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My daughter found a bump on her head ,ten minutes later more bumps...

My daughter found a bump on her head ,ten minutes later more bumps.

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We are sorry to hear that you have discovered several lumps on your daughter’s head. You have not given details of what size they are, what they look and feel like and whether your daughter is suffering any other symptoms and so it would be best for you to make an appointment with your GP to receive a diagnosis.

We have however listed below some common lumps found on the head, which I hope you will find useful.

1. Skin Cysts- These can appear anywhere on the body and are little pockets of tissue under the skin that become filled with pus, fluid or skin matter as a result of infection or due to the sebaceous gland becoming blocked. The appearance of these are generally smooth to touch and painless and develop over a gradual period of time. These cysts are generally treated by draining of the cyst or by the use of antibacterial creams or lotions. These are usually not cancerous.

2. Sebaceous Cyst- This is where a cyst develops by a hair follicle. These are often painful on touch and a dark area is visible on the skin surface. Treatment often involves antibiotic creams and removal of the cyst to prevent it returning. Discharge from these cysts often have the appearance of a cheesy white fluid.

3. Folliculitis- This is inflammation of the follicles due to infection or chemical reaction and is quite common on the face. The area affected is usually red in appearance and pimple like and may include hairs in the centre of the pimple. The skin around the area may also be itchy. Treatment usually involves using antibiotics and antifungal medications but maintaining good hygiene and reducing chemical use eg hair gels, can help too.

4. Lipomas- This is where there is a fatty deposit under the skin. These are smooth to touch and are harmless and generally do not need treating.

5. Melanoma- This is a type of skin cancer. The appearance of this is usually the presence of a new mole or the changing of appearance in a pre existing mole. These are usually irregular in shape, multi coloured, can bleed easily and be itchy.

We do hope the GP is able to diagnose quickly and that these lumps go away for your daughter.

Answered by the Health at Hand nurses