I have had a small lump on my head for ever since I can remember now. As far as I am concerned I was born with the raised lump. It is oval shaped and is not painful however at times it does tend to bleed. It is pale and has dark reddish edges. I am concerned about what this could be.
If the lesion is bleeding, it has to be examined by a dermatologist for a proper diagnosis and treatment.
There are a number of congenital skin conditions that can present as lumps, such as mastocytomas or cysts or nevus sebaceus among others, that can be lighter in the center and darker at the edges. For example a nevus sebaceus, which is a yellowish, warty looking plaque without any hair on the scalp, can potentially develop other growths in it that can bleed.
It is difficult to make a diagnosis or prescribe a treatment without seeing and examining the patient, so I recommend seeing a board certified dermatologist for a definitive diagnosis and treatment.
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