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I am concerned about a painful lump at the back of my head and areas of purple blotches.

I am concerned about a painful lump at the back of my head and areas of purple blotches. I don't remember banging my head at all. Should this be something I should be concerned about?

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The answer

Lumps and bumps on the head can occur for a number of reasons. A painful lump or swelling that appears suddenly over a few days may be caused by an injury or infection. It’s likely to be an infection if the skin around the lump is red and warm. Generally, if you detect any lumps or swelling that appear suddenly or appear to change in appearance or become painful, you should seek advice from your GP. They will be able to monitor any changes and, if necessary, investigate further by means of biopsies or other medical imaging tests.

Due to the painful lump and the purple blotches you describe on the back of your head we would recommend you contact your GP for further medical assessment of your symptoms in order to gain a clear diagnosis and appropriate treatment if required.

Answered by the Health at Hand nurses