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Skin Lumps: Treatment, Procedure, Cost and Side Effects

Last Updated: Nov 30, 2023

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.

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