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Child hit side of his head 2 weeks ago. Now has goose egg on forehead and bruising on side of head and behind ear have just appeared. Serious?
See someone: Unclear what the lump is, but may be an infection. You need to see someone and have it looked at. ...Read more
Anything: Headaches can come from fatigue, sleeping too much or too little, eye strain, sleep apnea, snoring, being dehydrated, having chronic sinusitis or allergies, too much caffeine or over the counter headache medication, high blood pressure or something more serious like a tumor. See your doctor and get checked. ...Read more
Son, 21 yrs. Old, has head pain when he lies down on back or changes position suddenly. Feels like a big bruise inside his head. ?
Threw my head back when laughing and hit my head on a corner of a cement wall. My head is very sore. Concussion?
Possibly: If you are completely normal with just some pain at the site of impact, you probably can continue to observe. However, if you had loss or altered awareness, focal neurological deficit, worsening headache, are on blood thinners, etc., you ought to get it checked out. If in doubt, err on the side of getting checked out. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My 6 month old baby fell off bed (3ft) head first and bumped her head on the metal frame and has a bump on the topfront part of her head. Take her in?
Not necessarily: You need to observe the baby. If she cried initially but could be consoled and is now active and interested in her surroundings, as well as able to tolerate formula, you can watch her for worrisome signs, such as the soft spot bulging, frequent episodes of vomiting, unequal size of her pupils as well as protracted crying or difficulty arousing her. Such behaviors require emergent evaluation. ...Read more
A 25 kg fire extinguisher fell on top of my head .Head hurts but their is no bleeding.Hurts at one spot when touched,feels heavy.Sight sometimes blurr?
21month old just fell off of bed and hit her head on our metal floor fan. Has a small bump on the back left side of her head! visit er, or just ice i?
Observe her: Probably she'll be fine. Red flags to take her to er stat include: sleepiness, vomiting, purple or red bruise behind 1 ear (battle's sign), facial deformity after the fall, confusion, or seizure. Normal, non-emergent signs to expect after a head injury include headache, nausea, irritability, and lack of interest in playing. Trust your instinct, you're never wrong to bring her to er. Take care! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Thick skull: In general, the backside of the skull is quite thick at any age. That thickness protects it from minor trauma. The brain inside is still at risk of injury when the skull remains intact, if the trauma suffered is enough to rattle up the contents. ...Read more
Is there any real concern when my baby keeps falling over and hitting her head on the wood side rail / panels. She cries but quickly goes back playing?
Unlikely to be pbm: Most kids who fall from their sitting or standing height do not generate the kind of force needed to hurt them.This would be different if they hit the corner of furniture or brickwork.They cry, and settle quiickly.I would be worried if the kid passed out at the time of the fall or developed repeated episodes of vomiting.Keep her on her normal nap/sleep schedule and monitor as needed. ...Read more
My hubby hit his head on a car door frame on the right side of his forehead. Now he has tingling and numbness in his forehead going back in a line?
Dermatitis: This common problem is easily managed with the right topical medication. Your family doctor should be able to help easily with the right treatment. ...Read more
Facial palsy, hearing loss, head trauma from fall down stairs 3 yrs ago. Hearing and left side of face still not 100%. Will it ever come back?
My husband keeps getting a pins and needles sensation in the back of his head which only goes when he insist on banging his head on that area. ?
Pins & needles: The most common cause of pins and needles sensation in the back of the head is a pinched nerve in the neck, usually secondary to significant arthritis or disk degeneration. If the pain is constant, it is understandable that he might want to bang his head just to distract himself from a worse pain, but this isn't the best way to deal with it. Have him see a doctor. Treatments are available. ...Read more
Pressure in face. Tingling around temple,forehead and front part of head all on right side.feeling exhausted, back of head throbbing,neck a lil stiff?
Tingling: Is there a rash on the face. Any fever? Any history of migraines?. If no additional neuroloIgical problems, I would take some Tylenol, (acetaminophen) Advil. If there is any fever, etc, I would recommend you go to an urgent care center or ER to rule out an infection such as meningitis, etc. ...Read more
In 1996 facial trauma in 2005 severe head injury concussion intense pressure pushing out wards very tired. severe popping sound on top of head .
See Neuro: With your History, it would be best for you to see a Dr. and get eval, a neuro Dr. if possible. Best wishes. ...Read more
Playing football going to tackle a boy bigger than him and hit his head on the boys hip he has sharp spine pains , headaches, and feels sick. Help?
3 weeks old baby always keeps her head facing right side. She doesn't feel comfortable keeping head turned left side. Is that a concern?
My daughter is suffering constantly of head pain behind her head and on the left side ...pleade help?
Head pain: She could have migraines. See a pediatric neurologist for evaluation and treatment ...Read more
Small lump on my head above my temple not painful , loss of vishion for 4-5 secs and head aches and dizziness ?
Loss of vision, etc: I would see a neurologist or go to your nearest er for an evaluation. There are numerous possibilities - some serious. Get help right away. ...Read more
Had no libido when on 10mg of lexapro (escitalopram). Doc recently upped dosage to 20mg due to brain fog rearing its ugly head again. Libido back. Make any sense?
Yes, makes sense: Yes, feeling better when your Lexapro (escitalopram) dose was raised makes sense -- your symptoms of brain fog and lack of libido could have been from depression, which Lexapro (escitalopram) helps to treat. This goes to show that when prescribed in the right way for the right people, Lexapro (escitalopram) can be helpful -- and isn't all bad! glad you're feeling better. You can carry this even further with psychotherapy. Be well. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hard to say?: Without a picture or an exam, i don't believe anyone can tell you. Repharase your quesition and give more information. Age would ben nice to know. Any trauma. Since birth? Do your relatives look the same? Interesting question but just can't answer based on your limited question. Sorry! that is my flat-out answer! ...Read more
Tell us about it.: We would need to more information about your headache to help you determine a cause and treatment. Migraine? Sinus? Tension? Cluster? There are several types of headache, and they have different treatments and garner different levels of concern. How about a consult with one of us? We'd be happy to try to help. ...Read more
Protective secretion: Skin may become oily for a number of reasons. It has many small glands used to provide a thin covering of oil-like secretions often accumulated from proteins in the skin. This protects the skin from dehydration, bacteria and other elements. Depending on diet, health and genetics your skin may release more or less oil than the next person. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Back to sleep: Pediatricians now universally recommend putting babies to sleep on their backs to avoid sids (sudden infant death syndrome). Since a babies' skull bones do not fuse together until about 15 months of age, they move causing a flattening of the back of the head. This is temporary, as long as you give your baby plenty of "tummy time" when she is awake. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
It isn't tough: Facial skin can be delicate and only becomes tough and leathery from sun damage. The scalp is protected by hair but if the hair is gone it will easily sunburn. The face and scalp should be treated differently. Wash your face with approprite cleanser for the face and wash your sclp with shampoo. Use sunscreen for both. ...Read more
Muscles: The back of the head is a funnel for all the stress in your neck and shoulders to collect and can drive you crazy. Think flesh=muscles/tissue and not bone/ligament/disc/nerves. Start self-care with a wellness program of vits, magnesium glycinate, sleep hygiene, exercise, self/pro massage, acupressure, chiropractor, yoga, heat, epsom tub soaking, and stretching. In my practice, I use acupuncture. ...Read more
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