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Scalp (Definition)

Scalp is the part of the skin on the skull, deeply attached to the skull and has the hair shafts from it. Rest of the skin in the head like facial skin (beard) has only 2 layers -epidermis and dermis. Scalp has 5 different layers unlike facial skin/rest of skin all over body. Scalp-s-epidermis, c-conn. Tissue, a-aponeurosis, l-loose areolar conn. Tissue and p- pericranium attached ...Read more


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Hard/immovable lump on left under scalp at the midpoint of my ear and an inch in. Noticed yesterday. Slightly painful bt could be from touching it?

Hard/immovable lump on left under scalp at the midpoint of my ear and an inch in. Noticed yesterday. Slightly painful bt could be from touching it?

Posterior lymph node: Major cervical lymph node groups are located in "chains' along the anterior and posterior aspects of the neck. Posterior lymph nodes are located at the back of the neck. They receive lymphatic fluid from the head and neck and often become enlarged during upper respiratory tract infections, dental, throat and viral infections and should resolve. Seek medical evaluation for persistent swelling ...Read more

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I have several hard pea sized lumps on my scalp. Its been there from past 7 years. They don't itch or pain. Does it indicate a severe health condition?

I have several hard pea sized lumps on my scalp. Its been there from past 7 years. They don't itch or pain. Does it indicate a severe health condition?

See your doctor: These symptoms can only be adequately diagnosed only after a thorough evaluation by your doctor. This may include labs and other satudies. Once all of the information is in, your doctor can let you know what's going on, and what to do to help you. ...Read more

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I just noticed my grandson has lumps in his scalp. They are hard and one is pretty large. Is this something that needs urgent attention?

I just noticed my grandson has lumps in his scalp. They are hard and one is pretty large. Is this something that needs urgent attention?

Depends: How old is the child? How long have they been present? Are they tender? Hard or soft? Any drainage. If he is in distress, it is urgent. Otherwise is is routine. ...Read more

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What can I do to get rid of this hard painful lump on scalp?

HARD LUMP IN SCALP: CANNOT TELL WITHOUT SEEING THIS LUMP.
HOW LONG HAS IT BEEN THERE?
PLEASE SEE A DERMATOLOGIST. ...Read more

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Do I have to be concern about a lump that I have under my scalp? Because, it's hurts. But is very hard, like a bone.

Do I have to be concern about a lump that I have under my scalp? Because, it's hurts. But is very hard, like a bone.

Check it out!: Any lump or bump on your body that's different and enlarges or becomes painful needs a doctor's attention. It's impossible to say what it is -- the most common things are cysts (pockets of oil/wax) from hair follicles, fatty tumors, or bone growths. Please see a doctor soon!
Good luck! ...Read more

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Hello I have a hard small lump on my scalp its is a little bit red round the outside but most of it is a yellow colour what could it be?

Hello I have a hard small lump on my scalp its is a little bit red round the outside but most of it is a yellow colour what could it be?

Lump: This may be an ingrown hair, inclusion cyst or even a wen. Redness and tenderness would suggest inflammation or infection requiring some attention. It would have to be inspected by your physician, general surgeon or dermatologist for diagnosis and treatment advice. ...Read more

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I have a hard lump on scalp. It started a few years ago and its larger now. Another is on top now and smaller ones in back of head. What can they be?

I have a hard lump on scalp. It started a few years ago and its larger now. Another is on top now and smaller ones in back of head. What can they be?

These may be: SEBACEOUS CYSTS ("WEN"S)
See your primary care Physician for DIAGNOSIS and a referral for removal. These can cbecome infected therefore removal is usually suggested

Hope this helps!
Dr Z ...Read more

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Small hard lump on head in scalp...Feels hard as bone doesn't hurt and is not red what could this be?

Small hard lump on head in scalp...Feels hard as bone doesn't hurt and is not red what could this be?

Some ideas: This may be an osteoma, a little hematoma / bruise bump that healed with a lot of calcification, or something else. If it's not growing, not painful, and not ulcerating, leave it alone; show your physician next visit. ...Read more

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I have a hard bone like lump about the size of a dime near the left occipital. Have eczema on my scalp and it has been inflamed recently. What is it?

It's a lymph node: Considering that you have eczema on your scalp, it is most likely a lymph node that got stimulated to enlarge. You can tell that it is not a bone by trying to move it under the skin. If it moves, it is not a bone. If your eczema is infected, the lymph node will stay enlarged, I would suggest that you have a doctor take a look. ...Read more

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I have small a little hard non movable lump on the of my head / neck above hairline it does not grow in size not painful its under skin / scalp help?

I have small a little hard non movable lump on the of my head / neck above hairline it does not grow in size not painful its under skin / scalp help?

See MD to b safe: Probably should have it checked out by a doc to be on safe side. If it is not growing larger that's a good sign, but if it's hard and not moveable that "could be" a more serious growth. Hard to say without an actual exam. ...Read more

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I have small a little hard non movable lump on the of my head/neck above hairline it does not grow in size not painful its under skin/scalp do I worry?

I have small a little hard non movable lump on the of my head/neck above hairline it does not grow in size not painful its under skin/scalp do I worry?

Cyst: Its probably a cyst. At some point, if it grows, causes problems, or you just don't like it, surgical removal ca be done. Usually an outpatient procedure with local anesthesia. You should have it looked at by your primary care provider on be sure. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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I found a hard pea sized lump behind my 2 year olds left ear on the scalp. It is skin colored but seems to bother him a little when I touch, thoughts?

I found a hard pea sized lump behind my 2 year olds left ear on the scalp. It is skin colored but seems to bother him a little when I touch, thoughts?

Probably lymph node: Probably a lymph node. If it does not clear up in a week or two, I would get it checked out. Also, if there is any fever, with it, he may need to be evaluated. Could also be a pimple that is a bit deeper under the skin. Same advice applies either way. ...Read more

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My Son is experiencing lump on top of his head under the scalp. It is skin color, pencil eraser in size, tender if touched harder than a pimple?

My Son is experiencing lump on top of his head under the scalp. It is skin color, pencil eraser in size, tender if touched harder than a pimple?

Not to worry: This lump is too small to worry unless it grows in size over the next several months. More than likely it is a benign knot due to either acne (pimple) or a lipoma which can get tender if you keep mashing it frequently. I would advise you to check it but not more than once monthly and note down the size. Unless it grows in size, there is nothing further to be done ...Read more

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41 yo female with Sjogren's Syndrome. Found a small hard lump on the right side of my lumbar spine. My scalp feels like it's sunburned about 1 month?

41 yo female with Sjogren's Syndrome. Found a small hard lump on the right side of my lumbar spine. My scalp feels like it's sunburned about 1 month?

Abs: Well remember this is a syndrome. Which means it affects many areas of the body. You are best to see your doctor so you can control the disease process. ...Read more

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Had psoriasis for years &very mild on back of scalp. 3 weeks ago I noticed small hard lump one side back of head/neck lymph node. Related? Not tender

Had psoriasis for years &very mild on back of scalp. 3 weeks ago I noticed small hard lump one side back of head/neck lymph node. Related? Not tender

Already there?: If it's not growing it could be a scarred lymph node from a previous infection that went unnoticed. To be safe have it checked out. ...Read more

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My son has a hard fixed lump on back of head more to left side parallel with top of his ear. No injury but does have dermatitis on right side of scalp. Seems too high to be a lymph node. But note sure. What could this be?

My son has a hard fixed lump on back of head more to left side parallel with top of his ear. No injury but does have dermatitis on right side of scalp. Seems too high to be a lymph node. But note sure. What could this be?

? mastoid process: From your description and location, this sounds like the mastoid process, which would also be present on the other side. This is a projection of the skull where many of the jaw muscles are anchored. There are a variety of lymph nodes located all over the head and neck, but these tend not to be hard. Your doc could confirm or exclude this by exam. ...Read more