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What could cause a swelling at the back of my head at the base of my skull, and painful lump under my jaw?

What could cause a swelling at the back of my head at the base of my skull, and painful lump under my jaw?

Most lumps, benign: Don't start worrying. The majority of small bumps on your head would be benign (not cancer). Lumps that can be tender are cysts, lymph nodes and less likely lipomas. Still, hard to evaluate it over the net. See your primary md who can take a good history and examen you. Given your presentation it sounds more like lymph nodes. You want to make sure its nothing scary ...Read more

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Dr. David Schleimer
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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more


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I have hard bumps swelling in the back of my head?

I have hard bumps swelling in the back of my head?

Neck Bumps: Without seeing your skin it is almost impossible too make a diagnosis but if you are african anerican you could have acne kelodalis nuchae.Acne keloidalis nuchae (akn) is a condition characterized by follicular-based papules and pustules that form hypertrophic or keloid-like scars. Akn typically occurs on the occipital scalp and posterior neck and develops almost exclusively in young, african-amer. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of an itchy rash with swelling on the back of my head near my neck?

How can I get rid of an itchy rash with swelling on the back of my head near my neck?

Get a diagnosis: Get a proper diagnosis. It could be fungal (tinea capitis) or bacterial (cellulitis) or allergic. These are all treated differently so it is important to know which one you have. ...Read more

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My 11 week old daughter has a swelling on the back of her head, she has a bald patch where she lies but instead of it being flat its bulging?

My 11 week old daughter has a swelling on the back of her head, she has a bald patch where she lies but instead of it being flat its bulging?

Hairless patch: If it doesn't hurt her, and isn't red or irritated, then it probably isn't anything to be worried about. Kids turn their heads to track things all the time and they tend to lose hair in that are due to friction. It always comes black. ...Read more

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Swelling on the lower back of the head, severe headaches n dizziness not due to head injury?

Swelling on the lower back of the head, severe headaches n dizziness not due to head injury?

Needs evaluation: Unexplained severe headaches can be a sign of something dangerous happening and need evaluation in clinic or er; a complete history of the issue and a physical examination and tests if indicated are needed. Tightness of neck muscles can cause headaches, but i would not expect dizziness. ...Read more

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Swelling in the back left side of head, dry irritated eye, and back pain.

Swelling in the back left side of head, dry irritated eye, and back pain.

See your doctor: These symptoms require a thorough evaluation to find out what's going on and what can be done for you. ...Read more

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What causes swelling at the bottom of back of head it's swelled bad on left side of skull?

What causes swelling at the bottom of back of head it's swelled bad  on left side of skull?

Cyst or lymph node: Usually this is a sebaceous cyst or an enlarged lymph node. A medical exam is needed to tell. The cyst can be removed. An enlarged lymph node usually gets better with time but sometimes needs an antibiotic. ...Read more

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Burning and swelling in my forehead,behind the eyes,and at the back of the head.whats wrong with me?

Burning and swelling in my forehead,behind the eyes,and at the back of the head.whats wrong with me?

Head pain: Several things could be causing this. Shingles is something that can cause a burning pain that can affect the face and head. Migraines would also be possible among many others. A physical examination by a primary physician could help sort this out. ...Read more