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Your Pink or Red Ankle Bump May Also be Known as:
Pink ankle bump
Pink ankle lump
Pink ankle mass
Pink bump on ankle
Pink bump on lower leg
Pink bump on shin
Pink lower leg bump
Pink lower leg lump
Pink lower leg mass
Pink mass on ankle

Top 6 Pink or Red Ankle Bump Causes

  1. 1.Pimple

    Acne, also known as pimples, occurs when hair follicles become clogged with oil & dead skin cells. Acne is extremely common and ranges from mild to severe.

    Though some cases of acne prompt patients to visit a dermatologist, most cases can be treated with proper hygiene and over-the-counter medications. Look for products containing benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    pink or red ankle bump, mild ankle lump, painful ankle lump, moderate ankle lump
    Symptoms that always occur with pimple:
    pink or red ankle bump
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  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:
    severe ankle lump, painful ankle lump, moderate ankle lump, pink or red ankle bump, yellow or white ankle bump
    Symptoms that never occur with skin abscess:
    fever
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  3. 3.Severe 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"). If the infection begins to spread, urgent treatment is required.

    You should head to the nearest ER by car since your infection seems like it might be spreading. It is likely that you will be prescribed antibiotics. Surgery may be required to get rid of the whole abscess after the inflammation has died down. Do not drain the abscess yourself.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, fever, pink or red ankle bump, painful ankle lump, severe ankle lump
    Symptoms that always occur with severe skin abscess:
    pink or red ankle bump
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room

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  4. 4.Boil (Furuncle)

    Boils are infections of a hair follicle that creates a small pocket of inflammation full of pus. It's typically caused by a common bacteria called S. Aureus.

    Boils typically drain by themselves. You can help by putting a warm compress (be careful not to burn yourself). If things don't get better, go see a doctor who might drain it for you.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    pink or red ankle bump, mild ankle lump, moderate ankle lump, painful ankle lump
    Symptoms that always occur with boil (furuncle):
    pink or red ankle bump
    Symptoms that never occur with boil (furuncle):
    fever
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  5. 5.Basal Cell Carcinoma on the Ankle

    Basal cell carcinoma is a slow-growing form of skin cancer. Skin cancer falls into two major groups: Non-melanoma and melanoma. Basal cell carcinoma is a type of non-melanoma skin cancer.

    You should visit your primary care physician, who will check your skin and look at the size, shape, color, and texture of any suspicious areas. From there, treatment will be determined, such as surgical excision, photodynamic therapy, or imiquimod cream.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    skin-colored ankle bump, painless ankle lump, growing ankle bump, moderate ankle lump, mild ankle lump
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  6. 6.Dermatofibroma

    Dermatofibroma (superficial benign fibrous histiocytoma) is a common cutaneous nodule of unknown etiology that occurs more often in women. Dermatofibroma frequently develops on the extremities (mostly the lower legs) and is usually asymptomatic, although pruritus and tenderness can be present

    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, freeze, or burn it off.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    skin-colored ankle bump, painful ankle lump, moderate ankle lump, mild ankle lump, ankle itch
    Urgency:
    Wait and watch

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Pink or Red Ankle Bump

  • Q.Compared to a marble, how big is the bump?
  • Q.How long have you had the bump?
  • Q.Do you feel pain when you touch the bump?
  • Q.Do your symptoms appear to worsen due to a lack of sleep?

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Pink or Red Ankle Bump Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced pink or red ankle bump have also experienced:

    • 40% Pink or Red Lower Leg Bump
    • 20% Feeling Itchy or Tingling All Over
    • 10% Side Pain
  • People who have experienced pink or red ankle bump had symptoms persist for:

    • 42% Over a Month
    • 21% Less Than a Week
    • 14% Less Than a Day
  • People who have experienced pink or red ankle bump were most often matched with:

    • 45% Pimple
    • 36% Skin Abscess

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