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7 Potential 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").

    Good prognosis with treatment

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    painful chest wall lump, large chest lump, pink or red chest bump, non-growing 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.

    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 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.

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

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, fever, pink or red chest bump, painful chest wall lump, large chest lump
    Symptoms that always occur with severe skin abscess:
    pink or red chest bump, red 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.

    5-10 days

    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.

    Will usually resolve within 1 year.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    rib pain, decreased sex drive, painful chest wall lump, hard chest wall lump, movable chest- wall lump
    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

    Resolves with treatment

    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.

    Indefinite

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    unchanged chest bump, small chest lump, 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.What color is the bump?
  • Q.Is the lump on your chest on the surface of the skin or below the skin?
  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?
  • Q.Is there fluid coming out of the bump?

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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
    • 8% Chest Bump
    • 6% Chest Pain
  • People who have experienced painful chest wall lump had symptoms persist for:

    • 43% 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:

    • 36% Skin Abscess
    • 9% Pimple
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

Disclaimer: The article does not replace an evaluation by a physician. Information on this page is provided as an information resource only, and is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic or treatment purposes.

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