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Hard lump on the side of head, turns soft when pressed. What is this ?

i have had a lump on the side of my head for a good few years now, it is directly infront of my temple.... it was a hard ish gristly type lump but now ive noticed it has turned soft and i can actually press it (lightly ofcourse). im gettin concerned about it as i feel dizzy, dont know if this is related of a sub concious thing. can anyone shed some light on this as im growing concern
Asked On : Wed, 30 Jan 2013
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General Surgeon 's  Response
Hi
Nothing to worry.
Lump on the side of your head may be due to some Cystic swelling,probably Sebaceous cyst.It originates from hair follicle.As it contains white,fatty,semisolid material it will be soft.If it gets infected,it will become painful.
Another possibility is a Dermoid cyst which occurs at the fusion of suture lines in the skull.
Soft swellings like Lipoma(swelling of fat cells),Haemangioma(swelling of blood vessels) have to be excluded too.
Please consult your surgeon and get it treated.
Wish you good health
Answered: Wed, 30 Jan 2013
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