DR ELLIE CANNON: Don’t rely on cider vinegar to cure your lumps… or anything

DR ELLIE CANNON: Don't rely on cider vinegar to cure your lumps... or anything

After noticing a couple of smallish soft bumps under the skin on my arms and stomach, I consulted a doctor, who gave me an ultrasound scan. I was told they’re called lipoma and weren’t anything to worry about. 

I’ve also read that drinking a shot of cider vinegar every night can get rid of them. Is this true?

Look online and you’ll see cider vinegar (often called apple cider vinegar, which is the American term) recommended for everything from arthritis pain to weight loss.

There’s been a fair bit of research into it over the years, and none of these claims stands up.

Aside from tasting unpleasant, vinegar is acidic and can erode the teeth. Just because something is ‘natural’ doesn’t mean there aren’t downsides.

Look online and you’ll see cider vinegar, often called apple cider vinegar, recommended for everything from arthritis pain to weight loss, writes Dr Ellie Cannon (file photo)

A lipoma is a swelling of fat that you can normally see as a soft-feeling lump under the skin.

They are very common, harmless, and grow slowly – and can range in size, from not much bigger than a bean, to very large.

We don’t know why they happen. Some people seem to simply be prone to them, and may have a few lipomas on their body.

An ultrasound scan is reassuring, as this can confirm the lump is a lipoma and nothing sinister. It is always important to get any lumps checked by your GP, particularly if they are hard, painful or growing.…

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