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Painful lump between fossa and helix of outer ear, inner portion of helix, pain on touching. Treatment options?

I have a VERY painful lump between the fossa and helix of my outer ear . The lump is on the inner portion of my helix. Very painful. I never had piercings on my right auricle. Can anyone inform me on what this is and how to get rid of it. I am in so much pain. When I touch it, it hurts, let alone sleeping on my right side. Please help! ):
Asked On : Sun, 24 Jun 2012
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Hi Abeer.issa,
The whole ear pinna is made of cartilages and receives a very rich nerve supply and is quite vascular.
Your swelling seems to be a bacterial infection. It may be an Abscess or a Chondritis.
In any case you need to consult a doctor and most likely a local incision and drainage under local anesthesia will be required along with appropriate course of broad spectrum antibiotics and analgesics.
Take Care!
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