Lump in back of neck below hairline - Doctor answers

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Lump on back of neck below hairline on the right side. Causes?

Lump on back of neck below hairline on the right side. Causes?

Different options: That area has a lot of things in it both in the skin and below it. Sweat glands, hair follicles and skin cysts as well as lymph nodes, fatty tissue, vessels, muscles and other things. Is the lump growing, inflamed, painful, painless, draining, recurrent or constant, moveable or fixed...? Each of these (and many more) will provide your doc the answers as to what it is and what needs to be done. ...Read more

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Pls help, I have a painful, pea sized lump on LHS back of neck, 1cm below hairline. Health has been poor and glands under neck seem enlarged, esp RHS?

Pls help, I have a painful, pea sized lump on LHS back of neck, 1cm below hairline. Health has been poor and glands under neck seem enlarged, esp RHS?

Lymph nodes: Enlargement of local lymph nodes may be due to local infection and may get better with the use of antibiotics. Please see a physician, you may have a simple easily treatable problem like local infection ...Read more

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Swollen golf ball sized lump on back of daughters neck. Right below hairline. Center...not off center.

Swollen golf ball sized lump on back of daughters neck. Right below hairline. Center...not off center.

Needs exam: There are limited diagnoses related to a midline mass over the cervical spine and appearance, symptoms and onset are all helpful in making a diagnosis. A lipoma is a.benign fatty tumor and not uncommon, but other possibilities would include dermoid cyst or myelocele, or if red and painful, an abscess can occur anywhere. Please have this evaluated. ...Read more

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I have a lump on the back of my neck below the hairline. It doesn't hurt I just came across it. Is it a lymph node or could it be a tumor? I do smoke..

I have a lump on the back of my neck below the hairline. It doesn't hurt I just came across it. Is it a lymph node or could it be a tumor? I do smoke..

SebaceousCyst, Lipoma: The two most common lumps in the area described are lipoma (benign fatty tumors) or inclusion/sebaceous cysts (accumulated secretions from a blocked oil gland). This can often be differentiated by simple examination. Both of these conditions can be safely watched. If you choose to have this removed, it is usually a simple office procedure under local anesthesia. Good luck! ...Read more

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Hard lump on the back of neck below hairline, skin coloured & only hurts slightly when applied more pressure. Used to have slight pain. How? Infection?

Lymphadenitis: Sounds as if this may be a lymph node, enlarged and tender from fighting inflammation. If this persists much longer suggest you see a doctor and have it examined and possibly biopsied if there is a substantial question as to its nature. ...Read more

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Hard lump in back of neck one inch from hairline in trapezius or between sternocleidomastoid. Have had for a year and I tense my shoulders, what is it?

Hard lump in back of neck one inch from hairline in trapezius or between sternocleidomastoid. Have had for a year and I tense my shoulders, what is it?

Many possibilities: How big? Increasing in size? Painful? History of infections? History of cancer? how deep? What does it feel like? Swollen lymph nodes in the area? Redness to the skin? Does it move or is it fixed in position? Drainage? fever? itching? Fatigue? Large number of possibilities, benign cyst, fatty lump (lipoma), enlarged lymph node would be common, have a doctor check it. Most serious, but rare, cancer ...Read more

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Hard immovable lump on back of neck near hairline (left side). Appeared last week and seems to change slightly in size. Should I worry?

Hard immovable lump on back of neck near hairline (left side). Appeared last week and seems to change slightly in size. Should I worry?

Yes, possibly!: You should see a primary care physician soon for a thorough evaluation. Your "lump" can be something common that doesn't necessarily need treatment (lipoma, sebaceous cyst) or something treatable (boil, abscess) or something potentially serious (enlarged lymph node) or something definitely serious (cancerous tumor).

Since you are in Wash, DC, you can make appt to see me. ...Read more

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Severe pain on back of neck on the right side stemming from hairline to the entire length. Small lump at top. No recent trauma. Any ideas what it is?

Severe pain on back of neck on the right side stemming from hairline to the entire length. Small lump at top. No recent trauma. Any ideas what it is?

Texting syndrome?: At your age, if you tend to use the smart phone or other device while looking down, most likely your muscles in the neck are in spasm which can lead to headaches at the hairline level where the muscles attach. The lump could be very likely a muscle band that is tight. Use moist heat. Avoid prolonged bending of the neck such as in texting. Texting Syndrome is a real entity and is a recent phenomeno ...Read more

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Nervous. Woke up and felt raised hard pea size lump on back of neck near hairline. Saw nurse practicioner same day. She says bug bite. Sounds wrong. Ideas?

Nervous. Woke up and felt raised hard pea size lump on back of neck near hairline. Saw nurse practicioner same day. She says bug bite. Sounds wrong. Ideas?

Keep an eye on it.: I would just keep an eye on it. If it resolves (which may take weeks to months), I would not worry. However, if it grows or multiplies I would go back to my medical provider. ...Read more

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I have a pea sized lump behind right ear at hairline and lump on back of neck right side. What could this be?

I have a pea sized lump behind right ear at hairline and lump on back of neck right side. What could this be?

Cyst/node: The lesion behind the ear could be a sebaceous cyst (when sweat gland gets plugged & forms a cyst), the neck could also be a cyst but enlarged lymph node (may be indicative of underlying inflammation/infection) needs to be considered also. Would recommend evaluation with a Physician. ...Read more

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A sore bump on back of neck in hairline and a bump making watery yellow sticky liquid my doc said probably infected spot that I scratched off? Ideas?

A sore bump on back of neck in hairline and a bump making watery yellow sticky liquid my doc said probably infected spot that I scratched off? Ideas?

Abscess?: In general, people can get small abscesses on the back of their necks. It consists of a small collection of infected fluid under the skin. The human body can resolve it on its own if its small but if it gets bigger, then it needs to be drained. ...Read more

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What causes bumps on the back of neck near hairline?

What causes bumps on the back of neck near hairline?

Have it evaluated.: There are many types and causes of skin rashes. Several types of inflammatory conditions of the skin, allergic reactions, and sometimes bacterial, viral or fungal infections can cause rashes on the skin. Insect bites can also be the cause of a rash on the skin. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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I have this lump on the back of my neck near my hairline. It's been there for years. What should I do?

I have this lump on the back of my neck near my hairline. It's been there for years. What should I do?

Not sure of question: Dermatologic conditions are hard to discuss without seeing them, but I'm not sure if the quesiton of what it is matters.
"Wart/mole/growth that hasn't changed in any way in years" isn't one of the cancer warning signs.
A dermatologist would be able to remove it and/or tell what it is.
but not my choice on whether that is important or not. ...Read more

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I have a small lump that has just appeared in the last 24hrs that is on the back of my neck on the right side by my hairline what could this be?

I have a small lump that has just appeared in the last 24hrs that is on the back of my neck on the right side by my hairline what could this be?

? Infection: If you have a lump in last 24 hours, it could be due to injury or infection. If you have a fever or pain with that lump which indicates an infection then you want to see a doctor asap. Sometime we don't notice the lump or bump for sometime even though they are there for long time. If you think that the lump might be there for long time, then you want to a surgeon on routine basis. ...Read more

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A lump on the back of my neck right on my hairline Is causing me headaches.

A lump on the back of my neck right on my hairline Is causing me headaches.

I doubt it: Unless the lump is tender it is not the cause of your headaches. See a doctor and have the lump evaluated. It is likely to be a cyst. ...Read more

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Firm pea sized lump on the right side of the back of my neck at the bottom of my hairline. What is it?!

Firm pea sized lump on the right side of the back of my neck at the bottom of my hairline. What is it?!

Typical for mono: It may be enlarged occipital lymph nodes. It may be sebaceous cyst. It may be... I may continue with long list. See your doctor; let him examine that "pea sized lump". Sorry, can not say better not seeing and touching this lump, and without knowing your history. ...Read more