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3 Potential Yellow or White Shoulder 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.Whitehead

    Whiteheads are caused by hair follicles becoming clogged with oil & dead skin cells. When the clogged pore is closed to the air by a layer of skin cells, the oil/dead skin cells remains white (as opposed to a blackhead).

    Whiteheads should go away within the next 3-4 days

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    small shoulder bump, yellow or white shoulder bump
    Symptoms that always occur with whitehead:
    small shoulder bump, yellow or white shoulder bump
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment

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  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:
    marble sized shoulder bump, large shoulder bump, painful shoulder bump, pink or red shoulder bump, yellow or white shoulder 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, pink or red shoulder bump, large shoulder bump, painful shoulder bump
    Symptoms that always occur with severe skin abscess:
    pink or red shoulder bump, red bump
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Yellow or White Shoulder Bump

  • Q.Do you purposely tan (using sun, tanning beds, or UV rays)?
  • Q.Has anyone in your family had cancer?
  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?
  • Q.Is there something coming from the bump?

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Yellow or White Shoulder Bump Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced yellow or white shoulder bump have also experienced:

    • 20% Flat, Black Rash
    • 20% Neck Pain That Shoots to the Arm
    • 20% Upper Back Pain That Shoots Down the Arm
  • People who have experienced yellow or white shoulder bump had symptoms persist for:

    • 43% Over a Month
    • 24% Less Than a Week
    • 13% Less Than a Day
  • People who have experienced yellow or white shoulder bump were most often matched with:

    • 37% Skin Abscess
    • 18% Whitehead
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