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Your Black or Brown Elbow Mass May Also be Known as:
Black bump on elbow
Black elbow bump
Black elbow bumps
Black elbow lump
Black elbow mass
Black lump on elbow
Black mass on elbow
Brown bump on elbow
Brown elbow bump
Brown elbow bumps

Top 4 Black or Brown Elbow Mass Causes

  1. 1.Blackhead

    Blackheads are caused by hair follicles becoming clogged with oil & dead skin cells. When the clogged pore is open to the air, the air turns the outermost layer black through oxidation.

    Though large blackheads can be removed by a dermatologist, most cases can be treated with proper hygiene and over-the-counter medications/treatments. Look for products containing benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Symptoms that always occur with blackhead:
    black or brown elbow mass, small elbow lump
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  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, 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

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  3. 3.Mole on the Elbow

    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:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    unchanged elbow bump, small elbow lump
    Symptoms that always occur with mole on the elbow:
    unchanged elbow bump, black or brown elbow mass
    Urgency:
    Wait and watch
  4. 4.Dermatofibroma

    Dermatofibroma (superficial benign fibrous histiocytoma) is a common cutaneous nodule of unknown etiology that occurs more often in women. Dermatofibroma frequently develops on the extremities (mostly the lower legs) and is usually asymptomatic, although pruritus and tenderness can be present

    You do not need treatment for this condition because it is completely benign; however, if the lesion changes at all, a doctor should be consulted. If you would like it removed, a doctor can cut, freeze, or burn it off.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    small elbow lump, skin-colored elbow bump, painful elbow lump, pink or red elbow bump, elbow itch
    Urgency:
    Wait and watch

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Black or Brown Elbow Mass

  • Q.What is your natural skin color?
  • Q.Have you been around anyone with the same symptoms, possibly exposing yourself to an infection?
  • Q.Do you purposely tan (using sun, tanning beds, or UV rays)?
  • Q.Do you feel pain when you touch the bump?

If you've answered yes to one or more of these questions, check our black or brown elbow mass symptom checker.

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Black or Brown Elbow Mass Checker

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