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Red bumps on ear lobe, swelling, dark purple sometimes. Due to trapped blood vessel?

I have a red bump on the tip of my right ear lobe for just over a year now, it calms slightly at times & goes a darker purple & swells at other times, when pinched it goes white. The bump does not hurt but is not nice to look at it is roughly the size of a large peanut & I believe may be caused by a trapped blood vessel . What is this & how should it be y Treated?
Asked On : Fri, 25 Jan 2013
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ENT Specialist 's  Response
Aug 2013
hello and welcome to HCM,

First of all let me tell you that many of my patients have the kind of swelling you mentioned without any problems whatsoever. And they usually disappear in a week or two.

But any mass or swelling has to be properly examined by the ENT and only then we can be perfectly sure that you are fine.

So consult another ENT, ask for a proper examination and maybe request for a FNAC or biopsy to confirm the diagnosis

If needed then start a course of antibiotics and anti inflammatory medications as a first attempt to reduce the swelling in consultation with the doctor

Remember that even scalp or skin lesions can cause lumps like this so consult your dermatologist also

take care and get well soon

Dr Sriram Nathan
Answered: Fri, 23 Aug 2013
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