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A.I. Health Assistant Causes for Black or Brown Scalp Bump

The list below shows results from the use of our A.I. Health Assistant by Buoy users who experienced black or brown scalp bump. This list does not constitute medical advice.

  1. 1.Atypical Mole

    Moles are growths on the skin. They happen when pigment cells in the skin, called melanocytes, grow in clusters. Certain moles are considered "atypical" because of their size and characteristics, which require careful watching and possibly even biopsy in order to monitor for development into cancer.

    Indefinite

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    severe abdominal lump, brown-colored skin changes, moderate abdominal lump, atypical abdominal bump features, growing abdominal bump
    Symptoms that always occur with atypical mole:
    black or brown abdominal bump, atypical abdominal bump features
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  2. 2.Wart

    Warts are non-serious skin growths caused by a virus that infects the top layer of the skin. They are contagious. Thus, warts on the face are often spread there by the hands, and vice versa.

    78% go away in 2 years

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

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  3. 3.Mole on the Scalp

    Moles are growths on the skin. They happen when pigment cells in the skin, called melanocytes, grow in clusters.

    Indefinite

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    unchanged scalp bump, black or brown scalp bump, small scalp lump, uniformly black/brown scalp bump, scalp bump's smooth border
    Symptoms that always occur with mole on the scalp:
    unchanged scalp bump, black or brown scalp bump
    Symptoms that never occur with mole on the scalp:
    headache
    Urgency:
    Wait and watch
  4. 4.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:
    skin-colored armpit bump, marble sized armpit lump, small armpit lump
    Symptoms that always occur with skin cyst:
    skin-colored armpit bump
    Urgency:
    Wait and watch
  5. 5.Solar (Actinic) Keratosis

    Actinic keratosis, also known as solar keratosis, is the most common skin condition caused by sun damage over many years. It appears as small, rough, raised growths that may be hard and warty.

    May go away on its own within a year. Use sunscreen to prevent these if you spend a lot of time outside.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    unchanged face redness, rough skin on the face, thickened skin with a well-defined border
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Black or Brown Scalp Bump

  • Q.Are you experiencing a headache?
  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?
  • Q.Is the bump a single shade of black/brown or a mix?
  • Q.Is the border of the bump round or are there jagged edges?

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Black or Brown Scalp Bump Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced black or brown scalp bump have also experienced:

    • 16% Scalp Itchiness
    • 15% Scalp Bump
    • 11% Headache
  • People who have experienced black or brown scalp bump had symptoms persist for:

    • 43% Over a Month
    • 27% Less Than a Week
    • 13% Less Than a Day
  • People who have experienced black or brown scalp bump were most often matched with:

    • 75% Atypical Mole
    • 25% Wart
  • 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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