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A 33-year-old male asked:

i have an enlarged bump on the back of my head on the right side at the base of the skull. it is very tender? no other symptoms. should i be worried?

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Dr. Wendell Goins
General Surgery 42 years experience
See a dr: You may have a pilar cyst( hair cyst) that may be trying to get infected . You may need a surgeon to drain or remove it.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

I have a tender spot on the back of my head. What could be the cause?

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Dr. Ron Jones
Dr. Ron Jones answered
Family Medicine 45 years experience
Probably nothing: You have probably bumped or irritated the "spot" in some manner. Have someone look to see if there is anything visable. If not, give it a while. Remember, in medicine, something bad usually does not go away and gets worse and becomes apparent, if it goes away, it was nothing to start with.
A 18-year-old female asked:

I have a flat tender spot on the back of my head like where the swirl is what can this be?

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Dr. Andrew Dutka
Neurology 45 years experience
Swelling: If you didn't injure the spot where the head is tender (bumped your head) then it is most likely some skin irritation. You could have an allergic response to some shampoo or other hair treatment. As long as you are not an infant, the skull is closed and it is only the scalp you are feeling. There are rare situations when the skull is not closed from birth, but you would have known about that.
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A 30-year-old female asked:

The back top of my head is very tender and has been constantly hurting for 3days now. It just started hurting up front today. What could it be?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Several things: This is a problem that requires a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. In that meeting, your doctor will listen to you, perform a throrough examination and possibly order labs or other tests. Based on this information, he/she will be able to tell you what's wrong and what to do about it.
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A 18-year-old male asked:

I have a little red bump at the back of my head at the hairline smaller than a dime it's a kind of sore, what could it be?

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Dr. Gregory LaMorte
Periodontics 42 years experience
Hair follicle: Sound like an inflamed or infected hair follicle. See a dermatologist for an evaluation.
A 39-year-old member asked:

What does it mean if the back of your head is sore?

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Dr. Harold Fields
Family Medicine 61 years experience
Pain : I cannot give you a definitive diagnosis but if it is intermittent and sharp it is probably muscular. However if it is dull and persistent you should see a physician and get a definitive diagnosis

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