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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). ...Read more

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 have a cyst in my ear. Can I pop it on my own?

I have a cyst in my ear. Can I pop it on my own?

Don't pop a cyst: If you have a liquid "bump" over your outer ear, the danger is that you might cause an infection of the cartilage which is serious and hard to treat.
Best to leave these alone.
Once you open this, infection enters, infects the cartilage and deforms the outer ear. ...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. ...Read more

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I have an enlarged lymph node under my left ear could this be a cyst? And why did it just randomly pop up? How can I make it go away?

I have an enlarged lymph node under my left ear could this be a cyst? And why did it just randomly pop up? How can I make it go away?

Get it checked: Difficult to say why anything like that "pops up" with no reason. There are typically causes of these types of things, and a review of the history with your doctor can help reveal the cause and the solution to the problem. See a doctor soon. ...Read more

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What happens if I leave a sebaceous cyst in my earlobe?

What happens if I leave a sebaceous cyst in my earlobe?

Infection: It can get bigger and become painful. There is also a chance that a cyst could get infected and the removing it can become a bigger problem. ...Read more

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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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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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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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I have a cyst on my earlobe and it is infected and it has been coming and going for over a year now and it has caused my earlobe to swell 2 or 3 times?

I have a cyst on my earlobe and it is infected and it has been coming and going for over a year now and it has caused my earlobe to swell 2 or 3 times?

Sebaceous cyst: Cysts in the earlobe are often quite tender. They can get infected, then the pain is even worse. They are usually treated with antibiotics when acutely infected. But, when they "calm" down, removal is usually accomplished in the office. You should see an ENT md to see if it warrants removal at this time ...Read more

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Small cyst in earlobe popped under skin. Earlobe has swollen, is slightly warm, but not too painful. Should I wait to see what happens?

Small cyst in earlobe popped under skin. Earlobe has swollen, is slightly warm, but not too painful. Should I wait to see what happens?

NO: Most likely you have infected cyst, if you get it drained (I&D) you will get quicker relief from pain and less scar formation on your ear lobule, see your doctor also you may need Rx for antibiotics ...Read more

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I have a cyst in my left earlobe are there any home remedies or easy way to get rid of it? Its been feeling like its on fire lately and has got bigger

I have a cyst in my left earlobe are there any home remedies or easy way to get rid of it? Its been feeling like its on fire lately and has got bigger

No guaranteed: Home remedies and usually requires complete excision of the cyst not just drainage. Warm compresses and oral antibiotics can help, but it may require drainage, waiting for the inflammation to resolve and then elective excision when small and painless. Don't manipulate it. ...Read more

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Can sebaceous cysts go away on their own. Ithink I have one on the front of my earlobe, and it's been there for a 5-6 weeks and it hasn't gotten bigger?

Can sebaceous cysts go away on their own. Ithink I have one on the front of my earlobe, and it's been there for a 5-6 weeks and it hasn't gotten bigger?

RARELY: RARELY sebaceous cysts go away on their own. They can be small for years and never cause a problem or they often ge tinfected then they need to be treated and drained or removed ...Read more

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I think I have a cyst in each earlobe my question is 1)how do you know if you have a cyst? 2)can I pierce my ears? Or get a piercing right next to it?

I think I have a cyst in each earlobe my question is 1)how do you know if you have a cyst? 2)can I pierce my ears? Or get a piercing right next to it?

Have it examined: A cyst will feel like a moveable ball. They can form from piercing and they can also get infected. You should not get another piercing until it is examined. Sometimes when they get infected there is left a big scar or defect in the ear which will be hard to fix. See you doctor. ...Read more

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Could a cyst appear where the jaw meets the ear, sort of like right under the earlobe. And what exactly is a cyst?

Could a cyst appear where the jaw meets the ear, sort of like right under the earlobe. And what exactly is a cyst?

Yes: Cyst is a fluid containing structure.
Parotid gland can have cysts, but usually not mobile as you described in prior question.
Skin cysts - sebaceous can occur anywhere on skin including ear and jaw area.
Any trauma?
Any punctures?
Foreign body can cause granulomas lesions. ...Read more

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I have what I think is a cyst in the area close to the hole in my ear and the earlobe. What should I do? Let it go away by itself? It feels like a pea

I have what I think is a cyst in the area close to the hole in my ear and the earlobe. What should I do? Let it go away by itself? It feels like a pea

Wait: If it becomes red, swollen, and tender it may be an abscess. If so, see your doctor as it might need to be drained. If not, give it some time and see what happens. If it lasts more than a week or two, have your doctor take a look. ...Read more

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I have a lump on the low back of my earlobe I stuck a clean needle in there because I thought it'd be a cyst no puss came out only blood.

I have a lump on the low back of my earlobe I stuck a clean needle in there because I thought it'd be a cyst no puss came out only blood.

What is your: Question? You should in no way stick a sterile needle in something you have no idea what it is! Go see your doctor! ...Read more

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Recurring sebaceous cyst in earlobe. Why is my brother's doctor saying surgery to remove earlobe and not just the cyst and the sac of the cyst?

Recurring sebaceous cyst in earlobe. Why is my brother's doctor saying surgery to remove earlobe and not just the cyst and the sac of the cyst?

Ear Lobe Cyst: I don't know the specifics of this problem, the size of the cyst, nor what the ear lobe looks like. But if the size and shape of the ear lobe appears relatively normal, then it would seem appropriate to remove the cyst with preservation of as much of the ear lobe as possible. ...Read more

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I had for the last three months a painful cyst like thing above the back of my earlobe can it cause cauliflower ear? My ear seems fine right now.

I had for the last three months a painful cyst like thing above the back of my earlobe can it cause cauliflower ear? My ear seems fine right now.

Sebaceous cyst: Cysts in the earlobe are often quite tender. They can get infected, then the pain is even worse. They are usually treated with antibiotics when acutely infected. But, when they "calm" down, removal is usually accomplished in the office. This does not cause cauliflower ear. You should see an ENT md to see if it warrants removal at this time ...Read more

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What if I tried to drain an epidermal cyst? I tried to squeeze out the puss and now my earlobe is swelling and has become tender to the touch.

What if I tried to drain an epidermal cyst? I tried to squeeze out the puss and now my earlobe is swelling and has become tender to the touch.

See an MD: It may just be irritated from the pressure but it also may be infected. It is time to go see a professional. ...Read more

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Marble sized hard lump that does not hurt or move under my left earlobe along my jaw. It's not a cyst or swollen node. No other pain. Any ideas?

Lymph node: This is likely a lymph node. If you don't feel well, if it is over 1 cm in size, if it is growing in size, if it is rock hard or stuck to surrounding structures or if it does not go down in size after a month get it checked out. ...Read more