Lumps, bumps and swellings (overview)
The human body really is a wondrous thing. It is one of the most complex biological mechanisms on earth with a myriad of ever-changing systems.
Fascinating generations through the ages, changes to the human body have been closely looked at, identified, studied, treated and even cured. Some bodily changes that all people experience on occasion are lumps and swellings, just under the surface of the skin, which appear from time to time.
Lumps and swellings under the skin are fairly common. Many of these are relatively harmless and can be left to heal on their own. It is strongly advisable, however, to see a medical professional if you develop a lump or experience swelling to determine the cause. Many lumps are as a direct result of something wrong in the body, and the presence of swelling can be a symptom of a medical problem which may require treatment.
A lump or swelling may also be accompanied by some degree of discomfort or pain. Any swelling or lump that is painful or appears suddenly within a 24 to 48-hour period is likely caused by some or other infection or injury, and should be looked at by a medical professional. (1)
If you note any inflammation (skin around the swollen area or lump that is red in colour with a warm sensation), for instance, the lump or swelling could be as a result of an infection. A medical professional will be able to identify and advise appropriate treatment.
1. Medline Plus. August 2018. Skin Lumps: https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/003279.htm [Accessed 29.08.2018]
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