As we age, a variety of lumps, bumps, and moles start to appear on our skin. “Lumps, bumps, and moles” encompass different kinds of skin growths, such as skin tags, vascular birthmarks, warts, cysts, and more. They often appear on the face, neck, arms, torso, back, legs, and groin. While most of these growths are benign, and it is completely normal for us to develop lumps, bumps, and moles during our lifetime, it is important to keep track of any new growths and schedule regular skin exams with one of our board-certified dermatologists at the Millburn Laser Center in Millburn, New Jersey.
What are Lumps, Bumps and Moles?
Common types of lumps include:
- Cysts — round lumps
- Lipomas — lumps made of fat cells
Common types of bumps include:
- Dermatofibromas — small, hard bumps that resemble mosquito bites
- Hemangiomas — blue, purple, or red bumps caused by too many blood vessels
- Seborrheic keratoses — light to dark colored bumps that look like warts
Moles are collections of melanin-producing cells that form a cluster and reside on the top layer of the skin. They can be flat or raised with colors ranging from black and brown to blue and flesh colored.
Treatment for Lumps, Bumps, and Moles
Treatment will depend on your specific condition, your goals, as well as your dermatologist’s recommendation.
Skin rashes, inflamed bumps, and swelling lymph nodes can be treated with ice packs and baking soda baths. These home remedies will help ease pain and reduce inflammation.
Skin lumps caused by an injury will fade on their own, but if a skin lump is caused by an abscess or infection, antibiotics will be prescribed.
For rashes, warts, and acne bumps, topical skin products containing ingredients such as salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide will be prescribed.
A possible treatment for inflamed bumps, such as cysts, are corticosteroid injections, which are powerful anti-inflammatory drugs.
If topical treatments fail to treat the skin condition, there are procedures that can help, such as:
- Liquid nitrogen
- Chemical peels
- Laser treatments
- UVB light therapy
When skin lumps require drainage, cause pain, or are diagnosed as hazardous to your health, you a more invasive treatment may be the only solution. Surgical removal can be done on cysts, boils, corn, abscesses, and cancerous moles or tumors.
To learn more about lumps, bumps, and moles, visit medlineplus.gov
Schedule a Checkup at Millburn Laser Center
Any lump, bump, or mole on your skin is worth showing to a doctor if you have any concerns. Our team of board-certified dermatologists at the Millburn Laser Center in New Jersey are ready to address your concerns, properly diagnose your skin condition, and create the best treatment plan for you. Contact us at 973.376.8500 to schedule a consultation.
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