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Growth on 11 years head

Posted by
Bob S on March 14, 2002 at 14:51:14:

My eleven year old son has a half dollar size growth on his scalp. It started as a little bump which I thought might be an ingrown hair and proceeded to get bigger. We initially put some draw out salve on it but this really had no effect. Been to a dermatologist who said she's "seen something like it" a few times before but said that it isn't a cyst as it is "mushy" and "not hard". She gave him a steroid shot not to treat it but to regrow the hair. For a while after our vist to her, it seemed to shrink somehat and harden. A few weeks later, it has grown and is more mushy and for the first time hurts him a bit. we took him to another doctor yesterday who said that he did not know what it was either but gave him some antibiotics because it appeared infected to him and is abscessed.

From what I read on this board, it appears to me to be a sebaceous cyst -- both doctors have not said that this is what it is, however.

We would like to get rid of the growth as it is unsightly and we are we are worried that the abcess could drain into his head.

I do not know what to do at this point. Should this been lanced and drained, cut-out, treated topically, or what?

Please provide your insights.



Re: Growth on 11 years head (Kerion) Archive in skin.

Posted by Walt Stoll on March 15, 2002 at 10:58:04:

In Reply to: Growth on 11 years head posted by Bob S on March 14, 2002 at 14:51:14:

Hi, Bob S.

I cannot remamber the name of this but it sounds like a rare combination condition that is bacteria and fungus in synergy. It is difficult to treat because the bacteria and the fungus have to be treated simultaneously.

Well, guess what? I finally remembered the name and I really think this must be what he has: KERION!

Mention this possibility to the docs. Few of us have ever seen this except in textbooks and tend to forget about it when we are in practice.

Let us know what you learn.

Walt

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