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Top 8 Painful Thickened Skin Causes

  1. 1.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.

    You do not need treatment for this condition because it is completely benign. However, if the lesion changes at all you should visit your physician.

    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
  2. 2.Mole

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

    If you have many moles that you are worried about, you can go see your primary care doctor to follow the moles. However, treatment is only considered if a new mole develops or changes.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    brown-colored skin changes, black-colored skin changes, uniformly colored mole, mole with similar-looking neighbors, hairy mole
    Symptoms that never occur with mole:
    new or changing mole, irregular border around the mole
    Urgency:
    Wait and watch
  3. 3.Ringworm (Tinea Corporis)

    Tinea Corporis is a common fungal infection of the skin. This rash is sometimes called "ringworm" and results in ring-shaped redness that is often itchy.

    Ringworm can be treated with topical antifungal ointment such as Lamisil. Apply the ointment directly to the rash and the surrounding skin, and keep the area as dry as possible.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    dry skin, rash, red rash, itchy rash, curved rash
    Symptoms that never occur with ringworm (tinea corporis):
    groin skin changes, fever, scrotal itch, groin itch, facial skin changes, hand skin changes, genital skin changes
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  4. 4.Normal Episode of Itchy Skin

    Itchiness is an unpleasant feeling that makes you want to scratch. It is found as a part of many diagnoses, but it can also appear on its own without a particular cause, which is the case in this diagnosis.

    You can treat this at home with an anti-histamine. Anti-histamines (like Claritin, Allegra, etc) can be found over-the-counter. They work by stopping the actions of histamine, which causes inflammation and itchiness. If any symptoms change, you must

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    feeling itchy or tingling all over
    Symptoms that always occur with normal episode of itchy skin:
    feeling itchy or tingling all over
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment

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  5. 5.Benign Skin Growth on the Face

    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.

    You do not need treatment for this condition because it is completely benign. However, if the lesion changes at all you should visit your physician.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    facial bump, small facial lump, marble sized facial lump, black or brown facial bump, thickened skin with a well-defined border
    Symptoms that always occur with benign skin growth on the face:
    facial bump
    Symptoms that never occur with benign skin growth on the face:
    cherry red facial bump
    Urgency:
    Wait and watch
  6. 6.Non - Specific Dermatitis (Skin Inflammation)

    Dermatitis is the inflammation ("-itis") of the skin ("derma" is a layer of the skin). It can be caused by any number of causes, from allergies to infections to autoimmune issues. Dermatitis of Normal Variation (also called, "NOS") means that all of those other causes of your rash have been ruled out. This is very common.

    You can treat this at home and the rash should go away on its own. In the meantime, you can use an anti-histamine (both by mouth OR as an ointment), or a topical corticosteroid to treat the itch and/or pain due to the rash.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    red rash, itchy rash, painful rash
    Symptoms that always occur with non-specific dermatitis (skin inflammation):
    red rash
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  7. 7.Eczema (Atopic Dermatitis)

    Eczema is a form of skin inflammation that causes skin to be dry, itchy, red, and irritated.

    You should go to your local pharmacy or retail clinic to be treated. The usual treatment for atopic eczema involves avoiding irritants and other triggers, using moisturizers to prevent inflammation, as well as steroid creams and ointments when the inflammation flares up.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    trouble sleeping, feeling itchy or tingling all over, dry skin, scalp itchiness, flexor surface rash
    Symptoms that never occur with eczema (atopic dermatitis):
    fever
    Urgency:
    Phone call or in-person visit
  8. 8.Chronic Kidney Disease

    Chronic kidney disease, also known as chronic renal failure, is a disorder caused by gradual loss of kidney function. It is most common in elderly individuals.

    You should make an appointment with your primary care physician to discuss your symptoms as soon as possible.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, difficulty concentrating, loss of appetite, decreased sex drive, unintentional weight loss
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Painful Thickened Skin

  • Q.How long ago did you notice the thickened skin?
  • Q.Is your rash:
  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?
  • Q.Compared to a pea, is your bump smaller or larger?

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Painful Thickened Skin Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced painful thickened skin have also experienced:

    • 33% Skin - Colored Facial Bump
    • 33% Black - Colored Skin Changes
    • 33% Itchy Rash
  • People who have experienced painful thickened skin had symptoms persist for:

    • 60% Over a Month
    • 14% Less Than a Week
    • 12% One to Two Weeks
  • People who have experienced painful thickened skin were most often matched with:

    • 40% Benign Skin Growth
    • 20% Mole
    • 20% Ringworm (Tinea Corporis)
  • 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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