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White Creamy Pus Behind Ear Smells
Is it dangerous 2 have hudradenitis suppurativa all around your ears, neck & head. I'm worried about all the toxins, sometimes the pus smells bad.
Hidradenitis: This abnormality of the apocrine sweat glands is typically confined to the areas of the arm pits and the groins. It sounds like another problem if it is outside of these areas. See your primary care for an exam. May also need to see a dermatologist or ENT surgeon. This should be evaluated ASAP. Hope this helps! ...Read more
I have a lump on the back of my ear which smell's, when I squeeze it pus come's out what isit? I have had it for about 2 years, it does not go down.
Sebacious cyst: See a dermatologist for diagnosis and removal. Don't touch! ...Read more
Having severe ear pain (4 days) deep inside & behind ear into neck. No drainage, sharp/stabbing pain, worse if laying down. What can I do for relief?
Need an exam:
It's possible you have an infection in the ear canal or behind the ear drum. However your symptoms are somewhat atypical for these causes. It's possible the source of your pain is somewhere else in the in the pharynx and is being "referred" to the ear area. You need to see your physician as soon as possible. If the cause isn't apparent you need to see an ENT specialist.
Get well soon ...Read more
Clear sinus drainage, breath throughnose, sinus rinse no problem, but dizziness, ears clicking when swallowing, fluid behind ear noinfection. Allergie?
Fluid: It sounds like you may have fluid in your eustachian tubes. As your sinuses are clear, avoid the rinses and try Valsalva manoeuvres to try and open them up. If not see ENT. All the best. ...Read more
Need drainage: Pus-filled lumps need to drain. If they do not drain spontaneously, need a doctor to help drain. Recommend that you see a doctor. ...Read more
Age24f, A painless swelling behind the ear over the bone, no pus, just hard swelling, no pain. What could be the cause of this?
I have a pus pocket behind my ear it drains and I think it'll go away and it fills back up with a bloody fluid I've had it there for months what to do?
See a doctor: Hi. That needs an in-person evaluation by a doctor. We can't evaluate you over the internet, but a bloody, pusy lesion that's been there for months needs to be evaluated. Good luck! ...Read more
My mother has an abcess behind her ear and pus. I ask if it just in skin or may come from internal ear. How to differentiate?
Almost always: It's almost always in the skin but see your doctor to make sure. ...Read more
I have a hard pea sized lump behind my ear, I pushed it an white pus came out followed by bloody fluid, but the lump hasn't got smaller?
Lump directly behind left ear lobe. Itches and full of pus. Popped it 5 times, but is back the next day. Sometimes hard, sometimes squishy.
Cyst or lymph node: Either you have a lymph node or more likely an infected sebaceous cyst. Once it pops it will continue to pop. You can try warm compress and meticulous cleaning but it will recur soon or years later. Treatment for the cyst requires cutting it out. It can be done in the office. A general surgeon will have experience with this also plastics and ENT. ...Read more
I have a lump behind my left ear. Noticed it yesterday evening. Put preasure on it and pus came out. Now just a knot and sore.
Inflamed cyst: A dermatologist can numb it and scrape it clean, heal in 2 weeks, no stitches or bandages. ...Read more
Not certain: It sounds like there is a fluid collection in the skin behind the ear. Questions to ask yourself: is this soft? Does it move when you touch it? Is it painful or red? Have you had any surgery in this region? There is a natural " lump" behind the ear that is called the mastoid process. This can have an infection and if there is surrounding fluid this may be the fluid lump rthat you see. See your dr. ...Read more
Lymph node: There are thousands of lymph node located around the body that help screen out germs in the body serum before it returns to the circulation. There are many in the neck, head & behind the ear. At rest these are often 1/4 inch in diameter and may grow to marble sized when reacting to a stimulus. Bug bites, or viral infections can increase their size. They should shrink down to nl size over a few wks. ...Read more
Monitor: This may be just a benign lymph node. Monitor the lump for changes such as increasing size, pain, texture, pigmentation. Any of these changes indicate a need for further evaluation. ...Read more
Seborrheic dermatiti: Dry flaky skin behind the ears is more likely due to seborrheic dermatitis, a condition that is cause by excessive colonization of a common yeast called pityrosporum ovale (or malassesia furfur). Treatment typically involves reduced colonization, such as the use of head and shoulder, Nizoral (ketoconazole) or selsun blue shampoos. Lather and leave in for 5min then wash off. ...Read more
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Lipoma: Lipomas, a fatty tumor are common in this location as well as a few other tumors. Has the lump been present for some time or rapidly developing recently? If rapid, get an evaluation by an ENT specialist fairly soon. If it has been there for some time, you can probably ignore it if it does not bother you and is not changing. ...Read more
Ear lump: Hello, the bone behing your ear is called your mastoid prominence. There are lymph nodes in this area that may become inflamed and cause pain. I would recommend ibuprophen as directed for a few days. If this persists, then see your family doctor. I hope this helps. ...Read more
See your doctor: This type of mass may be a lymph node or may something more worrisome. The parotid salivary gland typically extends just behind the earlobe and may develop tumors in that portion of the gland, called the tail of the parotid. You should have your doctor evaluate this mass. ...Read more
Squishy ear lump: Have your local ENT specialist look at it. If it is growing, painful or connected to any part of you ear or neck, it will likely need to be removed. ...Read more
Hopefully: It will resolve without intevention. You may have a swollen lymph node or cyst that may or maynot be infected. If it doesn't resolve - get it checked. ...Read more
Consider taking something cold from the freezer, wrapping it in a towel, and placing it on that area for 10 mins on, then 10 mins off.
Good luck. ...Read more
ENT consult: A lump should be evaluated right away. What you are describing is most likely a benign growth but consult an ENT physician soon. ...Read more
Dr. Said I have fluid behind ear without infection. How long can this last and at what point should I return to Dr if not better? One week long so far
Middle ear fluid: Greetings. Middle ear fluid causes hearing loss, ear pressure and pain at times and possibly even dizziness. Not sure if your doctor recommended treatment but beginning an OTC nasal spray like Nasacort (triamcinolone) every night might help resolve the effusion. We as ENT doctors recommend considering further treatment after a total of 3 months have passed without the fluid clearing. ...Read more