Lipomas are caused when a lump of fat begins to grow on the soft tissues of the body.
Lipomas are those bulges in the skin which are soft and rubbery. Lipomas are caused when a lump of fat begins to grow on the soft tissues of the body. Lipomas are very common and usually appear in upper parts of the body, arms or thighs. Lipomas are common among middle aged men and women, but usually they run in families. Often, lipomas appear after an injury. Initially, they appear as soft and small lumps. They are about 2 inches wide and don't cause any pain or irritation.
When to call a doctor
Any strange lump or swelling in the body should be diagnosed by a doctor. You should be sure if the lipoma is harmless or there is something more serious to this strange swelling in your body. In some rare cases, lipomas grow inside the body in internal organs or muscles. They might cause pain and need to be removed surgically.
How is lipoma diagnosed
A physical exam is done by the doctor in order to diagnose lipoma. S/he make sure that it is a lipoma by feeling that it is soft and does not cause any pain. It is easy to move lipomas because they are made up of fatty tissues.
To diagnose a cancerous lipoma, a biopsy is done. A small portion of the tissue is taken to medically check if there are any cancerous cells. However lipomas and liposarcomas are quite different from each other because the former is not painful and the latter is quite painful and grows under the skin at a much faster pace. Further testing of liposarcomas is done by MRI and CT scans.
Treatment of lipoma
Lipomas usually don't bother a person. But in case they do, they are treated on the basis of their size. Surgery, liposuction and steroid injections are the common ways to treat lipomas.
However, there are a few natural treatments for lipomas. These natural treatments involve the use of some herbs and spices.
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