How To Treat Bunions
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A bunion is a deformity that is mainly made up of a lateral deviation of the great toe which enlarges due to a tissue or a bone. It is a serious foot problem. These are formed within the foot and not on the surface of the foot. An arthritic condition and  a result of bone degeneration it is found as  a lump on the outside portion of the big toe. Bunions are seen near the joint of the toe and sometimes  [...]

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Body Lumps – When to Worry – Part I

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Panicking is an involuntary reaction to detecting any form of lump over our body. Even though all unusual formations must be medically evaluated majority of them are basically not detrimental.

Here is specialist advice on when body lumps are a matter of concern and necessary steps to be followed in such scenarios.

Neck Lumps

Causes
Oily cyst formations mostly develop due to sebaceous gland getting clogged and fat accruing which lead to a non-painful lump. Such cysts do not turn malignant.

Therapy
These could be excised surgically after anesthetizing the patient. Swelling in glands could be indicative of infections and might necessitate antibiotic treatment.

Caveat Indications
These might be the foremost signal of blood cancer or cancer in some other body part that has metastasized to other regions or Hodgkin’s disease. However such lump formations usually appear at the sides of the neck and are quite hard-textured.

Thyroid condition leads to a swell-up in mid-region at the neck base surrounding the ‘Adam’s apple’. It is always advisable to seek medical opinion in case any lumps are increasing in size and have been present for over 3 weeks.

Leg Lumps

Causes
Dermatofibromas are tiny, hard, undamaging lumps that proffer a dullish, glistening or flaking appearance to the skin. These are generally around ½ inch diameter-wise and have scar tissues. Largely those people who develop it generally have just a single dermatofibroma but other patients might develop many. These could develop following a small injury like even after a bug-bite or punctured by a sharp object.

Therapy
As they do not cause any harm hence do not necessitate therapy. But, the patient might be given referral to a skin specialist for its removal after being anesthesized in case it is appearing unpleasant or increasing in size. Seldom, they subside sans any intercession, though it rarely occurs.

Caveat Indications
In case lumps or spots over the skin start to bleed or in case the lumps have started to cause pain, itch or are not healing then it might be indicative of skin cancer like squamous cell carcinoma originating as a flaky reddish patches which they harden.

Underarm Lumps

Causes
These lump formations develop due to blockage in hair follicle or swelling in lymph glands or breast tissue. Sebaceous glands blocking up could enlarge and form lumps. Also underarm lymph glands could develop swelling due to some infections or viruses. Females who nurse could additionally develop swelling in underarm area which forms a lump.

Therapy
Swelling in lymph glands are mostly because of some infection. In case it is virus caused there is no particular therapy, but the lumps would have to be medically examined. Swelling in breast tissue might be associated with the period cycle. In case there is blockage in hair follicles it might be infection-ridden hence antibiotics might be necessary.

Caveat Indications
An underarm lump might be indicative of Hodgkin’s disease, breast cancer and typically are soft-textured, rubber-like and somewhat sore and become more painful following intake of alcohol.

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