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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.

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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I can feel bubble sort thing in my ear lobe. Is this a cyst? If so, what should I do about it? Pop it?

I can feel bubble sort thing in my ear lobe. Is this a cyst? If so, what should I do about it? Pop it?

Earlobe cyst: It can feel like a small lump or a bb pellet under the skin. It is a sebaceous gland cyst and can become infected. Do not play with it or rub it as that will increase the likelihood of infection.

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What happens if you pull a cyst out of your ear lobe?

Cyst: It would have been helpful to see a picture of it. If it was truly a cyst, it may never come back, it may re-occur or the site may get infected. Discuss it with a physician if you are concerned.

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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!

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2 hard and small cysts found on the back of my ear lobe. Same size since found. Does not hurt until I rub them very hard. No other symptoms. Need help?

2 hard and small cysts found on the back of my ear lobe. Same size since found. Does not hurt until I rub them very hard. No other symptoms. Need help?

Cysts: Most cysts are benign. Have your doctor follow them for size and consistency, but if they remain unchanged don't be concerned. If they grow or persist, your doctor may do a biopsy, just to be sure that it is benign.

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Huge painful cyst on ear lobe. Tried popping with a sterilized pin and it bleeds but doesn't seem to drain. It's uncomfortable what should I do?

Huge painful cyst on ear lobe. Tried popping with a sterilized pin and it bleeds but doesn't seem to drain. It's uncomfortable what should I do?

Cyst: This may not contain liquid matter or pus, and may be a simple inclusion cyst, and you shouldn't try draining it. Have a physician or general surgeon evaluate it for diagnosis and treatment (if needed).

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What is hidradenitis? Have a leaky cyst on upper ear lobe-very painful ear top and back of ear, is this it? Hot compresses and squeezing out fluids.

What is hidradenitis? Have a leaky cyst on upper ear lobe-very painful ear top and back of ear, is this it? Hot compresses and squeezing out fluids.

Hydradenitis: Hidradenitis suppurativa is a skin disease that commonly affects areas bearing apocrine sweat glands or sebaceous glands, such as the underarms, breasts, inner thighs, groin and buttocks. The ear lobe is not a likely location. You should have this seen by a doctor and if necessary referred to a dermatologist.

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Will amoxicillin get rid of a cyst in my ear lobe?

Will amoxicillin get rid of a cyst in my ear lobe?

No: No antibiotic will get rid of any cyst. If a cyst is infected an antibiotic directed against the infecting organism can cure the infection but the cyst will remain.

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Tender lump in crease behind ear right where the lobe connects to cartilage. Is there a node there? Or more likely a cyst?

Tender lump in crease behind ear right where the lobe connects to cartilage. Is there a node there? Or more likely a cyst?

Sebaceous cyst: This is the most common lesion at that location. It may require surgical excision if it gets infected or enlarges.

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I have a small, pea sized hard lump behind my ear lobe. Could it be a swollen gland or a cyst?

I have a small, pea sized hard lump behind my ear lobe. Could it be a swollen gland or a cyst?

Either, or: Could be a swollen gland or cyst. Most likely diagnosis is reactive lymph. Should resolve soon. If not, see an ENT doc for exam.

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I have 2 sebaceous cysts on my neck they come and go, Dr said it's not a problem a third one just popped on my ear lobe. Is it my immunity or genes?

I have 2 sebaceous cysts on my neck they come and go, Dr said it's not a problem a third one just popped on my ear lobe. Is it my immunity or genes?

Neither: Your immunity is fine and sebaceous cysts aren't a hereditary disorder, many people get them, ask your doctor about surgical removal and possibly tissue pathology examination, if your doctor thinks it's important, otherwise don't worry

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I recently lightened my hair and developed a bump behind my left ear and an increased size in a sebaceous cyst in my right ear lobe. Bleach allergy?

I recently lightened my hair and developed a bump behind my left ear and an increased size in a sebaceous cyst in my right ear lobe. Bleach allergy?

Irritant?: More likely an irritant reaction or less likely infection from the material you used for the bleaching. An allergic reaction usually occurs from 1-3 days after the contact and is usually itchy.

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My sebaceous cyst (ear lobe) has become inflamed in the middle of a course of antibiotics. Is this normal and will the antibiotics get rid of the cyst?

My sebaceous cyst (ear lobe) has become inflamed in the middle of a course of antibiotics. Is this normal and will the antibiotics get rid of the cyst?

Sebaceous cyst: Most sebaceous are without issue but if you start to have a flare up I would recommend going to see a physicians as it may need drainage due to trapped infection. A sebaceous cyst is usually just trapped oil that usually would lubricate a hair follicle. They can be really painful and drainage may help the pain resolve faster. Often there is bacteria trapped w/in cyst and the antibiotics can't work.

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What is an ear lobe stretcher used for?

What is an ear lobe stretcher used for?

Ear Lobe Stretcher: Stretching of pearced ear lobe to apply certain jewelry.

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I have pain in both ear lobes what causes this?

I have pain in both ear lobes what causes this?

General check up: I will recommend a general check up with your PCP, he/she will conduct preliminary evaluation and refer you to specialist if need be. Your symptoms are non-specific and may or may not be serious.

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Why causes a left ear lobe to hurt?

Something not on RT.: Don' have a clue, except if it's only on the left something on the left is causing it to hurt.

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Can top of ear lobe get badly sunburn?

Can top of ear lobe get badly sunburn?

Yes: Any area of skin can become sunburnt. Use sunblock spf 15 or higher and reapply according to the package directions.

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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