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Small polyp like lumps on my wifes head what are they doc? when i run my fingers through her hair or massage her scalp it doesn't hurt her there are like ten of them under the skin you can't pop them they don't have a head on them very unusual please hel

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Dr. Linda Gromko
Family Medicine 50 years experience
Have to be there!: Lumps on the scalp are often sabaceous cysts: they grow from blocked glands that produce oil or sweat. They are problematic when they bother the person -or when they become infected. These can be removed by a doctor. Soft lumps may be lipomas: fatty growths. I would encourage you not to squeeze or otherwise try to remove these on your own, though. Have your wife's doctor evaluate her. Lgromkomd.
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Dr. Peter Ihle
Orthopedic Surgery 56 years experience
Infected follicle: Or sebaceous cyst that may b infected or just sore from picking at it . B cause it is sore i suggest u c ur pcp or a dermatologist.
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Last updated Jun 15, 2019


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