Sometimes a bump’s cause may not be obvious, and you may be uncertain if you should seek medical care. If you are concerned, it’s always best to visit with your physician or other qualified care provider for an evaluation. Generally speaking, a bump with these characteristics is of less concern:
- It’s soft.
- You can trace the cause of the bump to a certain injury or activity.
- It moves when touched.
- It gets larger and painful during activity and smaller when you rest.
However, if you find a hard, immovable bump that isn’t sore to the touch, be sure to consult a physician. It’s also a good idea to check with a physician regarding bumps in the breasts or groin, if a bump seems to be getting larger quickly or if you are just concerned.
“If nothing else, a visit with a physician can help ease your concerns,” Dr. Haughton says. “It’s always better to err on the side of caution.”