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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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I have a small hard lump on the back of my head on the left side. No pain on touch. There for many months. But realized it gets sore when I get a cold?

I have a small hard lump on the back of my head on the left side. No pain on touch. There for many months. But realized it gets sore when I get a cold?

Few thoughts: Could be a lymph node or perhaps a skin module or mass. Since you have had this a while and since it seems to bother you it is time to see your doctor for examination ...Read more

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I woke up a few days ago to find a small hard unmovable lump on my lower, back head and a movable small lump on the back left lower side of my neck?

I woke up a few days ago to find a small hard unmovable lump on my lower, back head and a movable small lump on the back left lower side of my neck?

? nodes: These may be enlarged lymph nodes in the posterior neck chains. In the absence of other symptoms like a rash in the neck or scalp, or viral like syndrome, we would simply recheck these in a week to see if they're receding or enlarging or whether new nodes have appeared. In case of the latter, your MD would order appropriate tests which could include a biopsy. ...Read more

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Small lump under skin back of head. Causing slight dull buring in back of head. Lump soft but firm to the touch. New over several months. Need 2 worry?

Small lump under skin back of head. Causing slight dull buring in back of head. Lump soft but firm to the touch. New over several months. Need 2 worry?

Trichilemmal Cyst: The most common sites for trichilemmal cysts are hair-bearing areas, typically the scalp. Clinically, they present as smooth and mobile cysts within the dermis. ...Read more

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Have a bad throbbing pain in back of head and a hard small lump on my right side where the pain is. Can this be a migraine?

Have a bad throbbing pain in back of head and a hard small lump on my right side where the pain is. Can this be a migraine?

Coincidental lump?: Your headache has some features of migraine including being unilateral (one sided) and throbbing. However, there are multiple types of headaches which can share these features as well. None of the classical headache types are associated with a "hard small lump" on the same side of the headache. For this reason you should consult a doctor to determine if this is related or just a coincidental. ...Read more

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Recently noticed hard lump on back of head in center at base on my partner. Feels like bone and is painless. About 2cm across. What could this be?

Recently noticed hard lump on back of head in center at base on my partner. Feels like bone and is painless. About 2cm across. What could this be?

Lump on back of head: For how long? Did it change in size?, and is painless.
Requires an MRI, interpretation, how is the hair on top of the mass?
Probably is a benign mass, however the input and examination, even a biopsy may be required. I cannot touch or feel it.
A neurosurgeon should do the examination. ...Read more

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15 year old male. Hard lump on back of head. On the right a little. Size of large pea. It pokes out so it is very easy to feel. Should skull have bumps?

15 year old male. Hard lump on back of head. On the right a little. Size of large pea. It pokes out so it is very easy to feel. Should skull have bumps?

Lymph node: There are many lymph nodes in the neck and back of the head that are often more noticeable because they are located where our fat pads don't hide them. If you feel around you should find several the size of a pea ; sometimes bigger. They can increase to the size of a big peanut if stimulated by local factors, illness or vaccines. I would just monitor it or have doc see it during regular visit. ...Read more

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15 y/o male. Hard lump on back of head, doesn't move, feels like bone, feels like dent under "lump" making it feel raised. Doc said lymph node?

15 y/o male. Hard lump on back of head, doesn't move, feels like bone, feels like dent under "lump" making it feel raised. Doc said lymph node?

Enlarged: Lymph nodes in that area are generally from SCALP sores which when scratched ca become infected! However, the SKULL often has raised areas which are NORMAL!! Sounds like you need a definite answer and this could involve xrays. If it is a lymph node and persists WITHOUT "simple" explanation a biopsy would be indicated!
Hope this helps!
Dr Z ...Read more

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Small painful lump on back of head, about level with ears more to the left side. No injury? What is it and what do I do about it?

Small painful lump on back of head, about level with ears more to the left side. No injury? What is it and what do I do about it?

Lymph node swelling: This could be a swollen lymph node, which could be infected or swollen because of inflammation or infection on your scalp or ear. It could also be an insect bite. You should have your doctor examine you, so that you can be properly diagnosed and treated. ...Read more

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Hard painful lump on back of head along hair line. Hard and painfull to the touch. Accompanied by headache. What could this be? Medical atn nesesary?

Cyst or abscess?: It is possible that you could have a cyst, infected hair, or abscess that is causing your symptoms. Please see your doctor for proper treatment. It may include antibiotics or it may need incision and drainage. ...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 keep getting hard pus looking lumps on back of head.

I keep getting hard pus looking lumps on back of head.

Seek evaluation: Chronic infections conditions in this area may warrant a multifaceted approach, which may include a wound culture to determine the appropriate antibiotic. Sometimes a longer antibiotic course is necessary, but this brings with it other risks. ...Read more

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I have a hard non moveable lump on left side back of head its been there a year and changes size sometimes its tender to touch should I worry?

I have a hard non moveable lump on left side back of head its been there a year and changes size sometimes its tender to touch should I worry?

See primary care MD: It may be an occipital lymph node draining the scalp. These will enlarge with infections of the scalp usually. It is best to see your primary care physician to determine its significance.
Some lymph node swelling can be serious. ...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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I've noticed that my 2 yo has a lumpy back of head. Lump seem to be symmetrical/hard. Flat spots in certain areas and lumps in others. Is this normal?

I've noticed that my 2 yo has a lumpy back of head. Lump seem to be symmetrical/hard. Flat spots in certain areas and lumps in others. Is this normal?

I'd have to examine: Kids do have some lumpy areas on the skull. Some are a prominence of the normal occipital ridge, some are lymph glands that are prominent because they are not buried in muscle of other tissue like they are in the rest of the body. I'd have to examine it to be sure but most "lumps" are benign if they are not tender. ...Read more

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Noticed rock hard knot/lump on the back side of my head, left side close to occipital bone. Knot is about pea size very painful & sensitive 2 touch.?

Noticed rock hard knot/lump on the back side of my head, left side close to occipital bone. Knot is about pea size very painful & sensitive 2 touch.?

Lump: This could be an inflamed lymph node, cyst or ingrown hair. Apply warm soaks. Check to see whether you have a skin eruption in that area which can cause lymph node reactivity. See your physician as needed. ...Read more

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What could cause small lumps plus sore to touch on back of head?

Lymph nodes/infected: Get your scalp checked for infection and inflammation as well as parasites. Get a blood count to make sure that your body is fighting off infection. ...Read more

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19 month old son has marble sized lump behind ear and two smaller ones on back of head all feel fixed and quite hard no other symptoms but im worried?

19 month old son has marble sized lump behind ear and two smaller ones on back of head all feel fixed and quite hard no other symptoms but im worried?

Lymph node: There are many lymph nodes in the neck and back of the head that are often more noticeable because they are located where our fat pads don't hide them. If you feel around you should find several the size of a pea ; sometimes bigger. They can increase to the size of a big peanut if stimulated by local factors, illness or vaccines. I would just monitor it or have doc see it during regular visit. ...Read more

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My son who is 1 has 4 pea sized hard lumps on side of head by ear and back of head. They are hard and don't move. He's not sleeping very well and not?

My son who is 1 has 4 pea sized hard lumps on side of head by ear and back of head. They are hard and don't move. He's not sleeping very well and not?

Lymph node: There are many lymph nodes in the neck and back of the head that are often more noticeable because they are located where our fat pads don't hide them. If you feel around you should find several the size of a pea ; sometimes bigger. They can increase to the size of a big peanut if stimulated by local factors, illness or vaccines. They have nothing to do with sleep. ...Read more

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My daughter woke up last week with a hard lump on the left side back of head, there is no redness, heat bite mark or sign of infection. It has maintai?

My daughter woke up last week with a hard lump on the left side back of head, there is no redness, heat bite mark or sign of infection. It has maintai?

Sebaceous cyst?: It could be a sebaceous cyst--these are common and not harmful.
Have it looked at the next time you go to the drs--just keep an eye on it.
If grows or has changes need to be removed. ...Read more

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My husband has a hard walnut size lump on the right hand side back of head. You can slightly move it around and it's not painful? Really worried

My husband has a hard walnut size lump on the right hand side back of head. You can slightly move it around and it's not painful? Really worried

Inclusion cyst: Most likely. These cysts contain cellular debris and are benign. Suggest evaluation by dermatologist or surgeon for surgical removal. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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Had tight tension top head for a week. Then scratched small cavity back of head. A quarter sized cyst-like lump appeared oozing sticky fluid in back of head 3 days. Still fee tight from top to left hear with cool fluid moving down head feeling.

Had tight tension top head for a week. Then scratched small cavity back of head. A quarter sized cyst-like lump appeared oozing sticky fluid in back of head 3 days. Still fee tight from top to left hear with cool fluid moving down head feeling.

Abscess?: Sounds like there may be a pocket of infection that needs to be properly drained and treated. Normal (not infected) cysts typically don't grow so rapidly or drain so profusely. ...Read more

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Lump on back of head, what is this?

Lump on back of head, what is this?

Lump on head: There are a great many possibilities. Please submit greater detail concerning the lump so we can be of help. Otherwise see your doctor. ...Read more

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Tender to the touch lump on back of head, not sure what it is?

Boil: This may be an abscess that started as an ingrown hair. Warm applications help bring it to head. It also could be an infected cyst. Consult your physician if there is worsening pain, tenderness or swelling as it may have to be lanced. ...Read more

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Lump on back of head ozzing headache cannot bend head back?

Lump on back of head ozzing headache cannot bend head back?

See someone: Unclear what the lump is, but may be an infection. You need to see someone and have it looked at. ...Read more