Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Overview Risk Factors Symptoms Evaluation Treatment questions for doctor specialist Home Care warning signs Prevention Underlying Cause Anatomy

Lump on Skin Home Care

Home care for a skin lesion includes:

  • Wear clothing that blocks the sun's rays.
  • Use sunscreen if you are out in the sun for more than 30 minutes.
  • Use a sunscreen that protects against UVA.
  • Stay out of the sun between 10 AM and 4 PM, when the sun's rays are strongest.
  • Perform regular skin self-examinations
    • Skin areas that are often exposed to the sun are at highest risk for skin cancer.
    • See your doctor for changes in color, size, or overall appearance of skin lesions.
    • See your doctor for new or unusual skin lesions.
  • Take prescription medications as directed.
  • See a dermatologist regularly.

Lump on Skin Warning Signs

Notify your doctor if you have a skin lesion and any of the following:

  • Worsening skin swelling
  • Worsening skin tenderness
  • Worsening skin redness
  • Increase in size of the lesion
  • New mole in someone older than 40
  • Moles with the following:
    • Asymmetry: one side does not look like the other
    • Bleeding or cracking
    • Inconsistent coloration
    • Irregular margins: borders with jagged or notched edges
    • New skin lump in any location
    • Rapid change in size or shape

Continue to Lump on Skin Prevention

Last Updated: Jan 4, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
Copyright DSHI Systems, Inc. Powered by: FreeMD - Your Virtual Doctor

PubMed Lump on Skin References
  1. Day GR, Barbour RH. Automated skin lesion screening--a new approach. Melanoma Res. 2001 Feb;11(1):31-5. [11254113]
  2. Liu HN, Perry HO. Identifying a common--and benign--geriatric skin lesion. Geriatrics. 1986 Jul;41(7):71-3, 76. [3721204]
  3. Marks VJ. Actinic keratosis. A premalignant skin lesion. Otolaryngol Clin North Am. 1993 Feb;26(1):23-35. [8433840]
  4. Ollstein RN. Skin lesions in the elderly: precancer and cancer. Care Manag J. 2004 Summer;5(2):107-11. [16047916]
FreeMD is provided for information purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for evaluation and treatment by a physician. Please review our terms of use.