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A couple of days ago before I went to bed, I noticed a small red swollen area of skin on my waistline. I assumed that I had just bumped it or my waistband on my pants had caused some irritation, so I didn't think much of it. Nothing had changed the previous day.

However, when I woke up the follow day I noticed that it looked different. It was red and swollen slightly. The red area is about the size of a dime. What's different is that now there is dark (almost black) line running through the red area.

It doesn't hurt or anything, but does anyone have any idea what's going on?

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replied September 12th, 2018
General Q and A Answer A64387
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It is difficult to comment on the cause for the small bump in waist area that you describe without examining it. Consider visiting your doctor/healthcare provider for further examination and evaluation to look for the underlying cause. The possibilities include folliculitis, sebaceous cyst, etc. The exact cause can only be made out after careful evaluation done by your doctor/healthcare provider. Avoid any self manipulation. Treatment as appropriate (based on examination findings and investigations results) would be started to help you control the symptoms. Consider being in regular monitoring and follow-up with your treating doctor/healthcare provider and report any new/abnormal symptoms immediately. Drink plenty of water. Take adequate rest. Maintain healthy diet and lifestyle.
Take care.

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