Bumps on Fingers, Near Nail, Pictures, Itchy, Hurt, under Skin, Causes, Treatment & Remedies

Bumps on fingers are localized swelling occurring anywhere on your fingers. The lumps could occur near nail, under the skin or all over your hand. This kind of bumps can also be described as nodules, contusion, tumor or cyst. Somme of these bumps ay be itchy, and hurt causing a lot of pain and discomfort.

In this topic, we provide you with some pictures to illustrate how the bumps look like, a list of  what  might  cause these lumps, treatment option available and some natural remedies you might use to get rid of the of the bump and offer relief for pain and other symptoms.

Small Bumps on Fingers
Small Bumps on Fingers under Skin

Bumps on fingers under skin

Bumps, cyst and pimple can occur on any part of the body. Bumps on finger under skin are more likely to be a blind pimple. Pimples can be unpleasant, unlike normal pimple, a blind pimple occurring under skin can be more painful. This is because they occur deep inside skin closer to the nerves.

A bump under the skin is often caused as a result of overactive sebaceous glands under the skin the skin that produces excess oil resulting in the clogging of skin pores n your finger. When the bump is a blind pimple, it lacks the typical white head that a common pimple has as it remains under the surface of the skin.

A blind pimple or bump under the skin will often grow on the nose, behind the ear and anywhere around the nose. This bump can also grow on any part of the skin with sebaceous glands. The bumps are in most cases red n color, contain no pus and will often vary in size from one person to the other. To reduce the risk of bacterial and fungal infection on fingers, you should not try to pop or drain the bump.

Bump under the skin can be soothed by, applying a warm compress on fingers. A warm compress promotes blood circulation around the area of your finger with the under skin bump. The increased circulation will speed up the healing process by bringing on the bump’s head.

Bumps on fingers causes

The possible causes of these bumps will range from infection, inflammation, tumors or traumas. Depending on what the underlying cause of the finger lump is, it may grow rapidly or slowly, you may develop multiple or single bumps on the finger or the bump may be hard or soft. Here are some examples of bumps that might occur on your finger.

  • Callus this is a bump of thickened and hardened part of the skin especially in an area subjected to friction. When occurring on the finger, this bump is what if often called a writer’s bump.
  • Benign cyst is a non-cancerous bump filled with fluids, air, and other materials. This kind of bumps can occur anywhere in the body.
  • Stress bumps on finger are small itchy blisters that develop on the finger as a result of a certain type of dermatitis known as dyshidrotic eczema. These bumps may last for around three weeks and are related to allergies and stress
  • Gout and rheumatoid arthritis
  • Malignant hand tumor  
  • Ganglion cyst is a soft tissue lump associated with any joints. This bump will in most cases occur on, around or near joints and tendons of the hands or feet. They are caused by the leakage of fluids from the joint into the surrounding tissues.
  • Boil, these are red painful lumps on skin
  • Eczema bumps on fingers, just like stress bumps, these bumps are also caused by a certain form of dermatitis.

Bumps between fingers from writing

It is also possible for your finger to develop bumps between them from writing. This kind of bumps are known as writer’s callus or simply as writer’s bumps. These bumps are a thick lump of dead skin that forms between fingers to protect sensitive skin underneath. This bump helps protect against the pressure from rubbing against the pen and your skin.

Writer’s bumps or bumps from writing are your body’s protection mechanism against friction. These bumps are generally no painful or dangerous. Here are some simple painless ways to cure this kind of bumps:

  • Reduce the amount of stress you use when writing or holding a pen
  • You can provide extra protection to your hand by wearing a soft glove or use a moleskin as padding
  • To help soften the thick protective of dead skin cells on fingers, you need to soak your hand in warm soapy water for around 10 minutes
  • When the callus are occurring closer to the nails, you can rub the dead skin off with a nail file
  • Finally, you can apply a mild moisturizer to soften the bump
  • Seek immediate medical attention if the bumps become painful, or filled with blood.

Bumps on fingers pictures

Depending on what the underlying cause of a bump is, bumps on finger ill vary in terms of shape, size, and color. Some people will experience very painful bumps whereas other may have painless bumps. It is also very possible for some people to have bumps that itchy and irritate the fingers making it very hard to perform simple activities.

Clear Bumps on Fingers Picture
Clear Bumps on Fingers Picture

Moos of the bumps will be filled with fluids, blood or pus that protect the skin and the tissues under the skin from more damage. Popping this kind of bumps is a wrong idea because you open your skin up for a possible infection, and the bump may get very painful and take long to heal.

Throughout this article, we have provided more images of how different bumps will look like. NOTE the images are for illustration and cannot be used to substitute a physical medical diagnosis.

Bumps on fingers not itchy

Dermatologists say that it is very common for both malignant and benign tumors of the skin, soft tissue or of bone to appear on fingers. Bumps on fingers that are not itchy can be a possible sign of either malignant or benign tissue growth. To rule out the possibility of cancer, a biopsy or surgical removal of the bump is most recommended.

According to Medscape’s Benjamin W Beckert MD and Joseph A Molnar, MD, Ph.D., lump and bump at hand are quite common. The say that most of the times the bumps are often benign tumors. They say that a high index of suspicion is always imperative to avoid the misdiagnosis of a malignant tumor.

Close to 2% of all tumors that occur on hand and fingers are malignant. A malignant tumor is that with the ability to invade and destroy nearby tissue, meaning the tumor is able to spread to other parts of the body. Primary malignant tissue can further be subdivided into skin tumors, musculoskeletal tumor and soft tissue tumors.

Bumps on my fingers itchy

Bumps on the finger may or may not be itchy. Some of this bumps may be chronic, they often come and go. This is common if no medical treatment is used. Dyshidrotic eczema is a common cause of this kind of bumps. They have slightly raised bumps that appear on fingers and palm. These bumps do not hurt when left alone but they can get very painful and itchy when touched.

Itchy Bumps on Fingers
Itchy Bumps on Fingers

Bhupinder Kaur, MD, advice that to get rid of dyshidrotic eczema bumps on fingers, you will need to:

  • Wash the affected parts of hand several times with fresh running water
  • Avoid any osmotic products harsh or mild on the affected site
  • To soothe the skin and reduce the pain, itching, and irritation caused by dermatitis, you will need to apply calamine lotion, or a prescribed topical ointment on the finger and your palm
  • You could take some over the counter oral antihistamine medication
  • For mild cases of eczema, a weak steroid medication can be used
  • Since the condition can be exacerbated by dry skin, you need to use a good quality skin moisturizer to make sure your skin remains hydrated without losing and moisture
  • If after a week the symptoms still persist, please have a professional health care provider do some clinical examinations.

Bumps on fingers near nail

A bump appearing on finger near nail is most likely to be a writer’s callus also called a writer’s bump. This bumps are common and occur as a result of friction between your skin and the pen. There are common in people who apply a lot of stress when writing or those who use a pen for long.

Bump on Finger near Nail
Bump on Finger near Nail

Writer’s bumps near nail are common, harmless and painless unless popped. These bumps are body’s mechanism of protection against damage to the underlying soft tissues on hands. You can use a nail fail to get rid of this bumps near the nails.

Since the skin cell forming the callus is already dead, getting rid of the bump is not painful. Using a nail file, gently grind down the bump, you need to be careful not to grind down so deeply that you hit the sensitive skin underneath. You need to do this repeatedly until the bump are gone for good.

For those with diabetes, you need to avoid using a pumice stone, it increases the risk of an infection. You should also not cut or clip the bump as that increase the risk of you hurting your sensitive skin cells underneath the bump.

Bumps on joint of fingers that hurt

Unless infected most of the bumps occurring on the finger will be painless and harmless and do not hurt. To reduce the risk of an infection spreading to other parts of the body, it is advised to have a dermatologist look at the bump to establish what the underlying cause could be.

If you, however, have bumps on your finger that hurt, then that could possibly mean you are suffering from a type of dermatitis known as dyshidrosis. Dyshidrosis is a type of dermatitis characterized by itchy blisters on the palms of the hand and the bottoms of the feet. The blisters are generally small and might heal in the cause of some weeks.

Bumps on joint of the finger that hurt and is caused by this type of dermatitis will have the following symptoms:

  • Small blisters appearing on tips and sides of finger
  • Opaque and deep-seated blisters
  • The bumps may itch, cause pain or in rare cases produce no symptoms at all
  • The bumps may ooze out fluids (serum)
  • You are likely to observe a pitted appearance of the nails on the affected fingers and toe

Hard bumps on fingers under skin with clear liquid

Hard bumps on fingers under the skin with clear liquid can possibly be a skin cyst. According to WebMD, skin cysts are noncancerous, closed pockets of tissue filled with fluids or other material. Cysts are common and can appear anywhere on the skin. Cyst may feel like large peas under the skin when felt with a finger.

Hard Bumps on Fingers
Hard Bumps on Fingers

A skin cyst on finger can develop as a result of an infection, clogging of the sebaceous glands. This type of bumps are harmless and may go away without any need for treatment. It is, however, hard to tell whether the bump occurring on your finger is need a cyst or a different condition that require urgent medication. It is important to have a dermatologist examine the bump for proper diagnosis.

When the bump on finger is a skin cyst,

  • Do not pop the bump, as you increase the risk of getting infected
  • To reduce the inflammation and increase the healing process, you can apply a simple warm compress repeatedly until the swelling stops
  • Seek immediate medical attention if the cyst becomes painful, itchy or irritating this could be signs that the bump o finger is infected

Treatment for Bumps on Fingers under Skin

The treatment for bumps on fingers under the skin or on the surface of the skin will vary depending on what the underlying cause of the bump is. Most of the skin bumps will, however, require no treatment. This includes bumps such as skin cyst, lipomas, and blind pimple. Other such as cancer can be life threatening and as such immediate medical attention is required.

Most of finger bumps will be accompanied by symptoms such as itching, swelling, pain and inflammation. To relieve this symptom, a topical ointment for itching and inflammation may be applied. Corticosteroids may be used to bring down the swelling whereas oral or topical antibiotics can be used in cases of bacterial infection resulting from the bumps.

How to get rid of bump on Finger

Bumps on the finger can make it hard for you to perform your duties the way you have to. With this kind of bumps, it becomes hard to perform a simple task like writing or typing. Here are some tips you can use to get rid of bumps on finger fast:

a) Nail file

For hard writer’s bumps on finger near the nail, you can simply get rid of the by gently grinding them with a nail file. When using a nail fail, you need to be very careful not to hurt the healthy tissue underneath the bumps.

b) Warm compress

Applying a warm compress on the bump on finger increases the rate of blood circulation around the bumps. The increased circulation of blood bring different nutrients which speed up the healing process of the bumps on finger

c) Toothpaste for bumps on finger under skin

For bumps under the skin or a blind pimple, applying toothpaste may help shrink them thus getting rid of them. When using toothpaste, you need to be careful not to hurt your skin by using toothpaste containing chemical substances that could be reactive to your skin.

d) Honey

Raw honey is a great antiseptic agent with antimicrobial properties that may work to fight bacterial infection of a blind pimple and other bumps occurring under the skin surface. Honey may also prevent scarring as it works as a deep cleansing agent when used on infected bumps on fingers.

e) Lemon juice

As mentioned, most of the bumps occurring on finger are harmless and can be treated at home. You can use the citric acid contained in lemon juice to dry out a blind pimple on finger. Lemon juice is also a great cleanser, it can thus be used to remove bacterial, dirt and speed up the healing process of a bump on finger and other parts of the body.

Sources and Reference

  1. Lump in on finger: https://www.healthgrades.com/symptoms/finger-lump
  2. Bump on finger: http://www.lightskincure.org/bumps/bumps-on-fingers-itchy-painful-hard-red-small-get-rid/
  3. Small, red, Dot spots, bumps on fingers: http://www.doctorslounge.com/dermatology/forums/backup/topic-16264.html
  4. Small itchy eczema bumps on hands, fingers and elbow: http://www.doctorslounge.com/dermatology/forums/backup/topic-16264.html
  5. Malignant hand tumor: http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1286560-overview#a3
  6. Cyst, lumps, bumps and your skin: http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/guide/cysts-lumps-bumps#1

1 COMMENT

  1. start quote ~ Bumps on my fingers itchy

    Bumps on the finger may or may not be itchy. Some of this bumps may be chronic, they often come and go. This is common if no medical treatment is used. Dyshidrotic eczema is a common cause of this kind of bumps. They have slightly raised bumps that appear on fingers and palm. These bumps do not hurt when left alone but they can get very painful and itchy when touched. /quote

    My 2 Cents: (Hope I can be of help) Something has helped me with my cheiropompholyx, diagnosed by 3 doctors, though only one called it cheiropompholyx, which I appreciated a direct answer going beyond the basic term of eczema.
    My husband installed a salt water~ water tank.. There’s salt in my water in the sinks and tubs/showers.. Keeps my bumps down unless I get to sweating too much again.. They get worse when there’s too much moisture, which is why they used to think sweating caused it.. Moisture seems to cause it. As it dries, it flakes and the bumps can even merge and become bigger bumps before they dry out. There are other solutions you can soak you hands in to dry them out. (Wikipedia)

    The salt in the water I’ve never seen. We just tried it and the breakouts were less often & I do wash my hands a lot! I use hibiclens from the drugstore to keep bacteria down, especially when my hands begin to dry out (broken skin risky for acquiring infections or anything entering the broken/dry skin). There are some cotton gloves you can buy at your pharmacy, they are very thin 😀 I highly recommend that, especially for those who have decided to try steroid ointment (I recommend ointment, never lotion if possible, no water based stuff anyway & many creams have water-based attributes to them) then by using gloves you can prevent getting this steroid ointment in your eyes or all over your remote or whatever.. lol And can sleep that way to keep it on 🙂 or drive with a pair so you’re less likely to gain moisture from sweating against the wheel. Notice most are between fingers?? That tells me moisture must be involved but believe it, it can spread to the top of the hand! Around fingernails, which will take a few months for any bumps to grow out if a blister caused a dent/bump in the nail (check typical nail growth time periods) 😀

    I feel for anyone with this! Honestly, mine didn’t start until late 30’s. I’ve had it now about ? 8-10 years? I’d have to look. ER dr, 2 reg dr declared hand eczema. (but remember, one got specific. :D)
    Cheiro means hand, pompholyx means bubble.. Stinks for a name for it so you can not explain the definition when sharing.. haha Just say cheiropompholyx and it’s a form of hand eczema.

    Mine may be triggered by a metal?? IDK. No one has researched it enough.. It was said to be mostly pretty rare last I looked years ago.. what? 20% or less? I don’t recall on that. I hope I’ve helped 🙂

    If you’re not sure what it is.. I’d get it checked first with a simple visit and many doctors have books that show the worse conditions of it but you can see the resemblance in the images.. Not all doctors are willing to bring out a book to show you.

    Mine comes on late fall, late winter, early and mid-spring, early summer. I guess I get wet a lot.. LOL but right now they are bad. What works on mine the best is oral steroids when they get real bad. Typically I just get a few and they go away. Don’t forget, we added a salt water treatment to our water.. 🙂

    Best wishes! Oh, you can put some powder in gloves (maybe not latex gloves, if allergic) and wear those when doing dishes, speaking of best wishes! 🙂 It may help but, then your hands are all powdery and you need a towel to wipe it off but it may be worth a try. 🙂 This I’ve not tried. I just wash the dishes with no gloves. I was recommended gloves by a doctor and it didn’t seem to help. Made it worse if anything since I was using water a lot, meaning gloves building condensation inside, non-breathable. I’m just taking a few guesses here.. May we all heal and feel better & find the things/solutions that can aid us along our journey with life’s issues on our bodies!

    P.S. I heard not to use hot water to make them feel better.. Maybe it makes them sweat after you are done, more-so? IDK but I’ve read that in the past by several posters with their own treatments and ideas. I try to keep my water room temp but I do get cold! lol

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