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Having lump inside arm. On is small, soft and other is hard and big. Suggest some cure

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I have a lump on the inside of my left arm. In the crease. Another one right below it. One in crease is soft, about big as a small ball. The other one is a little bigger & is hard.
Posted Wed, 22 Aug 2012 in Bones, Muscles and Joints
Answered by Dr. Michelle Gibson James 1 hour later

When you say in the crease of your arm, do you mean at the axilla or at the level of the elbow?

The possible causes of lumps in the arm: (1) trauma resulting in swelling (2) infection can lead to a collection of pus or result in swelling usually associated with redness as well and increasing warmth in the area (3) lymph node (4) lipoma (5) fibroma which is a non cancerous lump made up of scar tissue this is usually firm or hard to touch, as well as nonpainful (6) cysts which are sacs with a collection of fluid, usually non cancerous (6) haematoma which is a collection of blood that can result from trauma (7) due to joint disease such as osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis.Any enlargment of bone is usually hard.

Lymph nodes are found in various parts of the body and are responsible for fighting infections in the areas that they are located. An enlarged lymph node would occur if there is nearby infection, if the lymph node itself is inflammed or infected or it can be an indication of a more serious blood disorder. They are usually firm to touch, not painful (unless the node itself is infected or inflammed) and can vary in size. When detected doctors usually assess the size, look for a possible infection that could be causing enlargment- if found may moniter and recheck for size changes, do blood tests to see if there are any serious reasons for enlargement.

Lymph nodes are also found at the inner aspect of the elbow.

A lipoma is a collection of fat that can be found at any part of the body, they usually have a soft feel to them when examined. They are usually not painful and tend not to grow beyond 2 inches. You can have more than one lipoma.
They do not usually require treatment unless they become painful or the person is unable to tolerate them.

To accurately diagnose a lump , your doctor would not the exact position, check the size, movement of the lump, note the shape,whether it is tender to touch, red, any discharge if it appears to be as a result of an infection.
He or she would need a full history: when first noted, any change in size, any other lumps elsewhere, any pain, any other medical symptoms.

You should see your doctor if you remain concerned

I hope this information is helpful to you, wishing you the best.
Feel free to ask any additional questions if any of the information remains unclear.
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