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What causes tenderness on top of the head?

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Posted on Mon, 28 Jul 2014
Question: The top of my husband's head has been quite tender to the touch the past 2 days.. He hasn't hit it or anything but Wednesday he was stung by one of his beekeeper bees on the eyelid. His eye swelled shut and the side of his face was swollen but it has gone down now.
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Answered by Dr. Vivek Chail (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
?Tenderness due to infection caused by scratching

Detailed Answer:
Hi XXXX
Thanks for writing in to us.

I have read through your query in detail.
First aid helps in controlling the effects of bee sting and your husband has followed standard methods.

The first aid list for bee stings includes
1. Remove the stinger and wash the area with soap and water.
2. Apply a cold pack or cloth filled with ice to reduce pain and swelling.
3. Try a pain reliever, such as ibuprofen.
4. Apply a topical cream to ease pain and provide itch relief. Creams containing ingredients such as hydrocortisone, lidocaine or pramoxine may help control pain. Other creams, such as calamine lotion can help soothe itchy skin.
5. Take an antihistamine like Benadryl.

Avoid scratching the sting area. This will worsen itching and swelling and increase your risk of infection. It is important to know if your husband has scratched the area leading to infection causing tenderness. If the tenderness is is increasing with change in skin color then you must consult a doctor to confirm if there is an infection and start taking a short antibiotics course.

Hope your query is answered.
Do write back if you have any doubts.

Regards,
Dr.Vivek
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What causes tenderness on top of the head?

Brief Answer: ?Tenderness due to infection caused by scratching Detailed Answer: Hi XXXX Thanks for writing in to us. I have read through your query in detail. First aid helps in controlling the effects of bee sting and your husband has followed standard methods. The first aid list for bee stings includes 1. Remove the stinger and wash the area with soap and water. 2. Apply a cold pack or cloth filled with ice to reduce pain and swelling. 3. Try a pain reliever, such as ibuprofen. 4. Apply a topical cream to ease pain and provide itch relief. Creams containing ingredients such as hydrocortisone, lidocaine or pramoxine may help control pain. Other creams, such as calamine lotion can help soothe itchy skin. 5. Take an antihistamine like Benadryl. Avoid scratching the sting area. This will worsen itching and swelling and increase your risk of infection. It is important to know if your husband has scratched the area leading to infection causing tenderness. If the tenderness is is increasing with change in skin color then you must consult a doctor to confirm if there is an infection and start taking a short antibiotics course. Hope your query is answered. Do write back if you have any doubts. Regards, Dr.Vivek