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I've had swollen lymph node on right side of neck-pea size, harder node behind right ear and hard lump-large marble-base of skull for 1yr.Comp?Cancer?

I've had swollen lymph node on right side of neck-pea size, harder node behind right ear and hard lump-large marble-base of skull for 1yr.Comp?Cancer?

Mastoid process v LN: It's possible you're feeling your own mastoid process -which is a normal boney nodule right behind the ear. Check both sides of your head to see if it's symmetrical -if so, that's what it is. If these are 'asymmetric' findings you should have a physical exam by a doctor who can explain these findings. I would want to know more about your medical condition and risks for cancer, so schedule w/ an MD ...Read more

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Hard immovable lump where top of neck and base of skull meet along the hairline (occipital lymph node?); itchy scalp; swollen lymph nodes on neck

Hard immovable lump where top of neck and base of skull meet along the hairline (occipital lymph node?); itchy scalp; swollen lymph nodes on neck

Don't worry: It's common at age 16 to have enlarged lymph nodes- you have an active immune system. The lymph nodes at the base of your skull in back are occipital lymph nodes. They get big from viral infections, particularly mononucleosis. If these wax and wane in size, don't worry. If they stay big, see a doctor. Rarely 16-year-olds get lymphoma. I don't think your itchy scalp is related; dandruff? ...Read more

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Treating Head Lice (Checklist)

Treat all household people with Nix permethrin, if approved by doctor
15 Min, Weekly for 2 Weeks
Each person who had lice should be checked for nits (eggs) each day
5 Min, Daily for 3 Weeks
Do a thorough cleaning of beds, sofas, and play areas. Do the laundry
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What is a lump about 3/4" around on the back of neck, base of skull? Your guess cancer or a cyst? 76-year old male

What is a lump about 3/4" around on the back of neck, base of skull?  Your guess cancer or a cyst? 76-year old male

Possibilities: It is possible to have a swollen lymph node in this region (called occipital nodes). It could also be a cyst such as an epidermal or sebaceous cyst. Another option is a (usually) benign fatty tumor called a lipoma. If it is getting larger or is tender/painful, or associated with other similar lumps, i would get it checked out by your doctor. ...Read more

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I have a lump in the back of my neck base of skull its sore like s bruise to touch I have like pressure headache aswell?

I have a lump in the back of my neck base of skull its sore like s bruise to touch I have like pressure headache aswell?

Did you itch it?: Painless: epidermal (sebaceous) cyst epidermal (sebaceous) cysts are, moveable lumps that form beneath the skin's surface. Abscess a skin abscess, or boil, is a swollen, painful, red and warm lump of skin that may rupture and drain pus. Painless: benign lipoma lipomas are a harmless collection of fatty cells that form a round or oval, rubbery lump under the skin. Swollen glands tick bite. ...Read more

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Treating Head Lice (Checklist)

Use OTC treatments exactly as directed to be effective
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Remove nits as directed. It's tedious, but effective!
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Re-treat only as directed by your physician
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Why is base of skull on lumpy parts swollen and sore?

Why is base of skull on lumpy parts swollen and sore?

Lymph nodes?: There are a lot of lymph nodes at the base of the skull. They swell and become sore in response to sore throats, head colds, infections of the scalp, and other problems. An examination by your doctor will likely locate the cause. ...Read more

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5 yo boy w/ painful pea size lump right base of skull, s/s for two days, not red or inflamed, no injury or infection .... Concern?

5 yo boy w/ painful pea size lump right base of skull, s/s for two days, not red or inflamed, no injury or infection .... Concern?

Likely lymph node: There are chains of lymph nodes along the neck including at the base of the skull. They can become enlarged with any infection on the scalp, face, or ears... Often they can persist for a while after the infection resolves. If it is still there the next time you see your pediatrician, ask him/her to take a look at it, but most likely it will resolve over the next few weeks. ...Read more

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Treating Head Lice (Checklist)

Shampoo with lice shampoo (e.g. Nix)
Once
Wash all used clothes
Once
Wash all used bedding
Once
Use a comb to clear nits in hair
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Headaches so had MRI & blood tests. Normal. Stretching neck daily for headache relief & now lump base of skull rhs. Is this from over stretch?

Headaches so had MRI & blood tests. Normal. Stretching neck daily for headache relief & now lump base of skull rhs. Is this from over stretch?

Probably not: A lump in that region from overstretch is highly unlikely. The findings that occur most typically in that region are lipomas, although lymph nodes or lymphadenopathy are possible. These potential causes may be visible on your prior MRI scans. If not, a local evaluation and physical exam by a trusted physician would yield a more precise characterization. ...Read more

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