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Swelling at the top of head with headache! Could this be cerebral fluid?

Swelling at the top of head with headache! Could this be cerebral fluid?

No.: This would be extremely unlikely without some sort of trauma. Cerebrospinal fluid is enclosed within the dura, a tough layer around the brain just under the skull.

I would recommend getting evaluated by your physician if it does not improve soon. ...Read more

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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My son had a syncopal episode with a concussion. He had major swelling on the top of his head (parietal lobe). He cannot smell/taste. Will it return?

My son had a syncopal episode with a concussion. He had major swelling on the top of his head (parietal lobe). He cannot smell/taste. Will it return?

Should improve: If this was a concussion and there was no fracture of the cribiform plate, the loss of smell and taste is not uncommon nor is it unusual. This has a good chance of improving over time. It may take 6-12 weeks. ...Read more

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Slight swelling above top front of ear on head. Clear non smelly liquid leaking out of top of ear. It gets cakey with hair. Need medication?

Preauricular cyst: You have a congenital cyst and sinus. You need to see an ear nose and throat physician for possible surgeryt to remove the cyst and sinus tract. ...Read more

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I have a lump on my head on the right top side suddenly not sure what is wrong painful and feels like swelling too?

I have a lump on my head on the right top side suddenly not sure what is wrong painful and feels like swelling too?

Have it seen: It needs to be seen to be diagnosed and managed. I painful lump makes me think of trauma or infection. All the best. ...Read more

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The top left side of my head hurts but there is no visible reason aside from a little swelling. The area has been sensitive for a couple weeks.?

The top left side of my head hurts but there is no visible reason aside from a little swelling. The area has been sensitive for a couple weeks.?

Swelling and pain in: An area of the scalp, I would be concerned about an infection. Have someone inspect the scalp very carefully, in really bright light, to see if there is any redness or a wound. It could be a very small place like an infected hair follicle or pimple or scab. You may require a course of antibiotics. Its time to c ur doc, since it's been weeks of this. Good luck☺️ ...Read more

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Last week My son hit my nose with his back head, bleeding and swelling was there which stopped later. When I touch my top part of nose I have pain. Pls a?

Last week My son hit my nose with his back head, bleeding and swelling was there which stopped later. When I touch my top part of nose I have pain. Pls a?

Bone contusion: Is the most likely cause of the persistent pain and may take a few weeks to settle down, but it is also possible to have nasal bone fracture. If your nose looks distorted or you have blockage of your nasal passage, then consult yourPCP or ENT to evaluate. Non displaced fractures heal well without treatment, but now is the time to realign the tissue if displaced. ...Read more

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I hit my head really hard on top of my work truck and now I feel nauseous anda floating feeling and a bad headache. Worried about swelling or concusio?

I hit my head really hard on top of my work truck and now I feel nauseous anda floating feeling and a bad headache. Worried about swelling or concusio?

Concussion: Symptoms are present. Sorry you hit your head. Guidelines for restrictions should be discussed with the doctor who examines you. You need to avoid certain activities until all of your symptoms abate. No doubt you gave your brain a good shake. Recovery could take hours, days or even weeks. By reducing the metabolic demands, recovery is more likely to be speedy and complete. ...Read more

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I was stung in the front/top of the head by a yellow jacket 2 days ago and now I have swelling in front of my ear at the top of the jaw.

I was stung in the front/top of the head by a yellow jacket 2 days ago and now I have swelling in front of my ear at the top of the jaw.

Unrelated: Probably coincidental but unrelated. Swilling in front of ear, however, should be evaluated immediately. Please see your GP or go to an Urgent Care Facility immediately. ...Read more

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In 2010, I was treated 4 optic disc swelling+high eye pressure. For >7d now, I have blurry vision in right eye and pain@ top head right side. Plz help?

In 2010, I was treated 4 optic disc swelling+high eye pressure. For >7d now, I have blurry vision in right eye and pain@ top head right side. Plz help?

You need to be seen: If you have a history of these prior issues, it is possible that it could be recurring again or something different. Any time there is blurred vision and eye pain one must be seen urgently to diagnose the problem that will likely need treatment. Time is of the essence because some eye conditions can cause irreversible vision loss, like glaucoma. Good luck! ...Read more

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Top of head and sinus pressure, dizziness, fatigue, congested nose in the morning, slight swelling at bridge of nose. Hard to breathe thru nose.

Top of head and sinus pressure, dizziness, fatigue, congested nose in the morning, slight swelling at bridge of nose. Hard to breathe thru nose.

Sinusitis: Sounds like chronic sinusitis. Probable allergy issues but you may have a chronic sinus infection as well. You need a good ENT exam. Do it. Sinusitis can really make you miserable long term.
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My left cheek (from the top to the bottom near the chin) is swelling and has a hard lump underneath the skin. Also started forming on the bottom right?

My left cheek (from the top to the bottom near the chin) is swelling and has a hard lump underneath the skin. Also started forming on the bottom right?

Vaccination: Without a full examination and photos, it actually is problematic to determine what you have. However, have you been vaccinated for MMR (mumps, measles, rubella)? If not see you primary doc. ...Read more

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My top upper lip is swelling could it be std?

Possible, unlikely: The usual presentation on the upper lip for an std would be blistering and lesions from herpes simplex virus. If it is just generalized swelling it is highly unlikely. ...Read more

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I have a sore spot in the top of my mouth and that is the only thing, no swelling?

I have a sore spot in the top of my mouth and that is the only thing, no swelling?

Mouth sores: It may just be an aphthous ulcer, or canker sore. Can be caused by a virus or irritation from hot foods or even stress. RInse your mouth with warm water and a pinch of salt for local relief Or mix 5 ml of Milk of Magnesia and 5 ml of liquid Benadryl (diphenhydramine). Rinse your mouth and spit out. If the sore does not go away in 10 days, see your provider. ...Read more