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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Very Good Posted in: Ear, Nose and Throat Problems
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User :   I have a pea size hard lump at the top of my ear, where the ear meets the scalp. I thought it was a pimple , but now think its a small cyst. Will I need to get this out/ or is there a possibility it will go away?                                                                 
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   Let me read your query
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Do you feel pain on pressing it?
User :   yes it is sore, but I tried to pop/ poke it
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Usually cysts are not painful like that
Doctor :   it can be a lymph node
Doctor :   or a pus collection like
Doctor :   which does pain on touch
Doctor :   meaning it is an inflammation
Doctor :   Did you have fever?
User :   no fever
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Any other symptoms?
User :   no
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Since when has it been there?
User :   my glasses sit right on top of it which seems to irritate it. it showed up after 2 days of wearing prescription glasses and a visor and alot of sweating from being outdoors active
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Has there been an increase in size?
User :   no I actually thought it went down with warm compresses but then seemed the same size after a while
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Warm compresses does help
User :   yes.
Doctor :   You should wait for 3 more days
Doctor :   and see the response
Doctor :   if the size increases or not improving
Doctor :   then you should report to a General Physician
User :   i did not know that lymph nodes were in that location
Doctor :   Yes, there is a Preauricular lymph node
User :   would they be hard
Doctor :   Need not be
User :   would they be painful
Doctor :   Painful, yes
Doctor :   if they are inflammed
User :   do you think i could be aggravating it because i wont really leave it alone, poking prodding at it
Doctor :   Yes, you should handle it much
Doctor :   other than for hot fomentation
User :   so try to leave it alone......and just put hot compresses on it?
Doctor :   Right
Doctor :   that is the step for the next 3 days
Doctor :   to see the changes
User :   k thank you......i have a doctor appt. on mond
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting, pleasure serving you
Doctor :   Bye
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