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Your Pink or Red Back Bump May Also be Known as:
Pink back bump
Pink back lump
Pink back mass
Pink bump on back
Pink bump on lower back
Pink bump on spine
Pink bump on upper back
Pink lower back bump
Pink lower back lump
Pink lower back mass

Top 6 Pink or Red Back 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:
    painful back lump, pink or red back bump, marble sized back lump, small back lump
    Symptoms that always occur with pimple:
    pink or red back 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:
    painful back lump, large back lump, marble sized back lump, pink or red back bump, back bump leaking yellow/milky fluid
    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, painful back lump, pink or red back bump, marble sized back lump
    Symptoms that always occur with severe skin abscess:
    pink or red back 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 back bump, painful back lump, small back lump, marble sized back lump
    Symptoms that always occur with boil (furuncle):
    pink or red back bump
    Symptoms that never occur with boil (furuncle):
    fever
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  5. 5.Basal Cell Carcinoma

    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 back bump, painless back bump, marble sized back lump, growing back bump, pink or red back bump
    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:
    back itch, painful back lump, marble sized back lump, pink or red back bump, small back lump
    Urgency:
    Wait and watch

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Pink or Red Back Bump

  • Q.How long have you had the bump?
  • Q.Is your back bump constant or come-and-go?
  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?
  • Q.Do your symptoms appear to worsen due to a lack of sleep?

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Pink or Red Back Bump Symptom Checker Statistics

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

    • 16% Light Red or Pink Bump on Skin
    • 16% Muscle Pain in the Upper Back
    • 16% Painless Back Bump
  • People who have experienced pink or red back bump had symptoms persist for:

    • 54% Over a Month
    • 16% Less Than a Week
    • 13% Less Than a Day
  • People who have experienced pink or red back bump were most often matched with:

    • 50% Pimple
    • 45% Skin Abscess
    • 5% Severe Skin Abscess

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