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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

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Can thyroid cancer couse swelling and pain in the neck on the left side,back of the head pain on the left side, dizziness and vomiting,menses irregul?

Can thyroid cancer couse  swelling and pain in the neck on the left side,back of the head pain on the left side, dizziness and vomiting,menses irregul?

Thyroid cancer: The vast majority of thyroid cancers present as a painless thyroid mass. Presenting with pain would be rare. Thyroid hormone levels can affect your cycle. Please see your doctor and have your thyroid evaluated. Best of luck. ...Read more

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I just fell backwards on cement driveway landing on my bottom & slammed back of my head. Applying ice to swelling on head..

I just fell backwards on cement driveway landing on my bottom & slammed back of my head.  Applying ice to swelling on head..

See a doctor: Are you on any type of blood thinners like coumadin (warfarin) or plavix? If so, go to the ER. If you do not take any blood thinner then I would still recommend evaluation by your doctor or an Urgent Care. ...Read more

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Had discomfort in my neck 4 weeks. Saw 2 doctors but they said nothing was wrong. Now there's a swelling on back of my neck when I turn my head left?

Had discomfort in my neck 4 weeks. Saw 2 doctors but they said nothing was wrong. Now there's a swelling on back of my neck when I turn my head left?

Recheck.: It may have been there wasn't anything on your exam before. Things can change. If you are now feeling a swelling then you should have your doctor take another look. Some times it takes time for a condition to progress to the point that we can diagnose it. ...Read more

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I have a boil on the back of my head, the swelling has gone down but then i found two sollen glands at the back of my neck under the boil.

I have a boil on the back of my head, the swelling has gone down
but then i found two sollen glands at the back of my neck under the boil.

See below: If you have a boil it is very common for the lymph nodes in the local area to get inflammed. They will go away as the boil subsides. ...Read more

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Back behind my left ear on my head/neck area I feel pain and swelling when I touch it.

Back behind my left ear on my head/neck area I feel pain and swelling when I touch it.

Possible problem.: The mastoid is located behind the ear. If it is your mastoid that is tender, it could be a sign of mastoiditis and should be evaluated right away. You could also have muscle, nerve and or bone problems in that area causing pain. Your best option is to get it checked out by your physician. ...Read more

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I discovered a painless lump on the back of my head. I am bald and you can see the swelling. What could it be?

I discovered a painless lump on the back of my head. I am bald and you can see the swelling. What could it be?

Pilar Cysts: Pilar cysts are common, occurring in 5-10% of the population. Greater than 90% occur on the scalp, where pilar cysts are the most common cutaneous cyst. Pilar cysts are the second most frequent type of cyst on the head and neck. Pilar cysts are almost always benign, malignant transformation being extremely rare. ...Read more

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I have a itchy rash on my neck and head and the back the back of my neck has some swelling. What may be the cause.?

I have a itchy rash on my neck and head and the back the back of my neck has some swelling. What may be the cause.?

Needs to be checked: It needs to be evaluated as the rash is there can be few causes of this.Have you used any cream or ointment.See your doctor or a dermatologist it could be a bug bites, skin infection like impetigo, sometimes the bug bites get infected as well. ...Read more