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Lobe (Definition)

1. A rounded projection, especially a rounded, projecting anatomical part. (for example, the lobe of an ear) 2. A subdivision of a bodily organ or part bounded by fissures, connective tissue, or other structural boundaries. (for example, a ...Read more


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My husband had a small spot frozen off from his ear lobe. Now there is a white thing sticking out of his ear. He just noticed it. What now?

My husband had a small spot frozen off from his ear lobe. Now there is a white thing sticking out of his ear. He just noticed it. What now?

Consult doctor: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without taking additional history, and physical examination. It would be prudent to see your doctor. ...Read more

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My mom has a very small dark brownish round spot, inside very top of ear lobe. How can I tell if it's cancerous or non-cancerous? Doesn't hurt her.

My mom has a very small dark brownish round spot, inside very top of ear lobe. How can I tell if it's cancerous or non-cancerous? Doesn't hurt her.

Look for any changes: Moles are often benign. But if they start changing in color or size, then they need to be removed(biopsy done) by your doctor. So you can watch for a few months unless you have noticed any recent changes in this mole on her year. How large is the size and is the color uniform and border round(look and learn about the abcd of melanoma). ...Read more

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My son has purple circular spots in his ear and they r spreading up onto his scalp as time goes by? Help.

My son has purple circular spots in his ear and they r spreading up onto his scalp as time goes by? Help.

See your doc: Describing dermatologic phenomenon is an exercise in futility. I would take him in and have these looked at. There are a number of innocent possibilities, and a few not so innocent, but a trained professional can identify them readily. ...Read more

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My son is 3 years old and today he has loads if pin prick purple spots all round face neck and chest and on ears?

My son is 3 years old and today he has loads if pin prick purple spots all round face neck and chest and on ears?

Depends: If he has been coughing or vomited recently and every spot is above the nipple line, these spots could be benign coughing peteciae. This you can monitor at home .If not and or any spots extend below the nipple line, it could be something more worrisome.If you are not sure, a visit would help rule out any other issue. ...Read more

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Found little spider veins on ear lobes. 52 yoa. No pattern not many but they are there, purple. Maybe a few elsewhere. .. Is this normal?

Found little  spider veins on ear lobes.  52 yoa. No pattern not many but they are there,  purple. Maybe a  few elsewhere. .. Is this normal?

Spider veins: Spider veins are dilated blood vessels that can occur anywhere as you get older. Sun exposure and trauma such as pinching the skin can make them more common. Some families seem to get more of these and they are most noticeable in light-skined people. ...Read more

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Hello, I just noticed today that I have 4-8 circular purple spots on my right ear, but it doesn't hurt & no pain. Should I go to the doctor?

Hello, I just noticed today that I have 4-8 circular purple spots on my right ear, but it doesn't hurt & no pain.

Should I go to the doctor?

?probably: If the spots go away within the week, then no worries, It could have been a dermal allergic reaction. If they persist however, or grow rapidly, you need to see a dermatologist. It is probably benign, but you don't want a melanomatous process to get started. ...Read more

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I had a pimple on my ear lobe that is painful and the back of my earlobe is dark purple ?

I had a pimple on my ear lobe that is painful and the back of my earlobe is dark purple ?

See below: Inclusion cysts are common in earlobe. Occasionally they get infected. See ENT doctor for treatment. ...Read more