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I have a small hard ball type lump under the skin on earlobe, you can feel it both sides it's extremely painful to touch/lean on. Had it 2+ weeks help?

I have a small hard ball type lump under the skin on earlobe, you can feel it both sides it's extremely painful to touch/lean on. Had it 2+ weeks help?

Infected Cyst: This is likely an infected inclusion cyst in your earlobe. It needs to be drained. Therefore you need to be seen by a physician to be treated. Do not try to pop it on your own. ...Read more

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Have a hard lump the size of a small marble in my earlobe. painful if you squeeze it n doesn't move. What could it possible be n should I tell my gp?

Have a hard lump the size of a small marble in my earlobe. painful if you squeeze it n doesn't move. What could it possible be n should I tell my gp?

Epidermoid cyst ?: If you have pierced ears and the area of the painful lump is close by, you could have epidermoid cyst. This is caused by implantation of epidermis (skin cells) into the dermis (below the skin level) during ear piercing. They can also be caused by a blocked pore adjacent to the piercing. Cysts can be removed by surgical excision if it is causing significant discomfort. ...Read more

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Small lump in the front of earlobe, painless, look like cartilage thing when touch, no inflammation, skin is moving over it , hard? male 22

Small lump in the front of earlobe, painless, look like cartilage thing when touch, no inflammation, skin is moving over it , hard? male 22

Embryonic variant: These are actually quite common. Painless, hard and small lumps in front of the earlobe. Commonly either a cyst or cartilage material. Usually it is something that you are born with but shows up later in life. To be safe, have it seen by a doc, preferably an ENT specialist. They can remove it if there are any concerns. Best ! ...Read more

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Wore magnetic earring and when i took it off a hard lump was left inside my earlobe no discomfort, can't tell/see its there unless touched. What is it?

Wore magnetic earring and when i took it off a hard lump was left inside my earlobe no discomfort, can't tell/see its there unless touched. What is it?

Earlobe Cyst: Sebaceous cysts are the most common type of cysts seen in the ear. They are bulging, sac-like collections of dead skin cells and oils produced by oil glands in the skin. They commonly occur: behind the ear in the ear canal in the earlobe on the scalp. ...Read more

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Hard pea sized lump under skin around earlobe?

Hard pea sized lump under skin around earlobe?

Lymph node, salivary: Adjacent to the ear lobe is the parotid salivary gland and lymph nodes so the lump could be from one of these structures. Also can have skin cysts in this location. Suggest watching it and to see ENT if it gets bigger or if there is pain or tenderness to touch. ...Read more

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I have a small lump on the back of my earlobe as small as a bead . Should i be concerned it hurt when it is pushed on . Color is different than my skin slitly

I : I cannot diagnose your lump. If it is on the back of the ear it could be a post-auricular cyst. A sebaceous cyst contains dead skin and oil. You could have an infection. If it is behind the ear, you may have a swollen lymph node. I suggest you get it checked by your doctor so that the cause can be identified. The doctor can give better information about whether it will resolve of its own or if any intervention is necessary. ...Read more

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