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Dr. (Liz)Phuong Tran Dr. Tran
Family Medicine
31 years in practice
University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine
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I have a small hard bump where ear lobe connects to the skin. What's this sound like?

I have a small hard bump where ear lobe connects to the skin. What's this sound like?

Cyst: It may be just a simple cyst but you need to see doctor for better evaluation.

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


Dr. John Stephens Dr. Stephens
Dermatology
14 years in practice
Indiana University School of Medicine
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I have a bump in my upper ear lobe it looks like a small pimple. It's very painful. It's going to be my second week with this bump.

I have a bump in my upper ear lobe it looks like a small pimple. It's very painful. It's going to be my second week with this bump.

Ruptured cyst: Likely a ruptured cyst. It may need to be drained or excised. Could also have a small abscess forming that may need antibiotics.

Dr. Pamela Lindor Dr. Lindor
Pediatrics
28 years in practice
University of Massachusetts Medical School
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My son is 15, he broke out on cheeks, underneath neck, ear lobe and back of next in very small bumps, itchy and hot to the touch.?

My son is 15, he broke out on cheeks, underneath neck, ear lobe and back of next in very small bumps, itchy and hot to the touch.?

? contact reaction: Sounds like he may be having a contact dermatitis. This is an irritant or allergic reaction to something put on the skin. Does he shave? Any new products on the face? Have him try a soothing lotion like aveeno (oatmeal) and some Hydrocortisone lotion. If the rash increases or swelling develops, have it checked by the doctor.

Dr. William Culviner Dr. Culviner
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
26 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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What causes itchy white bumps behind ear lobes? I can pop them and the white stuff comes out.

What causes itchy white bumps behind ear lobes? I can pop them and the white stuff comes out.

Sebaceous cysts: Many people have these cysts, which develop in the earlobes and behind the ears. They are oily, containing sebum, and sometimes can get infected. If you're able to express and drain them on your own, I would not be too concerned. If you develop a large one or it becomes infected, then sometimes surgical removal is necessary.

Dr. Edward Junn Dr. Junn
Emergency Medicine
29 years in practice
University of Western Ontario Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry
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I had a small bump under my ear lobe it was getting big but when I started to apply antibacterial cream to it start going down could you tell me what?

I had a small bump under my ear lobe it was getting big but when I started to apply antibacterial cream to it start going down could you tell me what?

? staph infection: As emergency doctor we are seeing tremendous amounts of staph infection. These are regular skin bacteria that in ordinary times do not do any harm but as they change, they can acquire characteristics to invade our skin and cause abcesses that lot of times require incision and drainage. It is hard to tell without exam to see what this is. See your provider.

Dr. Christopher Guzik Dr. Guzik
Family Medicine
20 years in practice
Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine
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I have a bump behind my ear on the bone about the size of a small pea. It is not visible and can only be felt when pressing on it. Ear lobe feels hot?

I have a bump behind my ear on the bone about the size of a small pea. It is not visible and can only be felt when pressing on it. Ear lobe feels hot?

Sebaceous cyst: The sebaceous cyst is a firm rubbery subcutaneous lesion that's freely movable to the skin and has a central open that if squeezed too hard a white thick smelly oil will express from the hole. Do not pick on the whole simply apply warm soapy compress as they open up on its own, if not surgical treatment maybe necessary to remove it.

Dr. Suzanne Galli Dr. Galli
Facial Plastic Surgery
20 years in practice
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
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Dr. Keshab Paudel Dr. Paudel
Internal Medicine
15 years in practice
Tribhuvan University Institute of Medicine
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Dr. James Ferguson Dr. Ferguson
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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My 4 year old son has tiny red bumps on the top of his ear lobes and it seems to be spreading to the outline of his scalp and now on cheeks...any idea?

My 4 year old son has tiny red bumps on the top of his ear lobes and it seems to be spreading to the outline of his scalp and now on cheeks...any idea?

Many possibilities: Rashes that remain localized to specific areas are often reactions to soaps/lotions or other material that was in contact with that area. Specific cause is hard to confirm without an exam and review of possible exposures.

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Dr. John Hoffmann Dr. Hoffmann
Surgery - Plastics
34 years in practice
Baylor College of Medicine
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What do I do about this bump on my ear lobe?

Depends what it is: This could be a cyst from an oil gland or some scar from a prior piercing. Either way it may need to be reoved. Consult with a facial surgeon or a dermatologic surgeon for advice.

Dr. Alan Ali Dr. Ali
Psychiatry
28 years in practice
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences/UAMS College of Medicine
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What to do if I have a bump behind my ear at the bottom begind my ear lobe what could this be?

Bump: Difficult to diagnose without taking a look at it. Consult your family doctor.

Dr. Luis Villaplana Dr. Villaplana
Internal Medicine
31 years in practice
Ponce School of Medicine
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Dr. Laura Anissian Dr. Anissian
Internal Medicine
17 years in practice
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I have a painful (when touched) bump where my ear lobe connect to my face. Is it a cyst? No other symptoms. Should I use a hot compress? Thanks :)

I have a painful (when touched) bump where my ear lobe connect to my face. Is it a cyst? No other symptoms. Should I use a hot compress? Thanks :)

Local infection: Could be a local infection, especially if sensitive to touch. Warm compress can help it come to a head. Keep area clean and it should diminish with time. If not, see your MD!

Dr. Donald Colantino Dr. Colantino
Internal Medicine
57 years in practice
Tufts University School of Medicine
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Dr. Zahid Niazi Dr. Niazi
Cosmetic Surgery
35 years in practice
University of Peshawar, Khyber Medical College
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I have a bump in my left ear lobe that's not from a piercing, doesn't hurt & I've had it once b4 but pretty sure it went away. What is it?

Sebaceous cyst: Sebaceous cyst is the likely diagnosis. See your pcp and he/she will either excise the lump or refer you to a plastic surgeon for excision.

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Dr. John Walker Dr. Walker
Surgery - Plastics
22 years in practice
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Bottom hole and my lobes are fine. Could these ear bumps be keloids? How do I get rid of them?

Bottom hole and my lobes are fine. Could these ear bumps be keloids? How do I get rid of them?

Yes: Yes it could be, especially if you belong to a non-white race group. Keloids are far more common in darker skinned races, the darker, the higher the risk of it being a keloid. You can get silicone coated pressure stud earrings to reduce them, do not cut out, will grow larger! See my answers on treatment in this site.

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Dr. Gary Snead Dr. Snead
ADHD & Autism
30 years in practice
A. T. Still University Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
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My 2 year old son has had a bump on his right side of his neck lined up with his ear lobe but right above his hairline. It is now on his left side too?

My 2 year old son has had a bump on his right side of his neck lined up with his ear lobe but right above his hairline. It is now on his left side too?

Likely lymph nodes: These are most likely appropriate lymph nodes along the chain of lymph nodes and lymphatic vessels that drain the ear area. There is little soft tissue under the skin so the nodes stick out. He should be seen if they become very tender, hot to touch, get bigger very fast, or fluid starts coming out. If they already are bigger than the last part of your pinky he should also be checked.

Dr. Layne Hermansen Dr. Hermansen
Family Medicine
years in practice
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Tender bump in the crease behind ear lobe, no head. Cyst or boil? Seems to be just under skin surface.

Tender bump in the crease behind ear lobe, no head. Cyst or boil? Seems to be just under skin surface.

Lymph node?: A lymph node resides in this area synonymous with mononucleosis (mono / kissing disease) If you are having other symptoms you need to be evaluated, and possibly for lymphoma given your age and other neck pains.