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lump has appearedin the scar, its quite painful?

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Hi, i woke up this morning and noticed i had a weird looking lump on my stomach that wasnt there yesterday. I had my appendix removed years ago and the lump has appeared right in the middle of the old scar, its quite painful. The lump is red around the edges and brown in the middle and it sticks out quite a lot. I've never had anything like this before and i am just wondering should i be concerned?

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replied October 29th, 2011
Skin Answer A27969

Welcome to the ehealthforum and I am really glad to help you out.

This lump can be a boil, cyst or a hypertrophic scar or keloid. In hypertrophic scar, the scar is red and thickened, but confined to the margin of the wound. Keloids are raised and look shiny and dome-shaped and can be pink or red.

Boils are caused by infection of the hair follicle by staph aureus. Apply warm compresses and topical antibiotics on the boil and keep the area clean. Also take some over the counter pain reliever and consult a doctor for examination and antibiotics prescription.

It is very difficult to precisely confirm a diagnosis without examination and investigations and the answer is based on the medical information provided. For exact diagnosis, you are requested to consult your doctor. I sincerely hope that helps. Take care.

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