Lumps & Bumps
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Lumps & Bumps
When it comes to lumps and bumps, the condition can be pretty difficult to identify simply because cysts, abscesses and lipomas all have one common feature: they cause a lump or bump on the skin.
Here’s an easier way for you to identify these various types of skin lumps and seek treatment where necessary
A skin lipoma is a soft, fatty growth which develops under your skin. It can be found anywhere on your body, but usually forms on your neck, shoulders or back. A lipoma typically feels soft and does not cause any pain.
A lipoma also occurs just under the skin, is soft to the touch and moves easily if prodded with the finger. Other distinct features of a lipoma include it being pale and colourless and grows very slowly.
A sebaceous cyst is a small lump or bump on the skin which is non-cancerous. It is most frequently found on the face, neck, upper chest and upper back. However, they can occur anywhere else on the skin.
Usually, a sebaceous cyst grows gradually and does not cause any pain. However, they may become infected or inflamed, and the overlying skin turns red, sore and tender. A bad-smelling, cheese-like material can sometimes also drain from your cyst. In these cases, treatment can reduce the discomfort you experience and improve the appearance of your skin.
A skin abscess is a bump on your skin which contains a collection of pus. It usually develops from a skin infection or the introduction of foreign matter under your skin. A typical skin abscess is painful, swollen and warm when you touch it. The skin surrounding your abscess appears pink or red. Skin abscesses may occur in any part of your skin. Common places of skin abscess include your underarms and groins, face, chest, back and buttocks.
It is important to note that though unlike skin cysts which are fluid-filled lumps which are not infected, skin abscesses are infected areas of skin. It is possible for skin abscesses to develop from skin cysts.
Any new lumps or bumps that you develop should be brought to the attention of a medical professional. While rare, lumps and bumps can be an indication of cancer (lymphomas or metastatic cancer from other sites), infections such as cat-scratch fever, or old trauma scars and other problems.
Although it is impossible to know what something is until it is out and looked at under the microscope, doctors are usually able to determine if the lesion is a classic cyst, lipoma, or abscess and whether it needs to be biopsied or removed.
I had a lipoma on my neck which bothered me for a long time. Dr Ganesh was able to give me good advice on whether I needed to have it removed and in the end I decided to opt for the removal since I couldn’t stand the sight of it.
Surprisingly, the procedure was not as painful as I imagined and Dr Ganesh was very meticulous in how he approached my condition. Throughout the experience, I didn’t feel that I was merely a patient but a friend as he kept the consultation very conversational. I appreciated that I was nervous about having the treatment.
Now, with the lipoma gone, I am feeling better, and definitely happier. Thank you Dr Ganesh and the team at G&L!
Had a 2 cm skin cyst removed from my back by Dr Ganesh. As it was the first time going for an opt, I was nervous at first but staff Jiaxin assured me that everything was fine. True enough, the experience was amazing. Dr Ganesh knew exactly what to do and throughout the procedure, he talked to me to help me feel less nervous. The G&L team also wore a huge smile whenever they saw me and that helped me feel comfortable and relaxed when I was there. In fact, the surgery was almost painless too. If you are looking for a clinic to trust, I highly recommend you go to G&L clinic, they are the best!
I had a lipoma on my shoulder that needed removing as I could feel the pain whenever I carried a bag against my back. I found Dr Ganesh online and scheduled an appointment with him the next day.
I could tell he had the experience because everything I was worried about such as scarring, he managed to have them explained. I felt at ease with his advice and his staff were also very reassuring in guiding me on caring for the wound after the treatment.
Thank you Jiaxin for being so patient in tending to my wound.
Thank you to Dr Ganesh and the G&L team for doing a wonderful job too! Keep it up!
Dr Ganesh is a doctor that cares with a heart. He knows that I was worried about the cysts on my neck getting bigger and arranged for me to be seen on the same day I called. His team was prepared for my arrival and went through my registration swiftly. I liked how efficient they are and it helps make me feel I’m in good hands.
After seeing Dr Ganesh, I got to know I have a lipoma which is non-cancerous but I can remove it if it bothers me.
I got it removed the same week since I was paranoid. It’s a week after and I like the prompt follow up from his team to ensure that I am recovering well. This is the standard that all healthcare providers should have.
Highly recommend them if you are looking for a trusted and professional clinic!
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Specialist in General Surgery
As a strong proponent of treating the patient holistically instead of just their condition, Dr Ganesh Ramalingam advises patients as to how they can manage their daily habits and diets to lead healthier lifestyles. As a consultant with G&L Surgical Clinic specialising in General Surgery, he sees many patients with conditions related to the stomach and is skilled in bariatric surgery, upper GI and hernia surgery, advanced laparoscopic surgery, endoscopies, and trauma.
G&L Surgical Clinic offers comprehensive financing services to ensure a seamless and pleasant experience for patients with both corporate and personal insurance plans. This includes the option of a Cashless Service, where you can be admitted for treatment with no payment needed at admission or discharge.