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Hematoma or urticaria due to allergy - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Very Good Posted in: Asthma and Allergy
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Practicing since : 2004
Answered : 37 Questions
User :   Hello
My 3 year old son has developed swelling on his forehead. The swelling is focussed right in the center of the forehead. It happened at night and we noticed it in the morning. We could not locate any bump or Bruise nor insect bits though there is a small mosquito bite like thing, but on one side, not center, Since morning the forehead has been swelling up more and more. Will appreciate any help
Doctor :   Hi
User :   Hi
Doctor :   let me read ur query
User :   Hello Dr. , thanks
Doctor :   when u touch it does it pain ?
Doctor :   or does he cry ?
User :   not really
User :   no complaint of pain or itching
User :   although now that the swelling is quite big and prominent he is quite uncomfortable
Doctor :   can u tell me the size ?
Doctor :   and how long did it take to get to its current size ?
User :   appr 2.5-3 inches in diameter
Doctor :   when u press on it does it go inside ?
User :   it started sometime in the night, we noticed in the morning there was a slight swilling appr 1.5 inches. that was 8 AM
User :   no it does not
Doctor :   what color is it ?
User :   slightly pink
Doctor :   in that case , it could be a hematoma
User :   just about his skin color
Doctor :   due to some inadvertant injury he sufered
User :   We also noticed some similar swelling on his left hand though not big
Doctor :   all these developed within few hours ?
User :   yes - since morning
Doctor :   can u tell me the height of the swelling ? i mean the thickness above the skin?
User :   on the hand he has 2 extremely small bumps - as if a fresh mosquito bite
User :   on the forehead I think it is more than 1 cm
Doctor :   u mean it is 1 cm elevated from skin level ?
User :   and spreading
User :   yes
Doctor :   it could be related to urticaria or it could be a hematoma or a blister, due to allergy
Doctor :   do u think the swelling may be filled with water ?
Doctor :   do they appear tense ?
User :   it is hard...though pulpy
Doctor :   ok, seems like a hematoma or a cyst
Doctor :   APPLY icepacks on them
User :   any recommendation?
User :   ok shall do
Doctor :   it may reduce the size of the swelling
Doctor :   also application of soft pressure bandage will also help
User :   ok thanks I thought so...he is a bit finicky but I shall manage
User :   Is there any other recommendation plse or possible external medication?
Doctor :   If the swellings do not subside, it is better to see a doctor, who can give some medications to reduce the swellings, if it is due to allery to something
User :   ok thanks very much doc
Doctor :   You are welcome
Doctor :   Is there anything else i can help you with?
User :   can it be an insect bite causing it?
Doctor :   it could be
Doctor :   the presentation within hrs seems to be either a insect bite or a bump or fall
User :   ok thank you doc
Doctor :   you are welcome
Doctor :   You can give him some benadryl syrup if u have at home
User :   ok doc noted
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   Is there anything else i can help you with?
User :   no thank you doc
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   you are welcome
Doctor :   take care and have a good night
Doctor :   bye for now
User :   bye doc
Doctor :   bye
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