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Your Shin Lump May Also be Known as:
Bump in shin
Bump in tibia
Bump on shin
Bump on tibia
Lump in shin
Lump in tibia
Lump on shin
Lump on tibia
Mass in shin
Mass in tibia

Top 8 Shin 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 lower leg lump, pink or red lower leg bump, large lower leg lump, lower leg bump leaking yellow/milky fluid, marble-size lower leg lump
    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, painful lower leg lump, pink or red lower leg bump, worsening lower leg redness
    Symptoms that always occur with severe skin abscess:
    pink or red lower leg bump
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room
  3. 3.Mole on the Lower Leg

    Moles are growths on the skin. They happen when pigment cells in the skin, called melanocytes, grow in clusters.

    If you have many moles that you are worried about, you can go see your primary care doctor to follow the moles. However, treatment is only considered if a new mole develops or changes.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    unchanged lower leg bump, black or brown leg bump, small lower leg lump, bump's smooth border, uniformly black/brown lower leg bump
    Symptoms that always occur with mole on the lower leg:
    unchanged lower leg bump, black or brown leg bump
    Urgency:
    Wait and watch
  4. 4.Ringworm (Tinea Corporis)

    Tinea Corporis is a common fungal infection of the skin. This rash is sometimes called "ringworm" and results in ring-shaped redness that is often itchy.

    Ringworm can be treated with topical antifungal ointment such as Lamisil. Apply the ointment directly to the rash and the surrounding skin, and keep the area as dry as possible.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    dry skin, rash, red rash, itchy rash, curved rash
    Symptoms that never occur with ringworm (tinea corporis):
    groin skin changes, fever, scrotal itch, groin itch, facial skin changes, hand skin changes, genital skin changes
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment

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  5. 5.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 lower leg bump, painful lower leg lump, small lower leg lump, marble-size lower leg lump
    Symptoms that always occur with pimple:
    pink or red lower leg bump
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  6. 6.Non - Specific Dermatitis (Skin Inflammation)

    Dermatitis is the inflammation ("-itis") of the skin ("derma" is a layer of the skin). It can be caused by any number of causes, from allergies to infections to autoimmune issues. Dermatitis of Normal Variation (also called, "NOS") means that all of those other causes of your rash have been ruled out. This is very common.

    You can treat this at home and the rash should go away on its own. In the meantime, you can use an anti-histamine (both by mouth OR as an ointment), or a topical corticosteroid to treat the itch and/or pain due to the rash.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    red rash, itchy rash, painful rash
    Symptoms that always occur with non-specific dermatitis (skin inflammation):
    red rash
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  7. 7.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.

    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 out the cyst.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    skin colored mass on lower leg, marble-size lower leg lump, small lower leg lump
    Symptoms that always occur with skin cyst:
    skin colored mass on lower leg
    Urgency:
    Wait and watch
  8. 8.Lipoma

    A lipoma is a noncancerous growth of fatty tissue cells. A lipoma can develop in almost any organ of the body although they are most commonly found in the subcutaneous layer just below the skin.

    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:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    skin colored mass on lower leg, marble-size lower leg lump, small lower leg lump
    Symptoms that always occur with lipoma:
    skin colored mass on lower leg
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Shin Lump

  • Q.Is your bump getting bigger?
  • Q.What color is the bump?
  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?
  • Q.Is your lower leg bump painful to touch?

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Shin Lump Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced shin lump have also experienced:

    • 14% Lower Leg Pain
    • 7% Shin Skin Changes
    • 7% Shin Pain
  • People who have experienced shin lump had symptoms persist for:

    • 39% Over a Month
    • 24% Less Than a Week
    • 14% Less Than a Day
  • People who have experienced shin lump were most often matched with:

    • 11% Skin Abscess

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