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Small lump on head

Hi, I have a small hard lump on the back of my head, it does not hurt or anything but what is it?

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The answer

Sometimes lumps and bumps can appear under the skin, including the back of the head.  It will help if you can remember in what circumstances this lump came up, e.g. did you hurt your head or fall? However, lumps can appear with no obvious cause of injury. 

One of the common causes of a lump is a skin cyst. They are painless, slow growing and smooth to the touch when they are rolled under the skin. Cysts are non- cancerous, closed pockets of tissue that can be filled with fluid or pus. The cysts do not need to be operated or drained unless they are infected or ruptured. 

While the majority of the lumps are harmless, I would suggest that you see your doctor so that he can diagnose it and recommend any treatment, if necessarily. 

Answered by the Health at Hand nurses  

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