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Suggest treatment for painful lump on the back of head

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Dr. Grzegorz Stanko

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Posted on Tue, 9 Jun 2015 in Ear, Nose and Throat Problems
Question: i found a lump or "knot" on the back of my head near the base of my skull...it hurts and is painful to touch and is warmer than the areas of my head.
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Answered by Dr. Grzegorz Stanko 11 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Infected sebaceus cyst.

Detailed Answer:
Hello!

Thank you for the query.

Lump in this location is most likely a sebaceus cyst. Its a benign lesion. Symptoms you have indicate that this cyst is now infected. Due to pus presence, you get swelling and pain.
As this area is close to the brain, you should not wait with it. Please consult general surgeon. The lump should be incised and drained. Antibiotic may be necessary.

Hope this will help. Feel free to ask further questions.
Regards.
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