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Swelling behind ear possibly sebaceous cyst - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I have a hard growth behind my ear, before the hairline, which appeared yesterday. There were no previous signs of this, it literally just popped up out of nowhere. It's diameter is smaller than a dime but it is plainly visible. It's sensitive to the touch & has become a cause for concern as I believe it's causing me headaches.
User :   Hi
User :   Dr XXXXXXX here
User :   Hi..
User :   let me read your query
User :   ok
User :   Basically, I'm curious to know what it could possibly be and what sort of home remedies I can try
User :   now, i think u have a infected follicle in the hair line
User :   may i know, its size ?
User :   It's not right on the hairline.. it's almost directly behind my earlobe
User :   and is there any pus?
User :   It's about the size of a larger pill. There is no pus & it doesn't seem to be connected to the thin layer of skin over it.
User :   ok
User :   It almost seems cyst-like..
User :   But it appeared over night
User :   this seems to me like a sebaceous cyst growing out of the hair follicle
User :   It's directly behind my earlobe..
User :   the remedy to this is application of heat, which will reduce the sensitivity
User :   Ok.. What do I need to do to make it go away? :)
User :   it will take some time to reduce by itself
User :   the best way, for reducing it ASAP, is surgical removal
User :   Ack! I don't think I want to go that route..
User :   this can be done in a OPD setting within 20 -30 minutes by your GP as well
User :   So just apply heat & it'll go away on it's own?
User :   i understand, the issue with surgery could be bothering you
User :   but, heat appl cannot completely remove it
User :   Ok. What do you suppose caused it?? Stress? Not cleaning behind my ears well enough?
User :   no, there could be ingrowing of the hair tissues within the follicle
User :   and this can cause formation of a sebaceus cyst
User :   It's not on my hairline.. it's directly behind my earlobe.. at the base of my skull.... NOT on the hairline
User :   even if its not on the hair liine
User :   the site u mentioned is the MOST COMMON Site for sebaceous cysts
Doctor :   Hi
User :   Ok I understand now. Are there any other options I have besides surgery
Doctor :   are you there
Doctor :   So for the cyst
Doctor :   you need to go to surgeon
Doctor :   he will take out the cyst
Doctor :   OK
User :   That is my ONLY option???
User :   :(
Doctor :   `yes I am here
User :   Are there any other options? I don't necessarily need it out immediately. I can do heat for hours daily.. I'll put creme on it if I have to.. I just don't like the thought of having to have surgery for this.
Doctor :   Yes your only option is being examined by surgeon
User :   Ok........
Doctor :   you may or may not need surgey
Doctor :   you need to be examined
User :   ok.. but in the meantime you recommend heat for the sensitivity
Doctor :   he may advice antibiotics because you say it is already popped out
Doctor :   no
Doctor :   Did I answer your query
User :   More or less.. Thank you
Doctor :   do not prick it
Doctor :   it may get infected
Doctor :   My best advice consult surgeon and follow his advice
Doctor :   OK then
Doctor :   Bye for now
User :   Ok.. No poking or messing with it - Apply heat for sensitivity
User :   Thank you
Doctor :   yes
Doctor :   do not poke
Doctor :   do not massage
Doctor :   do not appply heat ot cold
Doctor :   I am repeating my advice-visit surgeon and follow his advice
User :   k
User :   thank youi
Doctor :  
thank you for consulting us
Doctor :   Bye for now.
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