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A.I. Health Assistant Causes for Black - Colored Skin Changes

Updated on Aug. 29, 2018

The list below shows results from the use of our A.I. Health Assistant by Buoy users who experienced black-colored skin changes. This list does not constitute medical advice.

  1. 1.Mole

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

    Indefinite

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    eye bump unchanging in size, small eye lump, black or brown eye bump, eye bump's smooth border
    Symptoms that always occur with mole:
    black or brown eye bump, eye bump unchanging in size
    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.

    Indefinite

    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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  3. 3.Benign Skin Growth

    Seborrheic keratosis is a condition that causes wart-like growths on the skin. The growths are benign (not-cancerous) and look like stuck-on plaques.

    Resolves with treatment

    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
  4. 4.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."

    Indefinite

    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

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

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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 had symptoms persist for:

    • 29% Over a Month
    • 27% Less Than a Week
    • 25% Less Than a Day
  • People who have experienced black-colored skin changes were most often matched with:

    • 100% Atypical 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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