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Dr. Nicole Basa
Board Certified, General Surgery
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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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Dr. Keegan Duchicela
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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


Dr. Harold Rosenfeld
Board Certified, Plastic Surgery
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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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Dr. Keegan Duchicela
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Dr. Albert Pizzo
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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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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Dr. Lonna Larsh
Board Certified, Family Medicine
24 years in practice
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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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Dr. Keegan Duchicela
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Dr. William Culviner
Board Certified, ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
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Is a cyst suppose to hurt when its in my earlobe?

Is a cyst suppose to hurt when its in my earlobe?

Commonly tender : Cysts in the earlobe are often quite tender. They can get infected, then the pain is even worse. ...Read more

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Dr. Hashim Alani
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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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Dr. Barry Marged
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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I have a cyst in both my earlobes,the cysts are not noticeable but one earlobe has now got bigger than the other.What should i do?Thanks

I have a cyst in both my earlobes,the cysts are not noticeable but one earlobe has now got bigger than the other.What should i do?Thanks

Possible infection: Cysts are benign. However, they can get infected and they can increase in size. If pain, one would think in terms of infection. If not pain then non-infected size is probably the issue. In the long run, if a cyst is causing problems, it can and ought to be removed. Draining a cyst will get it's size down but it will eventually refill; they have to be removed entirely to be gone ...Read more

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Dr. Steven Saunders
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Dr. Alan Ali
Board Certified, Psychiatry
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Where can I go to get a diagnosis/treatment of a cyst?

Where can I go to get a diagnosis/treatment of a cyst?

Cyst: Depends on the type & location of the cyst. Start with your pcp for evaluation & referral if needed. ...Read more

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