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Painful lump on the side of the head. Flaky skin. What is it?

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i have a lump on the left side of my head at the base of my skull that has been there about 2 years now. skin flakes off of it like dandruff. it is painful to the touch & about 1 inch in diameter. do you know what this might be? I am 60 years old.
Posted Mon, 11 Jun 2012 in Skin Hair and Nails
Answered by Dr. Rakhi Tayal 2 hours later
Thanks for posting your query.
The lump on the scalp that is painful and scaly is likely to be due to seborrheic dermatitis or sebaceous cysts or a scalp fungal infection. Scalp cyst or folliculitis are the other possibilities.
A direct examination by a dermatologist will help in the proper diagnosis. The treatment will depend on the cause.
Applying a clotrimazole- betamethasone cream after hot fomentation on the area may provide you some symptomatic relief for short term.
Hope this answers your query. I will be glad to answer the follow up queries that you have.
Please accept my answer in case you do not have further queries.
Wishing you good health.
Dr. Rakhi Tayal.
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