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Date : 13-Jan-2012
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User :   Hi, may I answer your health queries righ
Doctor :   Hi
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How can i help you?
User :   i have a question about a lump right where my earlobe connects to my neck?
Doctor :  
Please proceed with the query?
User :   well i guess that was the question, i dont know what it is?
User :   i dont really care, i just want to make sure it is not cancer!
Doctor :  
I shall help you in this.
User :   thank you!
Doctor :  
May i know your age and gender?
User :   yes male 21
User :   good health!
Doctor :  
Since when do you have these?
User :   umm i am thinking about 3 months atleast, no more than 6 months
Doctor :  
ok.
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Is there any pain/redness?
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Are you there?
User :   no, when I kind of noticed that it was a little bigger a few days ago I started messing with it and it got about twice the original size!
Doctor :  
Ok.
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Is there any pus discharge?
User :   after i started messing with it an area below it started to swell up and there is a semi-hard bump below in it
Doctor :  
Do you have any problem in hearing?
User :   its not very big though, just barely noticable!
User :   no to the pus discharge, and no to any problems hearing that I know of
Doctor :   Do ypu have fever/sore throat?
User :   just so you know, if i stop touching the area for a while the size does seem to go down on the two bumps
Doctor :  
I am sorry to ask these many question, they are relevant to know what the problem is.
User :   no, not that i know of, i fell normal
Doctor :  
Ok.
Doctor :   DO you have diabetes?
User :   nope, and there isnt a history of that in the family
Doctor :  
Ok.
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i shall brief you now.
Doctor :  
This probably looks like a soft tissue swelling.
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But once you start handling it it can turn infectious.
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The exact diagnosis can be made after a biopsy of the lesion.
User :   even if there is no open wound?
Doctor :  
yes,
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Once you start handling it.
User :   is it possible it could be cancer?
Doctor :  
There are chances that it may open up and the infection can spread.
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So avoid touching it with bare hands.
User :   ok i see
User :   ok i will
Doctor :  
From the history that you have provided,
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it does not look like a malignant cancer.
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this could be a benign lesion.
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But i would definitely suggest a biopsy to know the exact cause.
User :   ok, i maybe might have lost three pounds recently, so that has be a little scared, but i have ate a lot less than usuall recently as well so I am hoping it is because of that
Doctor :   it probably might be.
User :   how much weight loss is a sign of cancer?
Doctor :   It is not how much weight loss that matters.
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it depends on how fast you are losing weight.
User :   well no more than three pounds in the last 4 days when I noticed that the lump felt a little bigger and grabed my attention
User :   but like i said i have only ate once on all of those days*
User :   one big meal, i know that i shouldnt do that, i just am busy i guess
Doctor :   weight loss could have secondary to your stress and anxiety, and lack of food.
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But a physical examination and a biopsy of the lesion is strongly recomended.
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is there any other query?
User :   alright, how soon do you think I should make it in for a biopsy?
Doctor :  
I would say as early as possible.
User :   like ER?
Doctor :   No
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Not an ER.
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You can get your self examined by the ENT surgeons with an appointment too.
User :   what does ENT stand for?
Doctor :   Otorhinologist , one who specialises in ear , nose and throat.
User :   o i forgot to mention that my mother has thyroid problems, could that have anything to do with this?
Doctor :  
this probably is not a thyroid nodule.
User :   i dont know what kind of problems i just know she takes medicine for hers
Doctor :  
you get swelling in the middle of the neck in a thyriod swelling.
Doctor :   Is there any other query?

Doctor :  
Please fill the feedback form say done when done.
Doctor :   Are you there?
User :   what my mom thought it was just by looking at it, was a clogged pore and once i messed with that for a while and it got really swollen the area below that got swollen and my mom said
User :   yes, i am trying to get my thoughts together
Doctor :   A definitive diagnosis is possible only after the biopsy.

User :   i know its just that i still have another 25 mins left
Doctor :   That no problem.
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You can go ahead.
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I shall clarify your doubts.
User :   ok thanks, continued that the reason the 2nd area got swollen was because the fluid had to have some place to drain, like through a lymph node. which was what i was thinking both could possibly be.
User :   is that possible?
Doctor :  
yes,
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There are pssibilty that it could be a lymph node swelling too,
User :   is there a lymph node where my earlobe meets my neck?
Doctor :  
There are multiple lymph nodes that are present in the neck.
Doctor :  
Thar are peresnt in that area too.
User :   would one lymph node affect another lymph, cause it seems like if i dont touch them for a while the swelling goes way down and when i start touching it again it gets sore and big.
Doctor :   Yes it can happen.
User :   how long does a byopsy take for results?
Doctor :  
This is a an one hour chat and not 30 minutes caht.
Doctor :  
I you have probably mentioned in the feed back as this reason.
User :   yea thats correct!
Doctor :  
The biopsy results should be available in a3 days to a weeks time.
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and not more than that.
User :   yea, i thought the chat was over earlier, sorry about that
User :   ok thanks
Doctor :  
is there any other query?
User :   well as i sat here, i barely touch the area with the lumps and it seems like they have gone done a great deal.
User :   like i said the less i touch them the less i can fell the lumps
Doctor :   Do not worry on the present problem.
User :   if the the swelling is going down, is that a good thing and what could that mean for the diagnosis?
Doctor :  
The swelling does not look that something to be worried about
Doctor :  
You just need a biopsy to confirm the non malignant nature
Doctor :  
The biopsy shall help in treating it better
User :   that is hard for me not to do, i am only 21 and the possibility of cancer is very stressful to me
User :   how strong do you feel that this is not cancer?
Doctor :  
around 99%
User :   really?
Doctor :  
Yes
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Please do not worr
User :   wow that is great to know, may i ask how come?
Doctor :  
Take it as my word
User :   ok i will!!!
Doctor :  
and just chill out
User :   ok
Doctor :  
You will discover it is not dangerous very soon
User :   i will thank you for your calming words
Doctor :   Ok
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Fill the feedback form please
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Is there anyhing else I can help you with?
Doctor :  
You are always welcome again to chat with me
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and know more for any problem
User :   um let me think lol, i have 5 mins
Doctor :  
You can carry on
User :   o warts, do you think that has anything to do with this?
Doctor :  
I am here always to assist
Doctor :  
It cannot be warts
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It is very unusual
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I wish you do not manipulate the lump
User :   i know that is farely random, but i have had warts for almost 4 years and the only way i was able to get rid of them was with a immune bust!
User :   you dont think i should try that for this do you?
Doctor :   May I know where were the previous lumps?
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and were you happy with the treatment with Immune bust
User :   what do you mean previous lumps?
User :   warts?
Doctor :  
yes
User :   o there where on my feet, everywhere, at the worst of it i had maybe 50 of em
User :   all on the right foot, mostly big toe
User :   but two months of duck tape and immune bust and some herbal remidies and i now only have maybe one or two
Doctor :  
Ok
User :   the doctor said there was only one person he had ever known that had it worse than me?
User :   but there not related right?
Doctor :  
I do not think so
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Usually the warts do not develop on ear lobules
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but if you can send me the photo to my email ID
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I can help you better after inspecting it

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