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A.I. Health Assistant Causes for Painful Chest Wall Lump

The list below shows results from the use of our A.I. Health Assistant by Buoy users who experienced painful chest wall lump. This list does not constitute medical advice.

  1. 1.Skin Abscess

    A skin abscess is an infection of the deeper skin that's typically due to bacteria seen on the skin. Recently, infections are more frequently caused by Staph. Aureus (puts the "staph" in "staph infections"), which is dangerous and requires treatment.

    Good prognosis with treatment

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    rash with bumps or blisters, red rash, red skin bump larger than 1/2 cm in diameter, pus-filled rash, rash
    Symptoms that always occur with skin abscess:
    rash with bumps or blisters
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  2. 2.Skin Cyst

    An epidermoid cyst is a closed sac under the skin filled with a cheese-like or oily material. It is caused by trauma or surgery.

    Resolves with treatment

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    skin-colored armpit bump, marble sized armpit lump, small armpit lump
    Symptoms that always occur with skin cyst:
    skin-colored armpit bump
    Urgency:
    Wait and watch
  3. 3.Pimple

    Acne, also known as pimples, occurs when hair follicles become clogged with oil & dead skin cells. Acne is extremely common and ranges from mild to severe.

    The severity of the acne dictates treatment-type and duration. With proper treatment, acne should resolve in weeks to months. In some cases, acne is a long-term condition.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    pink or red facial bump, small facial lump, painful facial bump, marble sized facial lump
    Symptoms that always occur with pimple:
    pink or red facial bump
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment

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  4. 4.Boil (Furuncle)

    Boils are infections of a hair follicle that creates a small pocket of inflammation full of pus. It's typically caused by a common bacteria called S. Aureus.

    5-10 days

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    pink or red facial bump, small facial lump, painful facial bump, marble sized facial lump, constant skin changes
    Symptoms that always occur with boil (furuncle):
    pink or red facial bump
    Symptoms that never occur with boil (furuncle):
    fever
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  5. 5.Enlarged Male Breasts (Gynecomastia)

    Gynecomastia is the swelling of breast tissue in boys in men, which may be caused by an imbalance of the hormones estrogen and testosterone. It is generally not a serious problem and is normal during puberty.

    Will usually resolve within 1 year.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    rib pain, decreased sex drive, painful chest wall lump, hard chest wall lump, pain on the tip of the nose
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  6. 6.Severe Skin Abscess

    A skin abscess is an infection of the deeper skin that's typically due to bacteria seen on the skin. Recently, infections are more frequently caused by Staph. Aureus (puts the "staph" in "staph infections"). If the infection begins to spread, urgent treatment is required.

    92-96% resolve with treatment within 7-10 days

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, fever, painful neck lump, marble-size neck lump, pink or red neck bump
    Symptoms that always occur with severe skin abscess:
    pink or red neck bump, red bump
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room
  7. 7.Dermatofibroma

    Dermatofibroma (superficial benign fibrous histiocytoma) is a common cutaneous nodule of unknown etiology that occurs more often in women. Dermatofibroma frequently develops on the extremities (mostly the lower legs) and is usually asymptomatic, although pruritus and tenderness can be present

    Resolves with treatment

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    small facial lump, pink or red facial bump, face itch, skin-colored facial bump, painful facial bump
    Urgency:
    Wait and watch

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Painful Chest Wall Lump

  • Q.What color is the bump?
  • Q.Is the lump on your chest on the surface of the skin or below the skin?
  • Q.Is there fluid coming out of the bump?
  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?

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Painful Chest Wall Lump Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced painful chest wall lump have also experienced:

    • 12% Rib Pain
    • 7% Chest Bump
    • 5% Hard Chest Wall Lump
  • People who have experienced painful chest wall lump had symptoms persist for:

    • 42% Over a Month
    • 24% Less Than a Week
    • 12% Less Than a Day
  • People who have experienced painful chest wall lump were most often matched with:

    • 80% Skin Abscess
    • 20% Pimple
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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