosis if you notice such abnormalities. Some of the causes for this condition are:

  1. Vaginal acne: Just like the rest of your body, the skin around your vagina can also be susceptible to pimples and acne. These pimples are very similar to those found in other parts of the body. Vaginal acne usually develops as a natural reaction to the use of harsh soaps and chemicals, shaving, douching or if you do not keep the area clean. Excessive productions of natural oils or sweat can also trigger a vaginal acne flare up. Wearing dry cotton underwear and keeping the area clean should help resolve this condition.
  2. Ingrown hairs: Sometimes, hair grows sideways or curls up below the skin instead of exiting it. This may be triggered by shaving or other forms of hair removal where due to its short length, the hair gets trapped under the surface of the skin. Dead skin can also clog a hair follicle and cause ingrown hair. This condition usually resolves itself. To lower the chances of ingrowths; try exfoliating your skin gently or switching to another method of hair removal.
  3. Folliculitis: This condition is caused by the inflammation of hair follicles that leads to a bacterial or fungal infection. It usually starts out as small red bumps which later develop into crusty sores. This inflammation may be the result of excessive sweat production or friction. It usually heals itself in approximately 2 weeks. The healing process can be speeded up by applying a warm compress on the area or by soaking the area in a salt water solution. In some cases, antibiotics or anti-fungal medication may be required.
  4. EczemaThis may be caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors. As such, there is no cure for the condition but it may be managed with the use of topical corticosteroids. Aloe vera may also be helpful in reducing the itchiness and inflammation.
  5. Molluscum contagiosum: This is a viral infection that spreads through skin to skin contact and appears in the form of smooth round bumps that vary in size and are firm to touch. These bumps usually resolve themselves but the process can take a few months. Treatment with dry ice and topical creams can speed up the process. In some cases, laser therapy may also be used.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Swollen Red Bumps On Skin - Can It Be A Sign Of Rosacea?

MD - Dermatology , Fellowship in Hair Transplant
Dermatologist, Nashik
Swollen Red Bumps On Skin - Can It Be A Sign Of Rosacea?

Primarily common among middle-aged women, rosacea is a disorder which is characterized by redness and pus-filled bumps and blisters on the chin, cheeks and the forehead. As time progresses, these red bumps can get aggravated and result in other complications. It may also affect other parts of the body such as the back, neck and the chest. If the eyes are affected, then they might appear to be watery and bloodshot. It can also lead to formation of bumps and pimples on the face.

Causes
The exact cause of rosacea has not yet been ascertained. However, certain factors have been known to act as catalysts in the development of this disorder, such as problems of the blood vessels. It may also be caused by fungus and microscopic skin mites. Though more research needs to go into it, but psychological factors are often considered to be important reasons behind this disorder. Some other risk factors of rosacea are:

  • Gender: It is more common among women
  • Complexion: People with fairer skin are at a higher risk

Symptoms
The symptoms of this disorder can vary among individuals, but they all share a few common symptoms. The major symptoms of this disorder are:

  1. Bumps and pimples: Similar to pimples, pus filled bumps and pimples are a few common symptoms.
  2. Flushing: A flushed face or a face that appears reddish is one of the most common symptoms indicative of rosacea.
  3. Visible blood vessels: The blood vessels on the face tend to become visible.
  4. Thickening of the skin: The skin tends to thicken and enlarge, caused by the presence of excessive tissue.
  5. Stinging and burning: One may experience burning sensations and inflammation on the face.

Treatment
There are two primary methods of treatment and the required type is decided upon after a through diagnosis of the symptoms. They are-

  1. Medications: Topical and oral medications can be administered to treat symptoms of pimples, bumps and the reddish hue on the face. Medications help you manage the symptoms and prevent them from aggravating or resurfacing.
  2. Surgical procedures: Surgical procedures for rosacea are aimed at reducing the excessive facial redness, remedying blood vessels that are visible and correct other deformities if required.

There are certain preventive measures that you can adopt, them being:
1. Avoid direct exposure to the sun
2. Don’t overdo your exercise sessions
3. Avoid eating spicy foods
4. Take steps to minimize your stress levels. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a Dermatologist.

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Facial Massage - Do Men Need It Too?

Senior Residency, DNB - Dermatology Venereology & Leprosy , MD - Dermatology, MBBS
Dermatologist, Mumbai
Facial Massage - Do Men Need It Too?

Are you fussy about getting a facial, believing an age old adage that men don’t need facials? Think again, you can be nowhere near the truth as the harsh reality is that men do need facials period. Yes, you might not entertain the fact of having layers of cucumber or banana on your skin and it certainly doesn’t look appealing. But the reality is that your skin can suffer the same damage and wear and tear as a woman’s skin and it needs the dedication and care it deserves. In fact, probably more than the ladies, guys need facials, thanks to their coarser skin, larger pores, and increased chance of sun damage. Feels discomforting? Fret not; as we lay down some points that staunchly suggest that men do need facials like their woman counterparts

  1. Men produce more oil: Men have higher testosterone levels than women and this indirectly produces more oil. This oil can clog your pores and can lead to blackheads, which may lead to pimples. Also due to the coarseness, they can also develop as rashes and can leave permanent marks if not treated properly. Have a facial done at a spa to take care of these risks. The reason why these are better done at a spa is that the specialist can understand your skin type and can chart down a treatment plan based on it. Also, you might have to exfoliate your skin often to reduce the toughness of the dead skin cells.
  2. Benefitting in a smoother shave: No matter how many types of razor you use, the friction caused by the metal to your skin is irreversible. Irritation is one of the common consequences that your facial skin has to undergo every time you shave. The result can be more damaging than you have ever thought so. A deep facial will deep clean bumps and soothe the irritated skin. You can also try various after shave effects to reduce the rashness to the skin and simultaneously you can opt for specialised facial treatment for shaving side effects. You can experience a smoother and a better shave when your skin is smoother.
  3. Facials use products far from the market: It is a known fact that some of the facial products used are not available over the counters. The techniques and the products used can be handled like a pro only by an experienced facial therapist. Instead of following an advertisement and going for a product, take some time off for getting a facial. You can also experience an opportunity to ask more questions regarding the product used on your face. Facials can be ideal stress busters too and can help a great deal in relaxing. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a Dermatologist.
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Rhinoplasty - Things You Must Know!!

M.Ch - Plastic Surgery
Cosmetic/Plastic Surgeon, Surat
Rhinoplasty - Things You Must Know!!

Rhinoplasty, more commonly known as Nose-Job, is a cosmetic procedure designed to change the shape and size of the nose. 

A Rhinoplasty can effectively change the size and shape of the nose to complement the facial balance. It also helps improve nasal symmetry efficiently enhancing your facial features.

How is the surgery performed?

We prefer General Anaesthesia for the surgery to make patient pain free and most comfortable. It’s a Day-care procedure or may need overnight stay.

The operation involves an incision which is made for easy access to the cartilage and bones of the nose. These incisions are generally placed inside the nose, so that they do not appear as scar marks after the surgery is done. Moulding, removal or replacement of the bone or cartilage depends on the demands of the restructuring of the nose. Once the reshaping of the nose is done, the nose tissue is put back into place and a splint is temporarily placed to support the new structure of the nose. The splint is removed at 5-7 days. 

Precautions to take after a nose surgery

After a nose surgery, the area around your nose will stay swollen and bruised for around 10-15 days. Thus you have to ensure that-

  1. You get adequate period of rest.

  2. Use cold compresses over the swollen face, this will reduce the swelling and ease the pain.

  3. Do not indulge in relatively vigorous physical activity for 15 days. 

  4. Take you medicines regularly.

Risks of nose surgery

Every surgery or medical procedure involves certain risks, and so does Rhinoplasty. Along with some puffiness and bruising around the eye and nose region, you may also experience-

  1. Some amount of bleeding 

  2. Injury to the septum area

  3. Irritation of the skin and skin problems 

  4. Infections 

  5. Nasal blockage due to swelling in the inner nasal area 

  6. Complications resulting from anaesthesia 

Although there are certain risks to Rhinoplasty, the surgery is considerably safe if done by a qualified expert plastic surgeon and the results are quite permanent.

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Popular Questions & Answers

I'm 20 years old I have boil near lips (from lips to cheek) It's approximately 1.5 inch. I tried to wash this with savlon Now it's condition is worse than before I'm taking medicines but still nothing has been changed How long will it take to recover? (My exam is going to be started from 17 Dec, I want to get rid of this as soon as possible)

MD, MBBS
Dermatologist, Chennai
You are suffering from bacterial folliculitis. Medicine available for good improvement. As the treatment varies depending on the severity. Send photos of the affected area, by direct online consultation for accurate diagnosis and treatment.

Me and my husband suffering from genital area infection having irritation some swelling and not white discharge but seen pure white spots like wet wheat flour small lumps and with my husband seen the lumps with the pure white watery flow with swelling and irritation and his penis outer skin is becomes very dry. What's that and how we treat this?

MBBS, MD - Dermatology
Dermatologist, Mumbai
It could be molluscum contagiosum. This is vitally transmitted infection and would affect genital area. Do treat it as soon as possible because condition is very contagious. Do connect for further management.
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Sir, I have so many tiny bumps on my upper arms and upper back and shoulders area, I have 5 to 6 keloid also from last 6 years. What's the reasons of these kind of tiny bumps and how they cured?

MCh - Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
Cosmetic/Plastic Surgeon, Bangalore
Hello. Definitely it can be treated. Keloids have variety of treatment nowadays depending upon its size, position and response. There are procedures like compression bandages, silicon gel or sheet treatment, intralesional steroids, excision etc. But none can be suggested without examination in proper. U can definitely get rid of it, or at least decrease it in size, and prevent its recurrence. For deciding which treatment will suit you and where it can be done, you can consult or text me online with details and pictures of the lesion.

My mother has lymphoid tissues reactivated lump in neck part, doctor told us to get surgery done and later biopsy report will actually detect the reason (if its a cancer lump or TB lump or normal). Should we go for surgery or consult other doctors and look for medicine which can melt this tissues. My mother is suffering from too much leg pain and fever also. Please suggest something.

MBBS, MS - General Surgery, Diplomate of National board in Surgical Oncology
General Surgeon, Kolkata
Hi lybrate-user biopsy is the only procedure which can help you with the diagnosis and lead to right treatment. There is no way to melt the disease.
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I took Tetanus injection 12 months ago and have recently developed a cyst type ook my left arm just near to shoulder. Initially it didn't cause any pain, now it has spread and is causing some inflammatory pain. please advise how to reduce or cure this.

MD, MBBS
Dermatologist, Chennai
You are suffering from injection abscess. Medicine available for good improvement. As the treatment varies depending on the severity. Send photos of the affected area, by direct online consultation for accurate diagnosis and treatment.

Table of Content

What is the treatment?
How is the treatment done?
Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?)
Who is not eligible for the treatment?
Are there any side effects?
What are the post-treatment guidelines?
How long does it take to recover?
What is the price of the treatment in India?
Are the results of the treatment permanent?
What are the alternatives to the treatment?
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How to protect your skin from Sun Tan?

Hello everyone. I am Dr. Anupriya Goel from Berkowitz Hair And Skin Clinic. Today I am going to give you tips on how to take care of your skin during summers.

Now, the most common problem that people come to me with during summers is sun tan and pigmentation and my prevention for the same would be prevention than cure. Now, you must prevent your skin from the harmful radiation of from the sun which not only leads to sun tan and pigmentation but also leads to photo damage of your skin which leads to early signs of aging. So the main component which must be applied to prevent your skin from this skin damage is the application of a broad spectrum sunscreen. So, a sunscreen must be minimum SPF 30, UVA++, must be applied 15-20 minutes before going out in the sun, must be re-applied every 3 hours if you are in the sun continuously and should be applied in adequate quantities.

Now, a lot of people even though they apply sunscreen, as they do not apply in adequate quantity, is not very effective. So a minimum of 3 fingertips units must be applied on the face and the neck. Now, along with application of the sunscreen, application of a vitamin C serum is also very important. This is because, due to the exposure to UV radiations and due to environmental pollutants there is generation of free radicals or reactive oxygen species which not only damages your skin cells but it is also damages your melanin producing cells or melanocides. So, this can be prevented by intake of anti-oxidants in the form of citrus fruits, oral supplements and Vitamin C serum. Hence, I would advise that application of a Vitamin C serum and a sunscreen is a must every single day of your life especially in summers.

Now, at night time, the most important step before going to bed is cleansing your face. Many people undermine the importance of cleaning their face before going to bed. This step not only removes the excessive sebum and excessive production of sweat that is mainly produced during summers but it also removes the environmental pollutants. After cleansing your face, you must apply a topical agent containing alphahydroxy acid, containing glycolic acid, lactic acid or melanic acid at least twice a week. This step not only improves the top layer of your skin by decreasing the amount of sebum and removing the dead skin cells but it also acts on a deeper level of your skin producing increased collagen, and meuko polysaccharides which increases the thickness and quality of your skin.

On the other days of the week, you must also apply a moisturizing cream or a hydrating gel. The important properties of a good moisturizing cream are that it contains humectants which attracts water to the skin, maintains or traps water to your skin and emollients which smoothen up your skin. A good property of a moisturizing gel should be that it should leave your skin smooth and supple and not very sticky. Now, other than applying these moisturizing creams and hydrating gels, it is very important to take care of the hydration of your body by taking minimum 2-3 liters of water every single day. So, just to summarize it, during summers, during daytime, you must apply Vitamin C serum and a sunscreen and at night, you must apply a good moisturizing gel along with glycolic acid containing topical agents along with a healthy diet and cleansing your face.

If you do all these steps for a minimum of 3-6 months, you will definitely see a younger and brighter looking skin. Wish you all a very healthy and beautiful summer. Thank you.
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I m Dr. A.K. Chatterjee. I m a dermatologist with over 25 years of experience and I retired from a medical college and government hospital in 2013 and since then I m in private practice. There are many skin problems which are very common and which have got multiple side effects and problems for the patients, but I am dealing, I shall deal with a very common skin problem now, which is a father infection, which is very common these days and there are multiple causes.

There are causes like good, improper hygiene, then very common infection among people in the community, so it spreads contact to contact and there are various other methods, for example from self contact to one part of the body to another, then from one person to another. So, there are multiple problems and people are really fed up with this because with common medicines they are just suppressed and are not cured. Especially what is problematic is people go to general practitioners or even quacks who prescribe steroids and which basically suppresses this thing but can never help to get rid of the fungus.

So there are various treatments which I prescribe and I have actually cured this in many people but it takes little time and patience. So any of you is suffering from this problem you can please come directly to me in my clinic. I ve got two clinics, one in Mayur Vihar phase 2 and one in Shahdara. You can also contact me through lybrate.

Thank you.
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