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I have a sebaceous cyst behind my earlobe, and i think it is infected. How would i know if it is? And if it's infected will it heal without treatment?

I have a sebaceous cyst behind my earlobe, and i think it is infected. How would i know if it is? And if it's infected will it heal without treatment?

No: An infected sebaceous cyst would appear red in the overlying skin and may be painful. You may also have fevers. If it is infected you will need to be placed on antibiotics and have the cyst removed. It will not resolve on it's own. ...Read more

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Cyst (Definition)

A cyst is a structure or mass that consists of a cellular lined sac. It is typically filled with fluid but may be filled with solid material. It can be congenital, traumatic, or acquired. They may develop nearly anywhere in the body and usually require complete excision for eradication or they are likely to recur. Fluid filled sacs that are not cellular lined ...Read more

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What is one way to treat sebaceous cyst on my earlobe?

What is one way to treat sebaceous cyst on my earlobe?

Drain it: Either bring it to "head" with warm packs or have it opened. Removal of the cyst wall is the definitive treatment. ...Read more

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Treating Ganglion Cysts (Checklist)

Use over the counter pain reliever like ibuprofen or naproxen
Daily
Try not pop or squeeze the cyst
Once
If the cyst gets more painful, ask your doctor about possible drainage
Once
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I have a lump in my earlobe pea size, can it be cancerous? What would the treatment be, what procedure would be used to diagnose what the lump is?

I have a lump in my earlobe pea size, can it be cancerous? What would the treatment be,  what procedure would be used to diagnose what the lump is?

Rarely a cancer: Lumps in the ear lobe are common. Your doctor can easily remove this with a small skin surgery to excise the lump in the earlobe-- done in the office. ...Read more

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I squeezed what I thought was a cyst in my earlobe. Could it have been a lymphnode and ifso will I die?

I squeezed what I thought was a cyst in my earlobe. Could it have been a lymphnode and ifso will I die?

No - don't squeeze: Earlobes don't have lymph nodes. There are lymph nodes all around the ear, but none in the pinna or lobe. It is never a good idea to squeeze lumps - it can lead to infection and scarring. It sounds like whatever you picked at is unlikely to lead to your death. ...Read more

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Treating Ganglion Cysts (Checklist)

If they're small, they can be observed only
Every other month
If cysts are getting bigger, consult Orthopedist
3x year
Know some subside by themselves, but can come back
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I have a a little ball inside my earlobe. Is this a cyst?

I have a a little ball inside my earlobe. Is this a cyst?

Ball in ear: This could be a keloid or like you said a cyst. See a surgeon. ...Read more

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I have mutinous cyst, what are the treatment option?

Mucinous cyst: Depends on where, etc. Surgical removal. ...Read more

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Treating Ganglion Cysts (Checklist)

rest your hand if you job required repetitive motion
every 3 hours
wear a wrist splint
daily
see a surgeon
once

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