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3 Potential Neck Rubbing Causes

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.

  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.

    Resolves with treatment

    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").

    Good prognosis with treatment

    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.

    Resolves with treatment

    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.Have you had difficulty feeding?
  • Q.Has your physician noticed slower than normal growth?
  • Q.Are you feeling less alert than normal?
  • Q.Have you experienced any nausea?

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Neck Rubbing Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced neck rubbing have also experienced:

    • 17% Recent Increase in Crying
    • 12% Fever
    • 7% Difficulty Feeding
  • People who have experienced neck rubbing had symptoms persist for:

    • 56% Less Than a Day
    • 24% Less Than a Week
    • 10% Over a Month
  • People who have experienced neck rubbing were most often matched with:

    • 3% Skin Cyst
    • 3% Skin Abscess
    • 3% Lipoma
  • 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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