There are various skin conditions other than acne. Let’s take the lumps or bumps on the skin for example. They are not the result of acne. Pimples are the most unwanted type of skin bumps we are all familiar with. But, what to do if you find some mysterious bumps on your skin? Should you be worried? it’s a common nature of our hypochondriac mind to make us think of the worst after spotting strange, unidentified skin bumps. Now, before you start panicking about cancer and tumors, it’s time you understand the fact that there are various other skin conditions that can cause bumps or lumps on your skin and most of them are harmless. Let’s read on to find out more.
Reasons of Bumps and lumps
Instead of popping, poking or picking your pumps on your face and skin, you should treat the reason instead.
Ingrown Hairs: Hair removal methods like waxing, shaving or tweezing can promote ingrown hairs. This can result in painful, itchy red bumps that appear, which are similar to pimples. Sometimes, they can also be pus-filled. These sites can eventually become infected with a change in skin color. You may also end up doing more damage by scratching and picking. However, it’s never a good idea for manually forcing to pluck them out.
Treatment: You should apply hydrocortisone. This will effectively reduce the redness, irritation and the itching of the area. Don’t forget to regularly wash the affected area with an exfoliant cleanser. This will help the hair to reach outside the skin’s surface.
Skin Tags: Skin tags are the extra growths of the skin that usually occurs at areas on the skin where most frictions happen, like the armpits, groin and the neck. They are harmless but can cause irritation due to rubbing on the skin or from clothing.
Treatment: Skin tags are usually harmless. However, you should not attempt removing them at home. Consult your dermatologist for removing them using the official methods like cryosurgery, buzzing them off or surgically removing them.
Cold Sore: Cold sores are more like pimples. They are also known as fever blisters. It’s a common viral infection. Certain herpes simplex virus strains cause these issues. They will appear as tiny, fluid-filled blisters that generally appear around the lips.
Treatment: They will go away without any treatment. However, if you have persistent cold sores that don’t go away within weeks or you are experiencing irritation in your eyes, consult your doctor immediately.
Milia (White Bumps): Milia are truly harmless tiny cysts that happens when the deposits of dead skin cells form at the area.
Treatment: They generally clear up on their own. However, if they are bothering you, you can use a retinoid cream that will speed up the smoothing process. You can also schedule an appointment with your dermatologist who can effectively extract it with a heated, sterilized tool.
Keratosis Pilaris: If your skin is covered with small, hard bumps that give the feel of sandpaper, you may have been infected by keratosis pilaris. They are harmless and may look like goosebumps with a rough feeling. They are plugs of dead skin cells which appear most often on the upper arms and thighs. The condition is due to a harmless buildup of keratin, (a substance that forms the base of all horny tissues).
Treatment: Keratosis pilaris generally goes away on its own. There’s no treatment for it. For improving the situation, use a proper moisturizer regularly.
Folliculitis: A common skin infection that develops in hair follicles and can appear anywhere on the skin, but not the palms or soles of the feet. When the hair follicles of the skin become infected, it can trigger a series of red blemishes which contain a hair in the middle. Bacteria, yeast, and other fungi etc. are the most common reasons for folliculitis. You can damage your hair follicles and get an infection when your skin is damp and hot, wearing tight clothing, and from hot tubs and whirlpool.
Treatment: Wait for a couple weeks to let the mild folliculitis go away on its own. If the situation becomes very uncomfortable, you can use compresses of saltwater or by applying medicated shampoos. In the case of serious inflammation, consult with your doctor.
Lipomas: Benign (non-cancerous) tumor which consists of fatty tissue, arising in any part of the body and developing in connective tissue. It is a fatty bump under the skin which feels like a cyst or a pimple.
Treatment: Lipomas may have genetic linkage. They are generally harmless and non-cancerous. However, if they become too big, it can cause pain and discomfort. Your only option is to consult a dermatologist.
Blackheads and Whiteheads: These are the most common bumps on the skin. However, keep your hands as far as possible from these as squeezing or picking them will cause the bacteria to spread over the skin and cause deeper infections, forcing a trauma on the skin.
Treatment: Use topical applications with salicylic acid and retinol. If the condition is bad, you should contact your dermatologist.
Boils: This is a painful nodule formed in the skin by inflammation. These occur most frequently on the neck and buttocks but they may develop wherever friction or irritation, or a scratch or break in the skin, allows the bacteria on the surface to penetrate the skin. When the bacteria gain entrance to the skin, the infection settles in the hair follicles.
Treatment: In most cases, a boil is not serious and can be treated with incision and drainage. A boil on or above the upper lip, on the nose or scalp, or on the outer ear can be serious because the infection has easy access to the brain. It is also dangerous in the armpit, the groin, and the breast of a woman who is nursing. If bacteria from a boil enters the bloodstream, this will result in septicemia.
Check your skin often for skin cancer. Do a self-check of your skin frequently. This will help you to know when something is different. If you notice a spot that looks different from other spots, or it itches or bleeding. See your doctor or dermatologist.
For most of the skin bumps, the long-term outlook is harmless. They don’t cause any harm or temporary conditions that require any treatment. If you are facing long-term conditions or infections, then it’s time to consult with your doctor. Your doctor will perform a test and inspect the bumps on your skin. Don’t forget to share everything about your lifestyle habits, medical history, and the characteristics of your bumps. I do hope this is of help to you.
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