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Black-colored Skin Changes Symptom, Causes & Questions

Understand your black-colored skin changes symptoms, including 4 causes & common questions.

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Contents

  1. 4 Possible Causes
  2. Questions Your Doctor May Ask
  3. Statistics

4 Possible Black-Colored Skin Changes Causes

The list below shows results from the use of our quiz by Buoy users who experienced black-colored skin changes. This list does not constitute medical advice and may not accurately represent what you have.

Mole

Benign skin growths, such as moles, are very common and virtually everyone has some form of them. "Benign" means the growth is not cancerous. Some of these growths have genetic origins, and for some, the cause is not clear.

These skin growths may appear as flat "stains" in the skin or as raised clusters made up of tiny blo...

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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.

Rarity: Uncommon

Top Symptoms: severe abdominal lump, brown-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

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Benign skin growth

Benign skin growths are very common and virtually everyone has some form of them. "Benign" means the growth is not cancerous and not harmful. Some of these growths have genetic origins, and for some the cause is not clear.

Common types are:

  • Birthmarks – may appear as flat "stains" in the skin or as raised clusters formed of tiny blood vessels.
  • Moles – small irregularities that originate in the pigment-producing cells in the skin. They can be almost any shape or color but are normally no larger than one-quarter of an inch across.
  • Skin tags – little irregular flaps of skin, like a flattened mole attached on only one side.
  • Keloids – a dark, fibrous form of scar tissue that forms after a skin wound, either from trauma or from surgery.

As a person ages, more changes may appear in the skin. Most are benign, but any unusual or suspicious skin growth should be checked by a medical provider. The growth can be removed if it is unsightly, interferes with clothing, or proves to be malignant (cancerous.)

Rarity: Common

Top Symptoms: constant skin changes, itchy rash, rash with well-defined border, abdominal skin changes, neck skin changes

Symptoms that always occur with benign skin growth: constant skin changes

Symptoms that never occur with benign skin growth: cherry red lower leg bump

Urgency: Wait and watch

Melanoma

Melanoma is the most serious type of skin cancer. Often the first sign of melanoma is a change in the size, shape, color, or feel of a mole. Most melanomas have a black or black-blue area. Melanoma may also appear as a new mole. It may be black, abnormal, or "ugly looking."

Rarity: Rare

Top Symptoms: brown-colored skin changes, atypical features of a facial bump, black-colored skin changes, growing facial lump, large facial lump

Symptoms that always occur with melanoma: atypical features of a facial bump

Urgency: Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Black-Colored Skin Changes

To diagnose this condition, your doctor would likely ask the following questions:

  • Any fever today or during the last week?
  • Did you possibly brush into poison ivy, poison oak, or poison sumac?
  • Have you ever been diagnosed with diabetes?
  • Are you itchy all over?

The above questions are also covered by our A.I. Health Assistant.

If you've answered yes to one or more of these questions

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Black-Colored Skin Changes Symptom Checker Statistics

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

  • 8% Skin That Is Darker Than It Used To Be
  • 5% Dry Skin
  • 4% Fatigue

People who have experienced black-colored skin changes were most often matched with:

  • 100% Atypical Mole

People who have experienced black-colored skin changes had symptoms persist for:

  • 29% Over a month
  • 27% Less than a week
  • 25% Less than a day

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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Disclaimer: The article does not replace an evaluation by a physician. Information on this page is provided as an information resource only, and is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic or treatment purposes.