I Just Discovered That My 6,1/2 Years Old Daughter Has
she said she did not know it was there and I am confident it could not be there more than 2-3 days. she does not have any cold symptoms and did not have an ear infection in over 3 years.
Please share photos and basic bloods
Dear Ms Radeluscu,
Usually, a painless lump is present for a longer duration than a few days, and it may well be that it came to your notice a few days ago. I am glad that you have clearly mentioned that she hasn't got any cold symptoms or a recent ear infection.
Purely based on the facts that you have shared with us, a cyst seems likely, or an evolving skin and subcutaneous infection. I think the latter is more likely as it is painful when pressed.
It might be useful to shine a pencil torch into the swelling in a dark room to see if the entire swelling "lights up". This may indicate that there is clear fluid in it - a sign of a possible non-infectious cyst. If, however, the light does nothing, then an infection is a possibility.
You might ask a doctor to do some blood tests like a full blood count and a C- reactive protein, which is a marker of inflammation and infection. An ultrasound might also be very diagnostic and should be considered. I would appreciate if you took a picture of the swelling and shared it with me.
Thank you. Please get back to me once you have these. Thank you for asking your question on our service.