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A 15-year-old female asked:
Dr. Deborah Ungerleider
36 years experience Pediatrics
Lymph node swelling: This could be a swollen lymph node, which could be infected or swollen because of inflammation or infection on your scalp or ear. It could also be an ... Read More
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Dr. Carrie Cannon
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Lymph node: It may be a swollen occipital lymph node that drains the scalp reacting to infection or inflammation of the scalp. If it isn't getting smaller, is lar ... Read More
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Dr. Susan Rhoads
38 years experience Family Medicine
Hard to say: It could be a swollen lymph node from an infection/irritation. Do you have any other symptoms of a cold or a scratch, bite, itchy scalp? If you have ... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bradford Romans
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Cyst: It sounds like it may be a sebacious cyst.This would require removal and , if infected, antibiotics.
Dr. Jeremy White
16 years experience Plastic Surgery
See your PMD: Bumps on the back of the head can come from multiple things, including trauma, as you mentioned. The redness can be a sign of bruise or infection. If ... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Pack
Dr. Mark Pack answered
31 years experience General Surgery
Cyst or abscess?: It is possible that you could have a cyst, infected hair, or abscess that is causing your symptoms. Please see your doctor for proper treatment. It ma ... Read More
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Oscar Novick
58 years experience Pediatrics
Lump: It may indeed be a lymph node that over time has become calcified.
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Nisha Chellam
31 years experience Internal Medicine
Sebaceous Cyst: It may seem like you have an infected sebaceous cyst. I would have this evaluated. If needed removed.
A 45-year-old male asked:
Dr. George Valdez
Specializes in Family Medicine
Get checked: lump under collarbone needs to be checked by doctor, is unlikely but on occasion is sign of cancer.
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Fisher
32 years experience Dermatology
Trichilemmal Cyst: The most common sites for trichilemmal cysts are hair-bearing areas, typically the scalp. Clinically, they present as smooth and mobile cysts within t ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
61 years experience Internal Medicine
Lump: This could be an inflamed lymph node, cyst or ingrown hair. Apply warm soaks. Check to see whether you have a skin eruption in that area which can cau ... Read More
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A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. Margaret Nusca
53 years experience General Practice
Glands: The lumps which grow and shrink are probably glands. The one in the middle sounds like a cyst or blocked pore !!
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A 61-year-old male asked:
Dr. Philip Miller
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Lymph nodes/infected: Get your scalp checked for infection and inflammation as well as parasites. Get a blood count to make sure that your body is fighting off infection.

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