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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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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 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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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