I have been wondering why some of my clients have these fatty-like nodules protruding from their heads. So, by accident yesterday while a client and I were visiting a dermatologist, I learned more about these bumps.
The good doctor called the bump a scalp cyst. She said that they were quite common and most often benign. I still had many questions, of course (since it was not really my appointment!), so I have been doing some research (as usual!).
What I found out is that a cyst is a pocket or a sac. This hollow opening can be filled with air, fluid or tissue. While cysts can form anywhere on the body, if they do develop on the scalp, it is typically over time.
The small bump develops under the skin; sometimes from milia, which are tiny white heads that never come to the surface. If you notice, as a caregiver, that a white or yellow drainage is emitting from the location and is accompanied by a foul smelling odor or becomes tender for your client, then this can mean that the cyst is infected. You need to get your client to their doctor or dermatologist as soon as possible to get the cyst looked at.
You know as well as I do that anything to do with the head can be dangerous. By being proactive with your clients, you are once again showing them that With Age Comes Respect.