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Your Painful Chest Wall Lump May Also be Known as:
Painful bump in chest
Painful lump in chest
Painful mass in chest

Top 7 Painful Chest Wall Lump Causes

  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").

    You should visit your primary care physician or an urgent care clinic today or tomorrow. Treatment of an abscess includes incision and drainage. It is likely you will be prescribed antibiotics as well. Surgery may be required to get rid of the whole abscess after inflammation has died down. Do not drain the abscess yourself.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    painful chest wall lump, pink or red chest bump, non-growing chest lump, large chest lump, yellow or white chest bump
    Symptoms that never occur with skin abscess:
    fever
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  2. 2.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.

    Though some cases of acne prompt patients to visit a dermatologist, most cases can be treated with proper hygiene and over-the-counter medications. Look for products containing benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    pink or red chest bump, painful chest wall lump, small chest lump, non-growing chest lump
    Symptoms that always occur with pimple:
    pink or red chest bump
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  3. 3.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.

    You should head to the nearest ER by car since your infection seems like it might be spreading. It is likely that you will be prescribed antibiotics. Surgery may be required to get rid of the whole abscess after the inflammation has died down. Do not drain the abscess yourself.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, fever, pink or red chest bump, painful chest wall lump, non-growing chest lump
    Symptoms that always occur with severe skin abscess:
    pink or red chest bump
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room

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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.

    Boils typically drain by themselves. You can help by putting a warm compress (be careful not to burn yourself). If things don't get better, go see a doctor who might drain it for you.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    pink or red chest bump, painful chest wall lump, small chest lump, non-growing chest lump
    Symptoms that always occur with boil (furuncle):
    pink or red chest bump
    Symptoms that never occur with boil (furuncle):
    fever
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  5. 5.Enlarged 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.

    Contact your primary care physician for evaluation. As gynecomastia may be a side effect of medications, recreational drugs, or diet rich in hormones (e.g. milk or meat from estrogen-treated cows), consider evaluating and discontinuing the use of any of the above.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    rib pain, decreased sex drive, painful chest wall lump, pain on the tip of the nose, movable chest- wall lump
    Symptoms that never occur with enlarged breasts (gynecomastia):
    severe rib pain
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  6. 6.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

    You do not need treatment for this condition because it is completely benign; however, if the lesion changes at all, a doctor should be consulted. If you would like it removed, a doctor can cut, freeze, or burn it off.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    lump below the skin on the chest, skin-colored chest bump, small chest lump, non-growing chest lump, painful chest wall lump
    Symptoms that always occur with dermatofibroma:
    lump below the skin on the chest
    Symptoms that never occur with dermatofibroma:
    nipple discharge
    Urgency:
    Wait and watch
  7. 7.Cherry Angioma

    A cherry angioma is a noncancerous (benign) skin growth made up of blood vessels.

    You do not need to see a doctor for a cherry angioma. If you want to get rid of the spot, a doctor can prescribe propranolol, topical beta-blockers, and systemic corticosteroids on a case-by-case basis.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    small chest lump, unchanged chest bump, cherry red chest bump
    Symptoms that always occur with cherry angioma:
    small chest lump, cherry red chest bump, unchanged chest bump
    Symptoms that never occur with cherry angioma:
    painful chest wall lump
    Urgency:
    Wait and watch

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Painful Chest Wall Lump

  • Q.Compared to a marble, how big is this bump?
  • Q.How long have you had the bump?
  • Q.What color is 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:

    • 28% Chest Pain That Gets Worse When Breathing or Coughing
    • 14% Sharp Rib Pain
    • 14% Pain in the Lower Right Abdomen
  • People who have experienced painful chest wall lump had symptoms persist for:

    • 46% Over a Month
    • 22% Less Than a Week
    • 11% One to Two Weeks
  • People who have experienced painful chest wall lump were most often matched with:

    • 15% Skin Abscess
    • 15% Pimple

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