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Soft Spot On Head Bulging (Overview)

Soft spot on head is bulging is a symptom in which the soft spot (fontanelle) on top of a baby's head is more firm than usual, and is pushing up the scalp (bulging) a small amount. A momentary bulging soft spot is due to increased pressure, such as when a baby pushes to poop or when a baby is crying. If a soft spot remains bulging, and there are other ill symptoms, the baby may have meningitis.


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Does the presence of a bulging fontanel (soft spot) mean that my baby has meningitis?

Does the presence of a bulging fontanel (soft spot) mean that my baby has meningitis?

Possibly, but...: A bulging fontanel is associated with meningitis. But babies with meningitis have other issues, which may include fevers, poor feeding, lethargy. And bulging fontanel is not only caused by meningitis either. Please see your child's pediatrician if you are concerned. ...Read more

Soft Spot On Head Bulging (Overview)

Soft spot on head is bulging is a symptom in which the soft spot (fontanelle) on top of a baby's head is more firm than usual, and is pushing up the scalp (bulging) a small amount. A momentary bulging soft spot is due to increased pressure, such as when a baby pushes to poop or when a baby is crying. If a soft spot remains bulging, and there are other ill symptoms, the baby may have meningitis.


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Lumpy spots under the skin with no head how to get rid of them?

Lumpy spots under the skin with no head how to get rid of them?

Possible lipoma: While i cannot say for sure, it is possible that you have lipomas under your skin. These are benign growths of skin that are made of fat like cells. They may be hereditary. ...Read more

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Does the presence of a bulging fontanel (soft spot) mean that my baby has meningitis?

Possibly, but...: A bulging fontanel is associated with meningitis. But babies with meningitis have other issues, which may include fevers, poor feeding, lethargy. And bulging fontanel is not only caused by meningitis either. Please see your child's pediatrician if you are concerned. ...Read more

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10mth front head (end of forehead beginning of hair) is bulging. Soft spot flat, head size same but always big. History of IV hemorrhage no symptoms?

10mth front head (end of forehead beginning of hair) is bulging.  Soft spot flat, head size same but always big. History of IV hemorrhage no symptoms?

Get help: This does not sound good at all, especially if the anterior fontanelle is flat. I would have a pediatrician or ER doc evaluate this ASAP. Did the child have any recent trauma? Any neurological signs such as sleepiness or abnormal movements ? Plead have this evaluated immediately, may need ultrasound or scan ...Read more

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Button on the front appeared rapidly (4 weeks) skin color wt small symmetrical colored spots, bulging, roughened, mole size? Could that be a melanoma?

Button on the front appeared rapidly (4 weeks) skin color wt small symmetrical colored spots, bulging, roughened, mole size? Could that be a melanoma?

Get it seen: I suspect it'll turn out to be a keratoacanthoma but any growth that you have to ask about like this needs to be seen by your primary care physician. ...Read more

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Obgyn & dermatologist looked at spots on vulva & said they were normal (moles or pregnancy changes). They look bulging under skin and purple. Venous?

Obgyn & dermatologist looked at spots on vulva & said they were normal (moles or pregnancy changes). They look bulging under skin and purple.  Venous?

Exam needed: We will not be able to guess without being able to do an exam and see what the lesions look like. It sounds like your Obgyn and a dermatologist have done an exam. Schedule a follow up visit to have them clarify the diagnosis and treatment plan ...Read more

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Have painful black spot on my skin. not bulgy or bumpy, the just skin darkens sometimes lentil size and the area becomes painful. Appears disappears?

Have painful black spot on my skin. not bulgy or bumpy, the just  skin darkens sometimes lentil size and the area becomes painful. Appears disappears?

Don't want to guess.: Recommend annual head to toe dermatologic evaluation. This might might be a good time for total once over & to have these lesions assessed. Take care. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Bulging fontanel?

What is the definition or description of: Bulging fontanel?

Increased Pressure: A bulging fontanelle (soft spot on baby's head) is most likely due to increased intracranial pressure. This may be due to a number of factors, including head bleeds, an intracranial mass, or a defect in cerebral spinal fluid production/flow. It is a "safety valve" for babies, and it lets physicians know that a work-up needs to be performed quickly to determine the cause. ...Read more

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What can cause bulging fontanel except meningitis?

Meningitis: Anything causing an increase in the pressure within the skull, such as swelling of the brain, can cause bulging fontanels in infants. ...Read more

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My 6 month old has a bulging fontanel. All tests (mri, CT scan, bloodwork, etc) have come back negative. What else should I push for. ?

My 6 month old has a bulging fontanel. All tests (mri, CT scan, bloodwork, etc) have come back negative. What else should I push for. ?

Measure csf pressure: The only approach that I can consider is to measure the cerebral spinal fluid pressure in consideration of pseudotumor cerebri. ...Read more

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Im 47 and what seems like a soft spot has come up on my head?

Im 47 and what seems like a soft spot has come up on my head?

Mushy spot in scalp?: If a soft or mushy spot on the scalp stays for more than 1-2 weeks, it should be evaluated to see why (in case it is some abnormal skin growth or some type of skin cancer). If it lasts only a few days to a week or two, it could just be some temporary pimple, small cyst, or small abscess that drained itself and went back to normal. If all is not back to normal quickly, an exam is needed. ...Read more

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I had this pain in my head in a particular spot but not anywhere else is that normal?

I had this pain in my head in a particular spot but not anywhere else is that normal?

Likely: You don't quite give enough information here but I can tell you that people who experience headaches often complain about them being in the same spot over and over again so I don't think you are alone in experiencing that. Is it pain that comes over and over again? If so, you may want to see your doctor and discuss with him/her about ways to help get rid of it or manage it better. ...Read more

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What would cause pressue on one spot of your head ?

What would cause pressue on one spot of your head ?

Many things: Most commonly is a tension headache. This can sometimes be just one spot. Trauma is another but this i assume you would have remembered. If no other issues, it will probably go away. ...Read more

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Pressure in one spot of my head that comes and goes ?

Pressure in one spot of my head that comes and goes ?

Headache.: While a large number of headaches are benign, there are some clinical factors that argue towards testing being done, just to be sure. When one gets a headache always in the same particular spot, we usually like to do some testing - blood tests and MRI of the brain - just to be sure. ...Read more

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Bulging Fontanel (Definition)

A bulging fontanelle (soft spot on baby's head) is most likely due to increased intracranial pressure. This may be due to a number of factors, including head bleeds, an intracranial mass, or a defect in cerebral spinal fluid production/flow. It is a "safety valve" for babies, and it lets physicians know that a work-up needs to be performed quickly ...Read more