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Your Neck Rubbing May Also be Known as:
Aches and pains in base of skull
Aches and pains in my neck
Aches and pains in neck
Base of skull ache
Base of skull discomfort
Base of skull hurts
Base of skull is painful
Base of skull pain
Base of skull soreness
He hurt his neck

Top 3 Neck Rubbing Causes

  1. 1.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:
    skin-colored neck bump, marble-size neck lump, small neck lump
    Symptoms that always occur with skin cyst:
    skin-colored neck bump
    Urgency:
    Wait and watch

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  2. 2.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 neck lump, marble-size neck lump, large neck lump, pink or red neck bump, yellow or white neck bump
    Symptoms that never occur with skin abscess:
    fever
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  3. 3.Lipoma

    A lipoma is a noncancerous growth of fatty tissue cells. A lipoma can develop in almost any organ of the body although they are most commonly found in the subcutaneous layer just below the skin.

    You do not need treatment for this condition because it is 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:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    skin-colored neck bump, marble-size neck lump, small neck lump
    Symptoms that always occur with lipoma:
    skin-colored neck bump
    Urgency:
    Wait and watch

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Neck Rubbing

  • Q.How long has this rubbing been going on?
  • Q.How has this rubbing changed over time?
  • Q.How much are you rubbing a part of your body?
  • Q.Have you experienced any nausea?

If you've answered yes to one or more of these questions, check our neck rubbing symptom checker.

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Neck Rubbing Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced neck rubbing have also experienced:

    • 15% Fever
    • 11% Difficulty Feeding
    • 11% Recent Increase in Crying
  • People who have experienced neck rubbing had symptoms persist for:

    • 49% Less Than a Day
    • 28% Less Than a Week
    • 8% Over a Month
  • People who have experienced neck rubbing were most often matched with:

    • 9% Skin Cyst
    • 9% Skin Abscess
    • 9% Lipoma

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