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Could this little black skin bump be a tumor?

Could this little black skin bump be a tumor?

It could...: ...But it could be other things, such as a small pool of blood called a "venous lake." remember that not all tumors are dangerous; most are not, actually. But someone (preferably a dermatologist) needs to look at it to give you a definite answer. ...Read more

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Neoplasms (Definition)

"tumor" literally translates as "mass", so even a fresh bruise could be called a "tumor". Doctors use the term "neoplasm" (tranlates literally as new growth) to describe tumors that are abnormal growths of cells. These may be benign or malignant; "malignant" = cancer. In everyday usage, we use "tumor" ...Read more


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I see a patch of dark skin. Could this be something serious?

Dark skin: There's no way to tell you what's going on with the patch of dark skin which could be anything. There are many many other types of spots so you need to see a dermatologist! ...Read more

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I have a purpleish black little spot its not a mole nor a bump jst a spot on my back could it be a sign of something serious?

I have a purpleish black little spot its not a mole nor a bump jst a spot  on my back could it be a sign of something serious?

See a dermatologist: I am always concerned about skin lesions and moles that are 1) black, grey, or blue, 2) made up of many colors, 3) have irregular borders, or are bigger than the size of a pencil eraser. I am also concerned about moles that itch or bleed spontaneously. Please have yourself checked by your doctor; a dermatology evaluation may be in order. ...Read more

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Could a black painful lump on the back be skin cancer?

Could a black painful lump on the back be skin cancer?

Need evaluation: All skin lesions need to be evaluated by trained eye , some one at your age ( 17 ) probably not serious , is true , only after seen by your doctor. ...Read more

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I have a small pink bump on my scalp(2mm). It appears there is hair growing out of it.Can this be a clogged pore?

I have a small pink bump on my scalp(2mm). It appears there is hair growing out of it.Can this be a clogged pore?

Yes,: it could be a pimple, or clogged oil gland. Especially if it is a little tender. If it doesn't go away in a week or 2, it may be a mole and you should have a doctor take a look at it to make sure it looks like just a normal mole. ...Read more

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What is this small dark lump under my nipple? Could it be cancer?

What is this small dark lump under my nipple? Could it be cancer?

Needs eval: Any new breast finding, including skin changes should be evaluated by your doctor. Mammogram and ultrasound evaluations are also routine for new findings, particularly for skin changes to determine if the change is only a skin finding or has a deeper component. ...Read more

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There's a red bump on my finger and its oozing could this be a big bite? Or what would it be?

There's a red bump on my finger and its oozing could this be a big bite? Or what would it be?

Could be..: It's possible it's a bug bite- do you remember being bit? More likely you have some kind of infection if it is oozing. If it is painful, red, warm to touch it is most likely a skin infection. Oozing white or yellowish liquid also points to infection. Go have your doctor take a look at it and determine what treatment you need. ...Read more

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Can boils be underneath the skin surface? I have a lump that seems like it is deep underneath the skin. Could this be a boil? .

Can boils be underneath the skin surface? I have a lump that seems like it is deep underneath the skin.  Could this be a boil?

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Yes: It can be a cyst , a fatty tumor or a lymph node to name a few. Location , pain with touching it, time frame it was noticed, is it getting bigger ? Etc. See a dermatologist he may want to biopsy or remove it all together. ...Read more

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Small, colorless, pimple size bump on arm under skin. Can be picked off but just bleeds. What could this be?

Small, colorless, pimple size bump on arm under skin. Can be picked off but just bleeds. What could this be?

Skin tag: The skin in the armpits and in the groin is notorious for developing small benign growths called acrochordons or skin tags. Some people are prone to develop them, others only rarely. Could be a mole without pigment, too, but skin tags are quite common. ...Read more

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What could be causing this small black mark on penis head?

What could be causing this small black mark on penis head?

Several things: This is a problem that requires a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. In that meeting, your doctor will listen to you, perform a throrough examination and possibly order labs or other tests. Based on this information, he/she will be able to tell you what's wrong and what to do about it. ...Read more

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I have a spot that turned black and blue, could it be a spider bite?

I have a spot that turned black and blue, could it be a spider bite?

See a dermatologist: It is difficult to make a proper diagnosis since I am not there to see the condition. I recommend seeing a dermatologist so that they can make a proper diagnosis and give you something to get rid of the condition or relieve symptoms. ...Read more

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I have a dark spot on my lip. Its not dry skin. What could this be a sign of?

Get evaluation: It may be a vascular malformation such as a venous lake but it could also be something more concerning such as a melanoma. See a dermatologist for a more definitive diagnosis. ...Read more

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Could this little black skin bump be a tumor?

It could...: ...But it could be other things, such as a small pool of blood called a "venous lake." remember that not all tumors are dangerous; most are not, actually. But someone (preferably a dermatologist) needs to look at it to give you a definite answer. ...Read more

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Two hard bumps under skin on penis. Tumors?

Two hard bumps under skin on penis. Tumors?

Hard bump: This may be as harmless as a blocked hair follicle, but may be a more serious infection, harmless or harmful tumor. Please get it checked by a healthcare professional. ...Read more

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I have extra bone in my head skull bump like a bone tumor?

I have extra bone in my head skull bump like a bone tumor?

Unlikely: Bone cancer is rare, so it is likely not a cancer right out of the gate. Where is this lump, behind the ear? If so, it's likely normal anatomy (mastoid process). No skull is completely without irregularities, if you have symptoms such as pain, headaches, or increase in size would get it checked out, if not there's probably nothing to worry about. ...Read more

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Are the lumps in my legs fatty tumors or what? I have several lumps/bumps under the skin around my upper thigh area. One is near my panty line, it is about the size of the tip of my thumb and hard but does not hurt. It's been there probably 8 or 9 years

Fatty : Fatty tumors (or lipomas) are usually not hard. They are usually soft and squishy. If you have a hard mass along your lower panty line that could be a chronically inflammed inguinal lymph node. Can't determine what they are through this venu. Recommend that a family doctor or dermatologist examine you and determine what the lesions are. ...Read more

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Tiny Bump near vessel just under skin in arm, area and vessels clear on MRI & xray.Can MRI miss sarcoma tumor? What else can be if imaging is normal?

Not sarcoma: Sarcoma unusual just under skin. Only such lesion would be leiomyosarcoma arising from venous structure More common would be a small thrombotic site in one of the veins associated with other veins in this region. If site small it would not show up on scans. Rather one could use warm soaks to see if resolution occurs over a few weeks. Otherwise small firm lipoma is the existing lesion. ...Read more

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I have a small black bump on my head, also its kind of squishy. What could this be?

I have a small black bump on my head, also its kind of squishy. What could this be?

"Blackhead": Basically a stopped up oil gland! Very common around your nose or on the back of your neck! Be careful with it because it can become infected by continuing to mash on it! Warm soaks can help, if it continues to concern you see a dermatologist! ...Read more

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Have a small bump below skin (pea size, gets bigger when I bend back). The area has a black and blue mark above thebump hurts now and then.what is it?

Have a small bump below skin (pea size, gets bigger when I bend back). The area has a black and blue mark above thebump hurts now and then.what is it?

The most likely: explanation is that you have a benign lipoma (fatty accumulation below the skin) with, coincidentally, a bruise near it. But there are some more serious kinds of bleeding or skin problems that have an ecchymosis or bruise associated with them. It would be best if you could have your doctor or a skin specialist/Dermatologist take a look at this. Make an appointment. Good wishes:) ...Read more

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Small red itchy bump came up then got larger developed white head then bright red and painful. Got black crus.Then several more came up in same area.

Small red itchy bump came up then got larger developed white head then bright red and painful. Got black crus.Then several more came up in same area.

Folliculitis: Small itchy red bumps that then develop a white head and appear in crops may be an infection of the hair follicles called folliculitis. Folliculitis is commonly caused by bacteria on the skin. Warm compresses may be applied to the rash but often it will resolve on it's own. Avoid shaving the affected region until the rash clears. ...Read more

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I have this small bump on my upper inner thigh that kinda looks purple black and brown. And the skin is red an inch all around it what is this?

I have this small bump on my upper inner thigh that kinda looks purple black and brown. And the skin is red an inch all around it what is this?

Purpura: Purpura occurs when small blood vessels join together or leak blood under the skin. When purpura spots are very small, they are called petechiae. Large purpura are called ecchymoses. Platelets help the blood clot. A person with purpura may have normal platelet counts (nonthrombocytopenic purpuras) or low platelet counts (thrombocytopenic purpuras). See your doctor. ...Read more

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I have little bumps on my vagina, they come and go. They come off with almost no effort, and are dark colored. Kind of like a black head or scab, what could these be?

I have little bumps on my vagina, they come and go. They come off with almost no effort, and are dark colored. Kind of like a black head or scab, what could these be?

Uncertain: They are most likely a benign condition but without actually seeing them it's difficult to give an answer. It would be best to schedule an appointment with your physician to get an accurate answer ...Read more

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I have black bumps on my legs it's not a skin condition and it's not from shaving and when i pick at it little back hairs come out of the bump?

I have black bumps on my legs it's not a skin condition and it's not from shaving  and when i pick at it little back hairs come out of the bump?

Ingrown hairs: See your doctor. Options for treatment include topical corticosteroid creams, retinoids or antibiotic. You may have to stop shaving for a while or shave less closely. You may even trial depilatory creams. ...Read more

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Boyfriend has a irritated shaft on the side it has some red bumps and on top of red bumps it looks like a small tiny black head. when pee burns a tad?

Boyfriend has a irritated shaft on the side it has some red bumps and on top of red bumps it looks like a small tiny black head. when pee burns a tad?

Must be seen: This could be herpes or a staph infection. Add that to dysuria (which in a male represents Gonorrhea or Chlamydia) it is a definite indication that this man needs a doctor visit today. ...Read more

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Small hard bump on my finger, small pin head size. It was red and is now black and sore when pressed. Looks like small mole under a few layers of hard skin. Had for months. Turned black last 2-3 weeks. ?

Need to examine: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without examining the lesion. What you described suggests a wart. You may wish to try over the counter treatment for a wart, if that does not help, it would be useful to see a doctor.
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