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Boil, sensitive, suspecting lipoma, weight lift and back pressure frequent, protein shakes, energy drinks

Hello! How can you tell the difference between a boil or a lipoma? I am a 21 year old college student who generally weight lifts and pressure on my mid-back is quite frequent. Additionally, I drink many supplements including protein shakes and energy drinks. For this reason, I have concluded it is most likely lipoma. However, from what I have researched, lipoma is generally genetic and soft to touch. My bump is sensitive when touched and sweat build up and poor hygiene may have resulted in a boil. Also, there are no additional bumps around my body, therefore leading me to believe it may be a boil. Any help would be great! Thank you!
Asked On : Tue, 1 May 2012
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A boil is usually tender and painful to touch whereas a lipoma is usually painless unless it has nerve involvement. Your history suggests more towards a boil rather than a lipoma. If the boil is mild then antibiotics may be sufficient. But if it is bigger with lot of pus inside them you may need a surgical procedure to let out the pus. Lipoma s usually does not need surgical removal unless it is very big or for cosmesis. All the best.

Dr. Mohammed Ibrahim
Surgical Oncologist
Answered: Tue, 1 May 2012
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