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5 Potential Pink or Red Scalp 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:
    pink or red scalp bump, painful scalp bump, small scalp lump, marble sized scalp lump
    Symptoms that always occur with pimple:
    pink or red scalp 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 scalp bump, marble sized scalp lump, pink or red scalp bump, severely painful scalp lump, yellow or white scalp bump
    Symptoms that never occur with skin abscess:
    fever
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

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  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, pink or red scalp bump, painful scalp bump, marble sized scalp lump
    Symptoms that always occur with severe skin abscess:
    pink or red scalp 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:
    pink or red scalp bump, painful scalp bump, small scalp lump, marble sized scalp lump
    Symptoms that always occur with boil (furuncle):
    pink or red scalp 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.

    Indefinite

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    small scalp lump, skin-colored scalp bump, painless scalp bump, growing scalp bump, marble sized scalp lump
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Pink or Red Scalp Bump

  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?
  • Q.Do you feel pain when you touch the bump?
  • Q.Are you experiencing a headache?
  • Q.Is the bump cherry red?

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Pink or Red Scalp Bump Symptom Checker Statistics

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

    • 20% Scalp Bump
    • 14% Scalp Pain
    • 14% Scalp Itchiness
  • People who have experienced pink or red scalp bump had symptoms persist for:

    • 44% Over a Month
    • 27% Less Than a Week
    • 13% Less Than a Day
  • People who have experienced pink or red scalp bump were most often matched with:

    • 43% Pimple
    • 39% Skin Abscess
    • 1% 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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