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3 Potential 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.Wart

    Warts are non-serious skin growths caused by a virus that infects the top layer of the skin. They are contagious.

    78% go away in 2 years

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    scalp bump, painless scalp bump, small scalp lump, skin-colored scalp bump, scaly scalp bump
    Symptoms that always occur with wart:
    scalp bump
    Symptoms that never occur with wart:
    headache
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment

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  2. 2.Skin Cyst

    An epidermoid cyst is a closed sac under the skin filled with a cheese-like or oily material. It is caused by trauma or surgery.

    Resolves with treatment

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    scalp bump, small scalp lump, skin-colored scalp bump, marble sized scalp lump
    Symptoms that always occur with skin cyst:
    scalp bump
    Symptoms that never occur with skin cyst:
    fever
    Urgency:
    Wait and watch
  3. 3.Ewing Sarcoma

    Ewing sarcoma is a type of bone cancer often affecting the legs, pelvis, ribs, arms or spine. It can occur anytime during childhood and young adulthood; it is rarely seen in adults.

    Curable with total treatment lasting 8-12 months

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, loss of appetite, new headache, fever, rib pain
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Scalp Bump

  • Q.What color is the 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?

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Scalp Bump Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced scalp bump have also experienced:

    • 14% Headache
    • 10% Scalp Pain
    • 7% Scalp Itchiness
  • People who have experienced scalp bump had symptoms persist for:

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

    • 58% Skin Cyst
    • 27% Wart
    • 2% Ewing Sarcoma
  • 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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