Tips to Get Rid of Bumps & Goose Egg On Forehead
There is a vast network of blood vessels on your scalp and around your head. Any injury to your head may therefore result in bleeding under the skin. If the bleeding is confined to a particular area, a bump or swelling may occur. In medical terms, such a lump or knot on the forehead is known as a hematoma. Most hematomas of this type are not considered serious and require no emergency medical treatment. There are cases, when hematomas do not dissipate but rather harden due to the accretion of calcium deposits. Such hematomas on the forehead are referred to as calcified hematomas.
If your child has a bump on his forehead, it can be a source of major worry. Do not panic though as most bumps or goose eggs on the forehead in children rarely cause any serious medical problems. The skull is an amazing natural helmet for the brain and is designed to withstand the hard knocks of life – literally. If any serious complication has to occur, it will happen within eight to twelve hours of the injury so keep a close eye on your child during this time and look for unusual behavior. If your child exhibits any of the following symptoms after any type of head injury, contact your doctor or 911 immediately:
- He/She vomits two or more times after the injury
- He/She seems disoriented or drowsy
- He/She falls asleep and you are unable to wake him up
- He/She starts to lose consciousness
- He/She does not stop crying
- He/She loses his balance when walking
- He/She is able to move only one side of his body, arm or leg
- He/She experiences memory loss
- He/She has a severe headache
- He/She complains of double vision
- He/She becomes cross-eyed
- He/She had a seizure soon after the injury
- He/She has blood or fluid leaking from his ears or nose
- His/Her speech is slurred
If your child suffers from other medical conditions such as bleeding disorders, heart condition, leukemia or congenital abnormalities, it is better to bring the injury and swelling to the attention of your doctor at the earliest. Similarly, if the swelling has been caused by an auto accident, a fall from a great height, or by a blow from a heavy object, take him directly to the emergency room.
- Injury to the head – A swollen lump on the forehead is often caused by an injury or trauma to the head.
- Dermoid cysts – These are benign cystic tumors found on the skin that contain hair, skin, and other tissue.
- Neurofibromatosis – Neurofibromatosis is a rare condition, the most common type of the disease being Type 1 peripheral neurofibromatosis or von Recklinghausen’s disease. The disease is characterized by cutaneous and subcutaneous tumors along with patches of hyper pigmentation (café au lait spots).
- Sebaceous cysts – Sebaceous cysts refer to cysts that have formed in the epidermis or outermost layer of the skin. Sebaceous cysts are generally painless and non-cancerous, though in some cases, a biopsy may be required to diagnose an infection or skin cancer. If a sebaceous cyst causes your bump, the lump would be firm but mobile. Unless there is an infection or inflammation, this type of bump is rarely painful.
How to Reduce Swelling on Forehead
The best way to get rid of a bump on the forehead caused by an injury is to apply an ice pack to the area. Apply the ice pack for 20 minutes or until the ice melts. Wait for five minutes and then apply another ice pack to the area. Repeat this process often throughout the day. Many people try a forehead massage to reduce the size of the bump. However, this can do more harm than good. Avoid disturbing the lump as this can slow down the healing process.
If the bump does not disappear over time, it is recommended that you consult with your doctor and rule out any possible medical condition that may be causing the swelling. Causes such as dermoid or sebaceous cysts respond well to medical treatment such as anti-inflammatory agents or antibiotics. There is also a possibility that your doctor may recommend you to a plastic surgeon or dermatologist, who can offer you more a permanent solution for the swelling.
How to Treat Hematomas in Toddlers
Treating bumps in toddlers in no different from treating adults. The easiest thing to do to reduce the swelling is to apply a cold pack to the area. If you do not have ice, try to place a bag of frozen peas to the bump immediately. Irrespective of whether you are using ice or frozen food, make sure you wrap it in a clean dry cloth and then apply it to the skin. Never apply ice directly as this can damage the skin.