Get your Health question answered in 3 easy steps
A Doctor will be with you shortly
Ask a Doctor Now
165 Doctors are Online

Have painful pimple on scalp filled with pus. Having itchiness. Noticed swollen cervical lymph node. What can this be?

User rating for this question
Very Good
Answered by

Practicing since : 1976
Answered : 1872 Questions

I recently (about a week ago) started to have very painful pimple like bumps on the left side of my scalp. They are not red and do not seem to be filled with pus. I tried puncturing them but nothing would come out. The bumps were not itchy at all at the beginning, just painful especially when touching them, to a point where i could hardly sleep because of the pain experienced when resting my head on them. Pain slowly got less intense and i am now experiencing a bit of itchiness (feels like a wound that is healing) and some strange shivers that seem to originate from the left side of my scalp.

I also noticed what seems like a swollen cervical lymph node on the left/back side of my neck (about 5 mms long bean shaped lump that wont move and has a hard rubbery feel). I do not think that lump was there before the mentioned scalp issue but i could be wrong , as i do not look for lumps on my neck frequently.

I also have a painful bump behind the left ear just under the hairline that feels like the other painful bumps on my scalp do, but it could be another swollen lymph node.

I am very worried about this whole situation, as i know a lot of these symptoms are experienced in lymphoma cases.
Posted Sat, 20 Jul 2013 in General Health
Answered by Dr. Rajiv K Khandelwal 1 hour later

Thank you for your query.

The painful pimple like bump appears to be an infected area of the scalp which is giving rise to the enlarged lymph node behind your ear and the side of neck. This is the body's way of controlling and localizing the infection at one site. Though you mention that it is neither red nor filled with pus I would suggest that you consult your doctor who shall examine the site and put you on a course of antibiotic and anti-inflammatory to take care of the bump and the swollen lymph nodes. The swelling of the lymph nodes shall take some time to settle down. If the bumps appear frequently then the doctor may get you investigated to rule out diabetes.

Lymphomas are usually painless swelling of the lymph nodes and hence you need not worry on that count.

I hope I have answered your query to your satisfaction. Please feel free to revert back in case you need any clarifications or would like to share more facts.

Wishing you an early recovery.


Rajiv K Khandelwal
Above answer was peer-reviewed by
Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Google+
Question is related to
Diseases and Conditions
Medical Topics

The user accepted the expert's answer

Ask a Doctor Now

© Ebix, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All the information, content and live chat provided on the site is intended to be for informational purposes only, and not a substitute for professional or medical advice. You should always speak with your doctor before you follow anything that you read on this website. Any health question asked on this site will be visible to the people who browse this site. Hence, the user assumes the responsibility not to divulge any personally identifiable information in the question. Use of this site is subject to our Terms & Conditions
Already Rated.
Your rating:

Ask a Doctor