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I have this bump on my head but I don't recall hitting my head...

I have this bump on my head but I don't recall hitting my head. It seems to be skin colored, it's hard, and painful. It gives me terrible headaches. I am 14 years old if that has anything to do with it.

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Thank you for contacting us about the bump you have noticed on your head.

There are many reasons why bumps like this can appear on the head, the most common bumps or lumps that can become painful to touch are something known as blind boils, this is a collection of pus, often from an ingrowing hair follicle, that develops and grows underneath the skin of the scalp, it differs from an ordinary boil in that is doesn’t form a ‘head’ from where the build up of pus can escape. They are frequently tender to touch and can feel hard, the other most common reason is something called a sebaceous cyst, this is where a gland in the skin cells can become blocked and the secretions from this can build up forming a lump in the scalp, this also can hurt when it is touched. Both these causes and several others can be easily treated by your GP, Although you may feel worried once your GP has seen and examined you I’m confident this will be quickly treated and you will feel reassured. The first thing to do is to have a chat with your parents about what you are feeling and then ask them to make an appointment for you to have a chat with your GP, he will be able to easily examine your scalp and give any treatment that is required.

Answered by the Health at Hand nurses