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- Tue Jan 23, 2007 8:10 pm
Just now noticed I have a lump on the back of my head, right in the middle, and where the hole in the back of a ball cap is. It doesn't hurt, and it feels hard to the touch. But not sensitive. Just wondering what this could be.
| Dr. Safaa Mahmoud
- Thu Jan 25, 2007 7:37 pm
It would be more helpful if you can inform us more about the characters of this swelling like size, associated scalp infection, history of recent trauma etc.
This swelling could be :
- Folliculitis, it is an infection of the hair follicles. Forming small, white-headed Bumps in hair follicles (roots).
Lesions may be Itching. Superficial folliculitis resolves spontaneously in a few days, while deep or recurring folliculitis should be medically treated.
- Seborrheic dermatitis, which occurs where the skin is oily or greasy like the scalp.
Secondary bacterial infections may occur forming swellings that need antibiotic local treatment.
- An enlarged lymph node as reactionary to infection in the area drained by them like scalp infections or lesions.
Most of the lesions are soft to firm , may be painful and tender.
- A traumatic lesion which may pass unnoticed. The swelling is felt as hard but pain and tenderness may be present.
Direct clinical examination is essential.
Keep us updated.