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Sharp pain on the right side of head, scalp area swollen. Treatment and cause?

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sharp pain - right side of head - bove earline -- scalp area seems swollen to a space sbout 3" x 5"
Posted Tue, 22 May 2012 in General Health
Answered by Dr. Aashish Raghu 14 minutes later
Hi there.

Have you sustained trauma to the scalp just above your ear on the right side ?

Did you have any problem hearing from the right ear ?

Is there increased warmth, redness and any soft, boggy, fluctuant swelling present at the painful site ?

Is there hairfall over the affected region on the scalp ?

According to the history provided it appears to be a localized infection of the scalp which would have been caused by trauma and secondary bacterial infection.

You may apply Fucidin ointment to the affected area for now. It would be best to consult with a Surgeon to have a look if the swelling is an abscess and needs an incision and drainage.

Sometimes large swellings do need a small surgical procedure to drain out excess pus. Your Surgeon will also prescribe oral antibiotics for the infected swelling on the scalp.

Kindly consume a balanced diet XXXXXXX in proteins as this facilitates in faster healing. Eat plenty of fresh fruits and XXXXXXX leafy vegetables. Drink plenty of water. Exercise daily. Keep good control of your blood pressure as well with low salt diet and regular exercise.

Wishing speedy recovery.


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