Strange Lump in Ear Lobe - What Could it Be?

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In summary, a person had a painful lump in their ear when they were 10 years old. It went away but came back when they were 16. They were advised to see a doctor, who suggested it could be a cyst. They were also advised to make an appointment with a doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment.
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When I was like 10, a painful lumb developed in my ear lob... and it grew quite a bit (not to bad). It hurt for a few months and the suddenly stopped hurting.
Never told anyone, but it stayed there, for six years and SLOWLY shrank...
Now I am 16 and it is growing again and it hurts once more... Any idea what it is?
 
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More then likely a cyst. You should go to your Doctor and have them look at it.
 
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If this were "Who wants to be a millionaire", phoning a friend would be a better option than polling the audience - provided the friend you phoned were a doctor's office to make an appointment.

Detective John Kimble: I have a headache.
Lowell: It might be a tumor.
Detective John Kimble: It's not a tumor!
 
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Probably a sebaceaeous cyst.

Unproblematic to remove.
 
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You'll need to have it looked at by a doctor. Hope all turns out well.
 

Related to Strange Lump in Ear Lobe - What Could it Be?

1. What causes a strange lump in the ear lobe?

There are several possible causes for a lump in the ear lobe. It could be a cyst, an enlarged lymph node, a benign tumor, or an infection. It is important to have it evaluated by a doctor to determine the specific cause.

2. Is a lump in the ear lobe always cancerous?

No, a lump in the ear lobe is not always cancerous. It is more commonly caused by non-cancerous conditions such as cysts or enlarged lymph nodes. However, it is important to have it checked by a doctor to rule out any potential cancerous growths.

3. How is a lump in the ear lobe diagnosed?

The doctor will typically perform a physical examination of the ear lobe and may also order imaging tests such as ultrasound or MRI to get a better look at the lump. In some cases, a biopsy may be needed to determine the exact cause of the lump.

4. What are the treatment options for a lump in the ear lobe?

The treatment for a lump in the ear lobe will depend on the underlying cause. If it is a cyst, it may be drained or removed surgically. Infections can be treated with antibiotics. Benign tumors may need to be removed if they are causing discomfort or affecting hearing. Cancerous growths may require surgery, radiation, or chemotherapy.

5. Can a lump in the ear lobe be prevented?

There is no sure way to prevent a lump in the ear lobe from occurring. However, maintaining good hygiene and avoiding piercings or trauma to the ear lobe can lower the risk. It is also important to get any lumps or changes in the ear lobe checked by a doctor to catch any potential issues early on.

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