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9 Potential Pink or Red Neck Bump 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.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.

    The severity of the acne dictates treatment-type and duration. With proper treatment, acne should resolve in weeks to months. In some cases, acne is a long-term condition.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    painful neck lump, marble-size neck lump, pink or red neck bump, small neck lump
    Symptoms that always occur with pimple:
    pink or red neck 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").

    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.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.

    92-96% resolve with treatment within 7-10 days

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

    5-10 days

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    painful neck lump, small neck lump, marble-size neck lump, pink or red neck bump
    Symptoms that always occur with boil (furuncle):
    pink or red neck bump
    Symptoms that never occur with boil (furuncle):
    fever
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment

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  5. 5.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.

    5-10 days

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    painful neck lump, small neck lump, marble-size neck lump, pink or red neck bump
    Symptoms that always occur with boil (furuncle):
    pink or red neck bump
    Symptoms that never occur with boil (furuncle):
    fever
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  6. 6.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.

    Indefinite

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    skin-colored neck bump, marble-size neck lump, painless neck lump, small neck lump, growing neck lump
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  7. 7.Folliculitis

    Folliculitis is a common skin problem where hair follicles are infected by bacteria or fungi.

    Mild cases clear in a few days. More severe ones can cause hair loss and scarring.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    small neck lump, pink or red neck bump, neck itch, yellow or white neck bump, neck bump leaking yellow/milky fluid
    Symptoms that always occur with folliculitis:
    small neck lump
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  8. 8.Hodgkin's Lymphoma

    Hodgkin lymphoma is a cancer of the lymphatic system, which is part of the immune system. Cells in the lymph nodes grow abnormally and may spread beyond the lymphatic system.

    Curable but survival rates are variable

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, loss of appetite, abdominal pain (stomach ache), shortness of breath, fever
    Symptoms that never occur with hodgkin's lymphoma:
    pulsing armpit mass, armpit lump that comes and goes, shrinking armpit lump, pink or red armpit bump, black or brown armpit bump, yellow or white armpit bump, bleeding armpit bump, armpit bump leaking yellow or milky fluid, armpit bump leaking clear fluid, scabbed armpit bump, scaly armpit bump, neck lump that comes and goes, shrinking neck bump, pink or red neck bump, black or brown neck bump, yellow or white neck bump, bleeding bump, bump leaking clear fluid, neck bump leaking yellow/milky fluid, scabbed bump, scaly neck bump, pulsing chest mass, chest lump that comes and goes, shrinking chest bump, pink or red chest bump, black or brown mass on chest, yellow or white chest bump, blue bump on the chest, bleeding chest bump, chest bump leaking clear fluid, chest bump leaking yellow/milky fluid, scabbed chest bump, scaly chest bump, pulsing groin mass, groin lump that comes and goes, shrinking groin lump, pink or red groin bump, black or brown groin bump, yellow or white groin bump, inflamed groin bump, scaly groin bump, bleeding groin bump, groin bump producing clear fluid, groin bump producing yellow or milky fluid
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  9. 9.Hodgkin's Lymphoma

    Hodgkin lymphoma is a cancer of the lymphatic system, which is part of the immune system. Cells in the lymphatic system grow abnormally and may spread beyond the lymphatic system.

    Curable but survival rates are variable

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, loss of appetite, abdominal pain (stomach ache), shortness of breath, fever
    Symptoms that never occur with hodgkin's lymphoma:
    pulsing armpit mass, pulsing groin mass, pulsing chest mass, groin lump that comes and goes, shrinking groin lump, chest lump that comes and goes, shrinking chest bump, armpit lump that comes and goes, shrinking armpit lump, neck lump that comes and goes, shrinking neck bump, pink or red neck bump, black or brown neck bump, pink or red chest bump, black or brown mass on chest, bleeding bump, bump leaking clear fluid, neck bump leaking yellow/milky fluid, scabbed bump, scaly neck bump, bleeding chest bump, chest bump leaking clear fluid, chest bump leaking yellow/milky fluid, scabbed chest bump, scaly chest bump, yellow or white neck bump, yellow or white chest bump, pink or red groin bump, black or brown groin bump, inflamed groin bump, scaly groin bump, bleeding groin bump, groin bump producing clear fluid, groin bump producing yellow or milky fluid, yellow or white groin bump, pink or red armpit bump, black or brown armpit bump, yellow or white armpit bump, bleeding armpit bump, armpit bump leaking clear fluid, armpit bump leaking yellow or milky fluid, scabbed armpit bump, scaly armpit bump, blue bump on the chest
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Pink or Red Neck Bump

  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?
  • Q.Do you feel pain when you touch the bump?
  • Q.Do you have a sore throat?
  • Q.Have you been feeling more tired than usual, lethargic or fatigued despite sleeping a normal amount?

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Pink or Red Neck Bump Symptom Checker Statistics

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

    • 12% Neck Bump
    • 5% Neck Itch
    • 5% Painful Neck Lump
  • People who have experienced pink or red neck bump had symptoms persist for:

    • 33% Less Than a Week
    • 31% Over a Month
    • 16% Less Than a Day
  • People who have experienced pink or red neck bump were most often matched with:

    • 35% Pimple
    • 12% Skin Abscess
    • 2% Severe Skin Abscess
  • 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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