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5 yo boy w/ painful pea size lump right base of skull, s/s for two days, not red or inflamed, no injury or infection .... Concern?

5 yo boy w/ painful pea size lump right base of skull, s/s for two days, not red or inflamed, no injury or infection .... Concern?

Likely lymph node: There are chains of lymph nodes along the neck including at the base of the skull. They can become enlarged with any infection on the scalp, face, or ears... Often they can persist for a while after the infection resolves. If it is still there the next time you see your pediatrician, ask him/her to take a look at it, but most likely it will resolve over the next few weeks. ...Read more

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What to do about a painful lump and throbbing at base of skull on left side?

What to do about a painful lump and throbbing at base of skull on left side?

See a doctor: For a physical exam. The lump may just be inflamed portion of a muscle that you've subjected to a constant strain with poor posture or it could be something very different. Impossible to tell. ...Read more

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Treating Head Lice (Checklist)

Treat all household people with Nix permethrin, if approved by doctor
15 Min, Weekly for 2 Weeks
Each person who had lice should be checked for nits (eggs) each day
5 Min, Daily for 3 Weeks
Do a thorough cleaning of beds, sofas, and play areas. Do the laundry
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What is a lump about 3/4" around on the back of neck, base of skull? Your guess cancer or a cyst? 76-year old male

What is a lump about 3/4" around on the back of neck, base of skull?  Your guess cancer or a cyst? 76-year old male

Possibilities: It is possible to have a swollen lymph node in this region (called occipital nodes). It could also be a cyst such as an epidermal or sebaceous cyst. Another option is a (usually) benign fatty tumor called a lipoma. If it is getting larger or is tender/painful, or associated with other similar lumps, i would get it checked out by your doctor. ...Read more

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Headaches so had MRI & blood tests. Normal. Stretching neck daily for headache relief & now lump base of skull rhs. Is this from over stretch?

Headaches so had MRI & blood tests. Normal. Stretching neck daily for headache relief & now lump base of skull rhs. Is this from over stretch?

Probably not: A lump in that region from overstretch is highly unlikely. The findings that occur most typically in that region are lipomas, although lymph nodes or lymphadenopathy are possible. These potential causes may be visible on your prior MRI scans. If not, a local evaluation and physical exam by a trusted physician would yield a more precise characterization. ...Read more

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Treating Head Lice (Checklist)

Use OTC treatments exactly as directed to be effective
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Remove nits as directed. It's tedious, but effective!
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Re-treat only as directed by your physician
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Tender lump at r base of skull developed today history of migrains, shingles twice in six months, and viral meningitis following first episode of shingles?

Tender lump at r base of skull developed today history of migrains, shingles twice in six months,  and viral meningitis following first episode of shingles?

Enlarge lymph node: Any lump which is tender, indicate it is inflame, if it is under skin it may be a lymph node. Most likely you have acute inflamed lymph node, in rt base of skull due to any sckertch infection of skin over scalp. I did not think it is related to your previous condition, but we can answer better after seeing you. ...Read more

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I have a lump in the back of my neck base of skull its sore like s bruise to touch I have like pressure headache aswell?

I have a lump in the back of my neck base of skull its sore like s bruise to touch I have like pressure headache aswell?

Did you itch it?: Painless: epidermal (sebaceous) cyst epidermal (sebaceous) cysts are, moveable lumps that form beneath the skin's surface. Abscess a skin abscess, or boil, is a swollen, painful, red and warm lump of skin that may rupture and drain pus. Painless: benign lipoma lipomas are a harmless collection of fatty cells that form a round or oval, rubbery lump under the skin. Swollen glands tick bite. ...Read more

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Treating Head Lice (Checklist)

Shampoo with lice shampoo (e.g. Nix)
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Wash all used clothes
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Wash all used bedding
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Use a comb to clear nits in hair
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I've had swollen lymph node on right side of neck-pea size, harder node behind right ear and hard lump-large marble-base of skull for 1yr.Comp?Cancer?

I've had swollen lymph node on right side of neck-pea size, harder node behind right ear and hard lump-large marble-base of skull for 1yr.Comp?Cancer?

Mastoid process v LN: It's possible you're feeling your own mastoid process -which is a normal boney nodule right behind the ear. Check both sides of your head to see if it's symmetrical -if so, that's what it is. If these are 'asymmetric' findings you should have a physical exam by a doctor who can explain these findings. I would want to know more about your medical condition and risks for cancer, so schedule w/ an MD ...Read more

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