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bump on my head the size of a dime, relatively hard.

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I just recently noticed this bump that I have on my head. It is about the size of a dime and sort of red. It is also relatively hard. I know that I have had it for at least a week but I\'m not quite sure what it is, so if anybody has any ideas, do tell. I\'m 19 and in college right now so asking a doctor is a little bit difficult at the moment. Thanks so much!

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replied May 24th, 2012
Skin Answer A35273

Welcome to ehealthforum and thanks for writing

A red hard bump on the back of your skull can be a hematoma , abscess or folliculitis. A physical examination is necessary for proper diagnosis.If infectious cause is detected then antibiotics may be required to combat the infection.

Meanwhile doing a hot fomentation will help in reducing the pain and soft tissue swelling.You can also take OTC available pain killers as Ibuprofen.
If the bump increases in size,shape or there are any other symptoms consider visiting a Physician for clinical assessment as it would help in giving a better picture.

Take care!

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