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Forehead bump

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My son is 3. He has a little oval shaped circle in the center of his forehead. It isn't hard and doesn't feel elevated but from a distance, I can see the defined oval. When he's running and gets hot and red, the circle stays somewhat white and doesn't flush over. If I feel it or run my fingers over it, it feels soft like maybe some swelling?!?? It's soft just raised and an oval. What could this be?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dermatology
Expert:  DocPhilMD replied 2 years ago.
do you have a pic?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
I'll try to upload
Expert:  DocPhilMD replied 2 years ago.
ok. standing by
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Expert:  DocPhilMD replied 2 years ago.
Does it seem like fluid underneath?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Yes
Expert:  DocPhilMD replied 2 years ago.
It could be some type of cyst. I think it is benign but an ultrasound might be needed
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Are there malignant causes of something like this?
Expert:  DocPhilMD replied 2 years ago.
no. If you can feel the skull underneath the fluid, then he is fine in all likelihood
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Yes I mean it doesn't stand out. I can only see it in some kind of light. I can feel down and across it and feel his bone.
Expert:  DocPhilMD replied 2 years ago.
I think he is fine then. Get it looked at because I can only do so much online but I think you have nothing to worry about
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Is passed photos, it seems to be there. Since baby years.

What are the options of what it can be?

Expert:  DocPhilMD replied 2 years ago.
that is probably just his anatomy then
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Ok. Did you also see the baby photo? I can kind of see it in them also. Just recently really noticed it. Does this look concerning?
Like I said, doesn't stand out. Looking at it from the side, no bump is visable.
Expert:  DocPhilMD replied 2 years ago.
Yes I can see it that is why it isn't concerning. If it was there that long and it were bad it would be a problem by now
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Ok. Do you have any options of what it could be?
And what would the ultrasound rule out?
Does fluid accumulation mean anything on the forehead? I wasn't even considering malignancy until you said that..
Expert:  DocPhilMD replied 2 years ago.
I think it is just his anatomy. He has more soft tissue there. Could be some type of cyst but I doubt it. I really think it is just how he is built
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Ok. Thanks. A cyst would feel like a lump though right?
This doesn't have any defined edges. It's just soft and sticks out a little.
Expert:  DocPhilMD replied 2 years ago.
Not necessarily on the cyst. But it is likely not that given it was there since he was very young
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Ok. Are there any scary possibilities on forehead lumps?
Expert:  DocPhilMD replied 2 years ago.
no not really
Expert:  DocPhilMD replied 2 years ago.
please don't forget a positive rating. That is the only way we are credited for our workIf you have more questions, just reply
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Ok. So I should have a pediatrician see him for this?
And a cyst is benign right?
Also, a pool of fluid in forhead could just be anatomy?
Expert:  DocPhilMD replied 2 years ago.
Correct on all 3 fronts.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Ok.
Is this a AsAP thing or can I watch it?
He may have bumped if head recently and I didn't know too to
Make it more pronounced. I'm so worried.
Expert:  DocPhilMD replied 2 years ago.
you can watch it. clearly it was there since he was a baby. I see no reason to worry. Just get in when you can
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Ok. Yes. Multiple photos over the years show it at some angles and in the correct lighting.
Thanks.
Expert:  DocPhilMD replied 2 years ago.
welcome :) Please don't forget that all important rating. I appreciate it
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
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Expert:  DocPhilMD replied 2 years ago.
I noticed you relisted Michelle
I thought I spent a lot of time with you and gave you great information.
What else do you seek?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
I just would like to know what the options are of things this could be
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
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Expert:  DocPhilMD replied 2 years ago.
would you mind rating positive for me first?
That is the only way I am credited for my time.
Then I can opt out