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Swelling in the ear canal. Small lump just inside the ear canal. What could this be? Should I be concerned?

Swelling in the ear canal. Small lump just inside the ear canal. What could this be? Should I be concerned?

External otitis: Otitis externa is an infection of the ear canal skin and often is very painful. The small lump in the canal may be an abscess. You need appropriate ear drops. See an ENT doctor for correct diagnosis and treatment. Do not use Q-tips. ...Read more

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Tender area behind left ear with slightly raised lump on the mastoid bone and dull earache with tenderness in ear canal. Is this dangerous/serious?

Tender area behind left ear with slightly raised lump on the mastoid bone and dull earache with tenderness in ear canal.  Is this dangerous/serious?

Mastoiditis: You need to be seen and examined, preferably by an ENT doctor. This could be very severe and dangerous and you should go asap. Good luck and hope this improves quickly. ...Read more

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I have a bump in my ear canal. It slightly hurts. What can it be?

I have a bump in my ear canal. It slightly hurts. What can it be?

See doctor: Painful bump in ear can be wax, small boil or cyst or foreign body or growths in ear .Examination is needed to know for sure what it is . See your doctor . ...Read more

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What could a painful bump inside the ear canal be? Ear feels clogged as well.

Otitis externa: Have you been swimming recently? It might be a swimmer's ear (otitis externa) which is a local skin infection of the ear canal. It could also just be a skin infection formed by clogged pore, kind of like a small abscess. I would apply a topical antibiotic like neosporin to the area 3x/day. If it is not improving then you should see the doctor. ...Read more

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Do i need to clean my ear canal?

Do i need to clean my ear canal?

Yes: Wax and dirt can buildup and lessen your hearing ability without you recognizing it. Some wax buildup is so thick that you may need to get a solution from your pharmacy to dissolve the wax. Be careful and follow directions exactly to keep from puncturing your ear drum. ...Read more

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Can mucus drain from the ear canal?

Yes: But it indicates you probably have a hole in your ear drum. Mucus type fluid can accumulate in your middle ear. ...Read more