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A 19-year-old female asked:

I get small hard lumps on the base of my skull. they are sore to the touch, and they are really hard. they look just like regular skin, no redness. they typically last a week at a time and i get them very often. any help?

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Dr. Hiep Le
Dr. Hiep Leanswered
Nephrology and Dialysis 43 years experience
If those are located at the hairline they are likely reactive lymph nodes. Lymph nodes are always there but much smaller but they get bigger and tender when you have a viral infection or scalp infection. No treatment is required.
Last updated Jan 14, 2022

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