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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

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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

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I have a lump under my skin on my scalp on the back part of my head it started off with a small bump that had clear fluid in it what shld I do?

I have a lump under my skin on my scalp on the back part of my head it started off with a small bump that had clear fluid in it what shld I do?

Duration?: If there is no soreness or pus, just give it a couple more weeks and see what happens. If there is pus or soreness, try topical antibiotic. See doctor if problem persists. ...Read more

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I just noticed lump on my neck. One is on scalp and other on neck. The one on scalp of my head is paining a lil while other is not. What is this.!! ?

I just noticed lump on my neck. One is on scalp and other on neck. The one on scalp of my head is paining a lil while other is not. What is this.!! ?

See a dermatologist: Only an exam can determine the nature of these lumps and thus the best way to approach them. Possibly tricholemmal cysts, one inflamed, both probably benign. Numerous alternative possible diagnoses. ...Read more

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I have a bump/lump on my scalp skin color and doesn't hurt, should I be worried?

I have a bump/lump on my scalp skin color and doesn't hurt, should I be worried?

Rash: Hello and welcome to HealthTap, it could be just a benign bump or more severe condition like infection; a picture would be helpful. Please share/ inbox if you desire and I would be able to help you in a better way. Thank you! ...Read more

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Sores on skin and scalp oon going for 2 years. Lump in back of neck cyst like.?

Sores on skin and scalp oon going for 2 years. Lump in back of neck cyst like.?

Scalp Folliculitis: Folliculitis is the medical term for the infection and inflammation of the hair follicles. This condition can affect the hair and skin on any part of the body, including the scalp. Scalp folliculitis is characterized by the appearance of small, white or yellowish pustules, that resemble acne. The pustules can be quite itchy and painful at times. Treatment is oral antibiotics. ...Read more

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My scalp has been itchy to the point of bleeding and pus I think psoriasis but I've recently had 2 lumps on the back of my head appear. They got bigger over a couple days and it very painful giving me headaches what would this be?

My scalp has been itchy to the point of bleeding and pus I think psoriasis but I've recently had 2 lumps on the back of my head appear. They got bigger over a couple days and it very painful giving me headaches what would this be?

You now have an: Infection in your scalp from you scratching it so much and your lymph glands are now reacting trying to fight off the infection. It is to the point now that you need antibiotics. Go see your physician now before it gets worst. ...Read more

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Small lump/bump in my daughters head or scalp, at the back of the ear & at the back of the head what to do? Please help.

Small lump/bump in my daughters head or scalp, at the back of the ear & at the back of the head what to do? Please help.

Lymph node: Lymph nodes are very common. Depending on age, size and location, it determines what needs to be done. You may want to consult with your doctor. ...Read more

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Extremely dry flaky scalp all the time. Skin in crispy lumps. Sometimes spreads to ears. What is it. Tried every shampoo under the sun?

Extremely dry flaky scalp all the time. Skin in crispy lumps. Sometimes spreads to ears. What is it. Tried every shampoo under the sun?

Crispy Lumps??: (sounds like a breakfast cereal!)
not sure what you are describing...Could be eczema, psoriasis or just dry skin.
I suggest that you see a dermatologist. ...Read more

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I've had a lump on the back of my head since a child, I did a MRI said I have a cyst but it's under the scalp, they said my brain ok I'm worried, stre?

I've had a lump on the back of my head since a child, I did a MRI said I have a cyst but it's under the scalp, they said my brain ok I'm worried, stre?

Now worries: A cyst under the skin is not in contact with the brain. In order to reach the brain it would have to go through the skull and many layers in between. It is harmless. ...Read more

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Hi I am extremely worried, I have a red mole or lump on my scalp and its burning and itching for a few months now on my right side of head?

Hi I am extremely worried, I have a red mole or lump on my scalp and its burning and itching for a few months now on my right side of head?

Worried: Get it checked. The red color could be indication for some type of hemangioma. I doubt that this is a cancer as it would usually not be red or itchy. Other thoughts would be psoriasis or some type of fungal infection. Either way after two months it is not going away. Get checked! ...Read more

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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

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

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. ...Read more

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I have pcos/ terrible symptoms/flakey + inflamed scalp-very itchy/lump in my neck/bad skin under breasts and whrre I shave/cysts on my back help!

I have pcos/ terrible symptoms/flakey + inflamed scalp-very itchy/lump in my neck/bad skin under breasts and whrre I shave/cysts on my back help!

Seek help: Polycystic ovarian syndrome is a condition that needs to be treated by a team including your dermatologist and gynecologist. All of the symptoms can be treated. ...Read more

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I have a small lump on left backside of neck. Near the ear feels like a bruise but didn't hit head, and top of scalp very tiny bumps. And a stiff neck?

I have a small lump on left backside of neck. Near the ear feels like a bruise but didn't hit head, and top of scalp very tiny bumps. And a stiff neck?

See your doctor: If you truly have a stiff neck--cannot touch your chin to your chest or move head from side to side, you must be seen urgently by your doctor or emergency room--if you have fever this becomes more urgent.
If you have any scalp problems this may cause tiny bumps or if you pull your hair tight as some do for braids, this may be related. See your physician. ...Read more

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Bump in scalp flesh color and hard skin?

Bump in scalp flesh color and hard skin?

Scalp bump: This may be a cyst or inflamed ingrown hair A bony outgrowth of the skull is another possibility. If there is pain and tenderness, a physician should examine you for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Painful hard bump on scalp in back of head?

Painful hard bump on scalp in back of head?

Seek medical attenti: You should describe this lump/bump in detail. When did it first appear and has it been growing in size? What is the present size?
It can be infection, a blocked sebaceous gland being one common entity which can get inflamed and painful. If it is over 1 cm in size, you should seek medical attention from your doctor. You may need antibiotics if it is an infection. But it could also be something else ...Read more

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3 SM flat/raised shiny skin firm bumps back scalp. 2 at exact opp ends of head (right & left), smaller 1" from left bump. Left bump black dot middle?

3 SM flat/raised shiny skin firm bumps back scalp. 2 at exact opp ends of head (right & left), smaller 1" from left bump. Left bump black dot middle?

Sebaceous cyst?: A bump with a black dot in the middle is likely a sebaceous cyst. As for the other bumps a photo of them would be helpful. Consider a Virtual consultation on Health Tap where you could upload photos of the area. ...Read more