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Your Painful Thigh Lump May Also be Known as:
Painful bump in upper leg
Painful lump in upper leg
Painful mass in upper leg

Top 7 Painful Thigh 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 thigh lump, pink or red upper leg bump, marble sized upper leg lump, large upper leg lump, upper leg bump leaking yellow/milky fluid
    Symptoms that never occur with skin abscess:
    fever
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  2. 2.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 upper leg bump, painful thigh lump, growing upper leg bump
    Symptoms that always occur with severe skin abscess:
    pink or red upper leg bump
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room
  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.

    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 upper leg bump, small upper leg lump, painful thigh lump, marble sized upper leg lump
    Symptoms that always occur with pimple:
    pink or red upper leg 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.

    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 upper leg bump, small upper leg lump, painful thigh lump, marble sized upper leg lump
    Symptoms that always occur with boil (furuncle):
    pink or red upper leg bump
    Symptoms that never occur with boil (furuncle):
    fever
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  5. 5.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:
    skin-colored upper leg bump, painful thigh lump, small upper leg lump, marble sized upper leg lump, upper leg itch
    Urgency:
    Wait and watch
  6. 6.Benign Bony Growth (Osteochondroma)

    An osteochondroma is a non-cancerous growth that usually develops during childhood or adolescence. It is a benign tumor that forms on the surface of a bone near the growth plate.

    You should visit your primary care physician for X-Ray evaluation. In most cases this condition is treated by careful observation over time to make sure the tumor does not grow. Surgery is considered if the osteochondroma causes pain, puts pressure on a nearby nerve or blood vessel, or has a large cap of cartilage.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    numbness in one arm, numbness in one thigh, swelling of one arm, hip deformity, swollen knee
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  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:
    unchanged upper leg bump, small upper leg lump
    Symptoms that always occur with cherry angioma:
    small upper leg lump, cherry red upper leg bump, unchanged upper leg bump
    Symptoms that never occur with cherry angioma:
    painful thigh lump
    Urgency:
    Wait and watch

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Painful Thigh Lump

  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?
  • Q.Is there something coming out of the bump?
  • Q.Do you have a rash?
  • Q.Have you been feeling more tired than usual, lethargic or fatigued despite sleeping a normal amount?

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Painful Thigh Lump Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced painful thigh lump have also experienced:

    • 15% Fatigue
    • 15% Muscle Aches
    • 7% Hard Thigh Lump
  • People who have experienced painful thigh lump had symptoms persist for:

    • 37% Over a Month
    • 27% Less Than a Week
    • 14% Less Than a Day
  • People who have experienced painful thigh lump were most often matched with:

    • 40% Skin Abscess
    • 30% 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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