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Content updated on May 23, 2022


They are abnormal tissue growths that develop under the skin.

When to See a Doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Lumps under the skin

Possible Causes

  • Soft fibroma

    Soft fibromas are benign tumours that consist of fibrous or connective tissue. They are commonly found in the neck and the armpit areas. The cause is unknown but friction and irritation to affected areas are believed to play a part in its development.

  • Epidermoid cyst

    Sometimes known as sebaceous cysts. These are harmless bumps under the skin that are more common in men. There are a few causes including injury or surgery.

  • Sebaceous hyperplasia

    ‌Sebaceous hyperplasia is a skin condition that occurs when the sebaceous glands (oil glands) produce too much oil, which may get trapped under the skin resulting in bumps. It becomes more common with older age.

  • Prurigo (chronic and acute prurigo, prurigo gestationis, prurigo pigmentosa, polymorphic pregnancy rash, etc.)
  • Clavus

  • Dyslipidemia
  • Gouty tophus

  • Ganglion cyst
  • Atopic dermatitis

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Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom

  • Do you feel a lump/lumps under your skin?

  • Do you have a lump with a black spot or hair follicle in the center?

  • Is there a shiny or waxy, pearl-like lump on the skin?

  • Do you have yellow or red lumps/bumps on your skin?

  • Do you have hard, reddish-brown lumps or bumps on the skin?

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