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Your Scaly Scalp Bump May Also be Known as:
Hairline bump with dried skin
Hairline bump with dry skin
Hairline bump with scales
Hairline lump with dried skin
Hairline lump with dry skin
Hairline lump with scales
Scales on hairline bump
Scales on hairline lump
Scales on scalp bump
Scales on scalp lump

Top 10 Scaly Scalp Bump Causes

  1. 1.Wart

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

    You can try several over-the-counter treatments, including salicylic acid and cryotherapy (freezing). Most warts go away on their own, but less so in adults.

    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
  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.

    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 out the cyst.

    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.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 scalp bump, pink or red scalp bump, marble sized scalp lump, severely painful scalp lump, yellow or white scalp bump
    Symptoms that never occur with skin abscess:
    fever
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  4. 4.Lipoma

    A lipoma is a noncancerous growth of fatty tissue cells. A lipoma can develop in almost any organ of the body although they are most commonly found in the subcutaneous layer just below the skin.

    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:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    skin-colored scalp bump, small scalp lump, marble sized scalp lump
    Symptoms that always occur with lipoma:
    skin-colored scalp bump
    Urgency:
    Wait and watch
  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 scalp bump, painless scalp bump, small scalp lump, growing scalp bump, marble sized scalp lump
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

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  6. 6.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 scalp bump, small scalp lump, painful scalp bump, marble sized scalp lump
    Symptoms that always occur with pimple:
    pink or red scalp bump
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  7. 7.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 scalp bump, small scalp lump, painful scalp bump, 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
  8. 8.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 scalp bump, pink or red scalp bump, marble sized scalp lump
    Symptoms that always occur with severe skin abscess:
    pink or red scalp bump
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room
  9. 9.Non - Specific Scalp Rash

    A rash is an area of irritated or swollen skin. Often, rashes are unidentifiable and some variation of normal. For example, scratching one's arm causes it to turn red (which is caused by mast cells releasing chemicals into the local area), but that's completely normal.

    At this time, you do not need treatment for this rash. If it worsens, you may need to consult a physician.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    scalp redness
    Symptoms that always occur with non-specific scalp rash:
    scalp redness
    Urgency:
    Wait and watch
  10. 10.Obstructive Sleep Apnea

    Sleep apnea is a disorder in which the upper airway is obstructed during sleep, which causes poor sleep quality and frequent awakening.

    You should visit your primary care physician within a few weeks to discuss your symptoms. The physician will likely order a sleep test to confirm the diagnosis.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, irritability, daytime sleepiness, trouble sleeping, sore throat
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Scaly Scalp Bump

  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?
  • Q.Is your scalp bump constant or come-and-go?
  • Q.What color is the bump?
  • Q.Is your scalp itchiness constant or come-and-go?

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Scaly Scalp Bump Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced scaly scalp bump have also experienced:

    • 20% Scalp Itchiness
    • 6% Rash With Bumps or Blisters
    • 6% Scalp Pain
  • People who have experienced scaly scalp bump had symptoms persist for:

    • 44% Over a Month
    • 25% Less Than a Week
    • 11% Less Than a Day
  • People who have experienced scaly scalp bump were most often matched with:

    • 16% Wart
    • 16% Skin Cyst
    • 11% 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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