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Swelling on the small piece of outer ear, occasionally oozing with bad smell. What could it be?

for about a year now the the small piece of the outer ear that you can push in to block off sound has been swollen. about 2 or 3 months after it first started swelling it was really hurting, so i squeezed it. some puss came out so i continued doing this off and on over a couple of weeks. the puss had a bad smell. the puss is gone but its still swolen.
Asked On : Wed, 30 Jan 2013
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Welcome in H.C.M.
I have gone through your query regarding a painful swelling on anterior part of outer ear initially this swelling was filled with fowl smelling pus which you were able to squeeze out pus, but after some time this reoccurs again and you have only swelling and no pus in it.
I think you are having problem in your Tragus of external ear,initially you were having boil in external ear over the skin covering tragal cartilage and at that time it was painful and bad smelling pus was coming out on pressing it, as soon as time had passed infection extend to deeper tissue (tragal cartilage)because you were not taking any proper treatment. I am suspecting that now you are having tragal perichondritis.
You are advice to consult an E.N.T.specialist as you need specialist care.
Answered: Wed, 30 Jan 2013
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