Lumps & Bumps

Diagnosis of small swellings

Unusual lumps & bumps on your skin are usually benign & rarely urgent, but it is always a good idea to see a doctor when you notice something unusual.
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In general, if you have noticed a new growth or lump on or underneath the surface of the skin, it is a good idea to get it checked out & ensure that there is nothing that needs to be treated.

Most lumps & bumps are harmless but it is always best to get a medical opinion.

Lumps & swellings that appear in specific areas of the body also have different causes:

  • On the face, it could be mumps, allergic reactions, or a dental issue
  • On the neck or throat, it could be a swollen gland or goitre
  • Breast, armpit or testicular lumps need to be carefully monitored, as often they are just cysts or lipomas but of course, in some cases can indicate skin cancer
  • Hands & wrists can be prone to ganglion cysts, as can shoulders, which may also develop lipomas


Some of the more common skin conditions that can lead to bumps on the surface of the skin include:

  • Cysts
  • Folliculitis
  • Dermatofibromas
  • Lipomas
  • Cherry angioma
  • Neurofibroma
  • Keratosis pilaris

What to do next?

Please give us a call during office hours, or use our online booking form to make your appointment to get checked by a doctor.

020 7323 1023
Harley Street Area, W1
020 7101 0355
City of London, EC2N