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Old 08-21-2004, 12:44 AM   #1
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Small lump behind ear..?

I've had this little bump behind my left ear for a while now. It's at the area where the lobe meets the cartilage, and where the ear meets the head.. That lovely little crevis, if you can picture it. It was really rather small for a long time, and I just assumed it was some sort of pimple or gland. I haven't been paying much attention to it, but I think it got a bit bigger, but only slightly, and then smaller again, but I recently felt it, and it feels like it's gotten larger again (though it's still pretty small. Not visible really unless you push the lobe forward). It's a bit uncomfortable to prod, but not excessively painful or anything. It seems like it could be a gland, but I don't know. I'm a 15-year-old female, and I became a vegetarian a few months ago, if any of that that could have anything to do with it. I also had lymphangioma removed from the right side of my neck 2 years ago. Bleh, I've just gotten all paranoid now, so if anyone has information or ideas as to what this could be, it would be greatly appreciated. ^^;

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Re: Small lump behind ear..?

My friend's boyfriend has one of those. She said that it has a name and it's some sort of cyst or something like that. Apparently it's something the doctors would like to remove but he doesn't want to do it. His is huge, though. Sorry I don't remember what it's called. But I think she said that it isn't immediately threatening, just something they would rather remove than leave there. If you go to the doctor they should know what it is, and since it is still small, it shouldn't be too hard to remove.

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my son woke up one day with that and we took him to emerg thinking it was something really bad and it was just a cyst. should still get it looked at but nothing to worry about im sure.

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Thanks much to both of you. I really appreciate the info. ^^

Old 08-22-2004, 05:06 AM   #5
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Re: Small lump behind ear..?

sounds like what I had yrs ago but mine became inflammed and it hurt it just to touch it. my dr.lanced it and squeezed out the substance inside. it was filled with a oily cheeze like substance. they're pretty nasty.
I guess it can be the ducts that block up and cause a cyst. dirty earrings can cause it too.
using someone elses earrings too. without cleaning them. that's my experience anyway.
always best to get a doctors opinion though. they'll be able to determine what it is.
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One other thing that is a possibility, do you use hair sprays or gels for your hair. A deeply clogged pore can do this. I get them too. I put some tea tree oil directly on a q-tip and dab it on twice a day it usually drains with in the week and disappears. I find that kmart or walmart is the cheapest place to buy it, in the supplement area or where the bandaids are. I use it on zits too. Good luck.

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Old 08-22-2004, 12:21 PM   #7
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Years ago my husband got the same problem...It got so big in the end he had to go to the emergency dept, they drained the CYST of for has never returned since. Good idea to get it check..
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I have the same bump on both ear lobes, sometimes they do get bigger other times they just absorb themself back into the skin only to return again. It's a type of cyst but nothing to worry about. Try to keep it cleaned with alcohol every day or so to keep the oil down this helps to prevent it from growing big and popping on you. When they pop it's pretty gross looking.
If its real bothersome see a skin specialist they can remove it for you. Being that it is hidden behind the ear I wouldn't worry as much as say maybe if it was right on your face and very noticeable.

Old 08-23-2004, 12:07 AM   #9
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I think they are called "fatty cysts" and are usually from a clogged oil gland. I had one by my eyelid & was told by an eye doc to use baby shampoo deluted in warm water & rub it on there til it went down. It worked, it completely went away.

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