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Your Movable Scalp Bump May Also be Known as:
Mobile bump in head
Mobile bump in scalp
Mobile bump in skull
Mobile lump in head
Mobile lump in scalp
Mobile lump in skull
Mobile mass in head
Mobile mass in scalp
Mobile mass in skull
Movable bump in head

Top 3 Movable Scalp Bump Causes

  1. 1.Skin Abscess

    A skin abscess is an infection of the deeper skin that's typically due to bacteria seen on the skin. Recently, infections are more frequently caused by Staph. Aureus (puts the "staph" in "staph infections").

    You should visit your primary care physician or an urgent care clinic today or tomorrow. Treatment of an abscess includes incision and drainage. It is likely you will be prescribed antibiotics as well. Surgery may be required to get rid of the whole abscess after inflammation has died down. Do not drain the abscess yourself.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    painful scalp bump, pink or red scalp bump, marble sized scalp lump, severely painful scalp lump, yellow or white scalp bump
    Symptoms that never occur with skin abscess:
    fever
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

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  2. 2.Skin Cyst

    An epidermoid cyst is a closed sac under the skin filled with a cheese-like or oily material. It is caused by trauma or surgery.

    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 out the cyst.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    scalp bump, small scalp lump, skin-colored scalp bump, marble sized scalp lump
    Symptoms that always occur with skin cyst:
    scalp bump
    Symptoms that never occur with skin cyst:
    fever
    Urgency:
    Wait and watch
  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:
    atypical features of a scalp bump, growing scalp bump, small scalp lump, severely painful scalp lump, marble sized scalp lump
    Symptoms that always occur with atypical mole:
    atypical features of a scalp bump
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Movable Scalp Bump

  • Q.Is your scalp bump constant or come-and-go?
  • Q.What color is the bump?
  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?
  • Q.Are you experiencing a headache?

If you've answered yes to one or more of these questions, check our movable scalp bump symptom checker.

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Movable Scalp Bump Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced movable scalp bump have also experienced:

    • 100% Hard Scalp Bump
  • People who have experienced movable scalp bump had symptoms persist for:

    • 44% Over a Month
    • 25% Less Than a Week
    • 11% Less Than a Day
  • People who have experienced movable scalp bump were most often matched with:

    • 57% Skin Cyst
    • 28% Skin Abscess
    • 14% Atypical Mole

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