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Your Black - Colored Skin Changes May Also be Known as:
Black skin change
Dark skin spots
Darkened skin
Skin darkening
Skin is black

Top 10 Black - Colored Skin Changes Causes

  1. 1.Mole

    Moles are growths on the skin. They happen when pigment cells in the skin, called melanocytes, grow in clusters.

    If you have many moles that you are worried about, you can go see your primary care doctor to follow the moles. However, treatment is only considered if a new mole develops or changes.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    brown-colored skin changes, black-colored skin changes, uniformly colored mole, mole with similar-looking neighbors, hairy mole
    Symptoms that never occur with mole:
    new or changing mole, irregular border around the mole
    Urgency:
    Wait and watch
  2. 2.Atypical Mole

    Moles are growths on the skin. They happen when pigment cells in the skin, called melanocytes, grow in clusters. Certain moles are considered "atypical" because of their size and characteristics, which require careful watching and possibly even biopsy in order to monitor for development into cancer.

    You should go see your primary care doctor to examine the mole. He or she can determine if next steps are necessary.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    brown-colored skin changes, black-colored skin changes, atypical forearm bump features, black or brown forearm bump, growing forearm bump
    Symptoms that always occur with atypical mole:
    black or brown forearm bump, atypical forearm bump features
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  3. 3.Atypical Mole

    Moles are growths on the skin. They happen when pigment cells in the skin, called melanocytes, grow in clusters. Certain moles are considered "atypical" because of their size and characteristics, which require careful watching and possibly even biopsy in order to monitor for development into cancer.

    You should go see your primary care doctor to examine the mole. He or she can determine if next steps are necessary.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    brown-colored skin changes, black-colored skin changes, atypical hand bump features, small hand lump, growing hand bump
    Symptoms that always occur with atypical mole:
    black or brown mass on hand, atypical hand bump features
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  4. 4.Atypical Mole

    Moles are growths on the skin. They happen when pigment cells in the skin, called melanocytes, grow in clusters. Certain moles are considered "atypical" because of their size and characteristics, which require careful watching and possibly even biopsy in order to monitor for development into cancer.

    You should go see your primary care doctor to examine the mole. He or she can determine if next steps are necessary.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    brown-colored skin changes, black-colored skin changes, atypical shoulder bump features, growing shoulder bump, large shoulder bump
    Symptoms that always occur with atypical mole:
    black or brown mass on shoulder, atypical shoulder bump features
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  5. 5.Atypical Mole

    Moles are growths on the skin. They happen when pigment cells in the skin, called melanocytes, grow in clusters. Certain moles are considered "atypical" because of their size and characteristics, which require careful watching and possibly even biopsy in order to monitor for development into cancer.

    You should go see your primary care doctor to examine the mole. He or she can determine if next steps are necessary.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    brown-colored skin changes, black-colored skin changes, atypical leg bump features, growing upper leg bump, marble sized upper leg lump
    Symptoms that always occur with atypical mole:
    atypical leg bump features
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

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  6. 6.Atypical Mole

    Moles are growths on the skin. They happen when pigment cells in the skin, called melanocytes, grow in clusters. Certain moles are considered "atypical" because of their size and characteristics, which require careful watching and possibly even biopsy in order to monitor for development into cancer.

    You should go see your primary care doctor to examine the mole. He or she can determine if next steps are necessary.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    brown-colored skin changes, black-colored skin changes, moderate abdominal lump, atypical abdominal bump features, growing abdominal bump
    Symptoms that always occur with atypical mole:
    black or brown abdominal bump, atypical abdominal bump features
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  7. 7.Atypical Mole

    Moles are growths on the skin. They happen when pigment cells in the skin, called melanocytes, grow in clusters. Certain moles are considered "atypical" because of their size and characteristics, which require careful watching and possibly even biopsy in order to monitor for development into cancer.

    You should go see your primary care doctor to examine the mole. He or she can determine if next steps are necessary.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    brown-colored skin changes, black-colored skin changes, growing elbow bump, atypical elbow bump features, black or brown elbow mass
    Symptoms that always occur with atypical mole:
    black or brown elbow mass, atypical elbow bump features
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  8. 8.Atypical Mole

    Moles are growths on the skin. They happen when pigment cells in the skin, called melanocytes, grow in clusters. Certain moles are considered "atypical" because of their size and characteristics, which require careful watching and possibly even biopsy in order to monitor for development into cancer.

    You should go see your primary care doctor to examine the mole. He or she can determine if next steps are necessary.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    brown-colored skin changes, black-colored skin changes, atypical hip bump features, growing hip bump, large hip lump
    Symptoms that always occur with atypical mole:
    atypical hip bump features
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  9. 9.Atypical Mole

    Moles are growths on the skin. They happen when pigment cells in the skin, called melanocytes, grow in clusters. Certain moles are considered "atypical" because of their size and characteristics, which require careful watching and possibly even biopsy in order to monitor for development into cancer.

    You should go see your primary care doctor to examine the mole. He or she can determine if next steps are necessary.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    brown-colored skin changes, black-colored skin changes, atypical upper arm bump features, small upper arm bump, growing upper arm bump
    Symptoms that always occur with atypical mole:
    black or brown mass on upper arm, atypical upper arm bump features
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  10. 10.Atypical Mole

    Moles are growths on the skin. They happen when pigment cells in the skin, called melanocytes, grow in clusters. Certain moles are considered "atypical" because of their size and characteristics, which require careful watching and possibly even biopsy in order to monitor for development into cancer.

    You should go see your primary care doctor to examine the mole. He or she can determine if next steps are necessary.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    brown-colored skin changes, marble-size neck lump, atypical neck bump features, growing neck lump, black-colored skin changes
    Symptoms that always occur with atypical mole:
    black or brown neck bump, atypical neck bump features
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Black - Colored Skin Changes

  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?
  • Q.About your [upper arm], do you notice:
  • Q.About your [shoulder], do you notice any of the following?
  • Q.Is your rash:

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Black - Colored Skin Changes Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced black-colored skin changes have also experienced:

    • 8% Fatigue
    • 3% Rash With Bumps or Blisters
    • 3% Hair Loss
  • People who have experienced black-colored skin changes had symptoms persist for:

    • 35% Less Than a Day
    • 25% Over a Month
    • 23% Less Than a Week
  • People who have experienced black-colored skin changes were most often matched with:

    • 18% Mole
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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