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Noticed painful bump behind earlobe. Can this be cysts or swollen nodes?

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Son had earring in for a month without cleaning. He noticed bump behind earlobe then realized his lobe was red and hurt. He took earring out original bump has gone done now has a second painful bump behind ear above the first one. Can this be cysts or swollen nodes fighting off the original infection?
Posted Sun, 23 Dec 2012 in Ear, Nose and Throat Problems
Answered by Dr. Rakhi Tayal 7 hours later
Thanks for posting your query.
A painful bump above the original infection is likely to be due to a swollen lymph node to fight off the infection. Most of the times such swellings subside on doing a hot fomentation and taking mild pain killers.
In case the swelling is persistent then systemic antibiotics may be needed after an examination by a physician.
Hope this answers your query. I will be glad to answer the follow up queries that you have.
Please accept my answer in case you do not have further queries.
Wishing you good health.
Dr. Rakhi Tayal.
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