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Portland, OR
A 19-year-old male asked:

Inflamed bump on tragus. warm, red, painful. i've never had an ear piercing. could this be a cold sore, pimple, or what?

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Dr. Marvin Ott
Emergency Medicine 22 years experience
Folliculitis: An infected hair follicle, it's kind of like a pimple in many ways. Most of these resolve on their own. If it doesn't improve, the redness begins to spread, or you develop fever, see your doctor. You may need an antibiotic. Hope this helps!
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