Home > Lifestyle > Man > Your body Updated 13 February 2013 A growth on my head I have a small growth at the back of my head, what could it be? An expert answers. 0 Shutterstock Related What's happening to my skin? The itch least talked about Why do I sweat so much? Follow us Facebook » Ask CyberShrink » Receive Health tips » Test Your sex toy IQ » All the tests you'll ever need 8 strange things your body does We all have embarrassing questions that we’re too afraid to ask. Have no fear. In this weekly series Dr Rakesh Newaj tackles acne keloidalis nuchae.Acne keloidalis nuchae (AKN) is a chronic inflammatory condition characterised by the formation of small growths at the back of the head and neck region. It usually starts in the early 20’s and can increase in number with time. At times the growths can fuse with each other to form large scar areas. This leads to permanent hair loss, thick scars and low self-esteem for the affected person. AKN is much more common in African people with tightly-curled hair, however it can also occur in other races, due to the use of certain medications ( e.g Ciclosporin).Causes: a) Shaving of tightly curled hairs resulting in the emerging hair curling back into the skin. This can lead to inflammation and scars.b) Constant irritation with the shirt collars, chronic infection of the hair roots and any other causes of irritation of the scalpTreatment options1. Prevention of lesions - stop irritation of the scalp and stop- shaving the scalp2. Tretinoin gel and corticosteroid3. Intralesional steroids4. Cryotherapy regime5. Antibiotics use for infections6. Punch excision7. Laser hair reduction and scar reduction8. Surgical excision and repairThis and other embarrassing questions will be answered weekly by sexologist, Elna McIntosh and dermatologist, Dr Rakesh Newaj.Visit the InterSEXions Facebook page and also keep a lookout for the SABC1 TV series coming in February.(February 2013)(Picture: man scratching head from Shutterstock) More in Lifestyle Scientists find the grey hair gene More: ManYour body advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 0 comments Comments have been closed for this article. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... From our sponsors Keep an eye on your vision Which skin products are better, ‘medical grade’ or ‘over-the-counter’? Win 1 of 6 R5000 cash prizes Win a R2 000 Skin Renewal voucher Live healthier Exercise benefits for seniors » Working out in the concrete jungle Even a little exercise may help prevent dementia Here’s an unexpected way to boost your memory: running Seniors who exercise recover more quickly from injury or illness When sedentary older adults got into an exercise routine, it curbed their risk of suffering a disabling injury or illness and helped them recover if anything did happen to them. No relief for MS » Drug shows promise against MS in mouse study Vitamin D may slow multiple sclerosis Obesity in girls tied to higher MS risk Exercise may not lower women's risk of MS A Harvard study showed no evidence to support the idea that exercise lowers the risk of multiple sclerosis.