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A 45-year-old female asked:

i get sharp pains on the left side of my head, right behind my ear, usually accompanied by red blisters in my ear. it comes and goes. what might it be?

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Dr. Stephen Rothstein
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Bumps: Hard to say without seeing but may be a neuralgia or even shingles. Have it checked by a neurologist
Dr. Thomas Mcgowan
Specializes in Family Medicine
Viral reaction: This sounds like it may be recurrent shingles otherwise known as herpes zoster. There are meds to take for this to decrease the duration and intensity of the pain, but there is no cure for shingles.

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Last updated Feb 3, 2015

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