Get your health question answered instantly from our pool of 18000+ doctors from over 80 specialties

174 Doctors Online
Doctor Image
Dr. Andrew Rynne

Family Physician

Exp 50 years

I will be looking into your question and guiding you through the process. Please write your question below.

Acute pain in ear due to lump

i have been cleaning my ear with a cotton bud(over that past few weeks) and have now developed great pain in my right ear. i have a lump just bellow the ear which feels like a swollen glad or something. the pain was off and on but now is contant (last few hours) and has woken me up and i now cant get to sleep because of it. shall i go to a and e?
Wed, 1 Jun 2011
Report Abuse
Question is related to
Diseases and Conditions
Medical Topics
ENT Specialist 's  Response
Welcome to Healthcare Magic.
You seem to be having furunculosis in the external ear canal due to repeated earbud usage. Most commonly the ear bud could have caused trauma to the skin of the external ear canal.

I advise you to see your local ENT Surgeon to examine otocopically and evaluate the severity of trauma and / or infection. please follow the advice & treatment after complete local examination.

I am sure - you will get well very soon.

In case you have any further query, feel free to contact me.
Best Wishes
Dr. Balaji
I find this answer helpful

1 Doctor agrees with this answer

General Surgeon Dr. Swapnendu Sekhar Ghosh's  Response
welcome to healthcaremagic
may be you are having some infection and pain and the glands are due to it
it is better you consult e n t surgeon without delay and start treatment as advised for the time being you take diclomol i tab 3 times after meals
omnicef o cv i tab 2 times
I find this answer helpful
Disclaimer: These answers are for your information only and not intended to replace your relationship with your treating physician.
This is a short, free answer. For a more detailed, immediate answer, try our premium service [Sample answer]
Share on

Related questions you may be interested in

doctor1 MD

Hi, I have 2 painful hard immovable lumps behind my right ear one large then the other but not exceeding the size of a nickel. I ve also had a sore throat & hoarse voice for over 3 weeks. Should I wait it out ir see my doctor? I noticed the bumps tonight due to the pain.

doctor1 MD

I have a lump in front of my right ear that is located not on the ear but in front it where the cartlidge is in the center of the ear itself. It hurts when I touch it and it about the size of a pea or slightly bigger, It doesn t look like the typical lumps that I have seen being asked about here on the net but it it causing me to worry. It only hurts when it is pressed on and it seems to have two little red dots on the front of it. It has been getting progressively worse over the last three weeks. I did got to the hospital last week due to a very painful sore throat and they gave me Penicillin which I thought might help that area too. I didn t think to ask them about the lump because I was in so much pain with my throat which I totally regret at this point but my sore throat has cleared while this bump is getting worse. I had a bump in the same spot in front of my left ear that was never painful about ten years ago but it had an odor when touched. Please tell me what direction to take. Thanks so Much !!!! Amanda

doctor1 MD

Be patient with me. I m disabled and can t type fast. Over 1 month ago, I hit my ear hard on a grab bar in the bathroom. Pain went away after 5-10 minutes and I forgot all about it. About 1-2 weeks later, it felt like my ear was getting clogged (like always), so I started putting mineral oil in it to clean it out. It didn t seem to be working, but I was going out of town & couldn t go see my doctor. The 1st morning I woke up on my trip (6/16), I couldn t hear out of it, but had no pain at all. I dealt with the hearing loss for 8 more days until I could see my doctor. My doctor looked at it & said it was impacted with wax. I told her the mineral oil wasn t working, so she gave me a stronger ear treatment to soften it. I tried that for 3 days, but that didn t work either. Went back to doctor & she said she was going to refer me to an ENT. I said ok, but at checkout, I asked for my referral & they told me it would take 3 weeks to make the referral. That was on 6/27. When I realized just how long that was, I was determined that I couldn t wait that long because it was really effecting my mental clarity and stressing me out. I called an ENT that I went to 4 years ago for something different to see if I can just go back to him. They said I needed a new referral. On 6/30, I even went to the ER. He looked in my ear and said it was just wax & told me to try hydrogen peroxide. He also gave me a referral for an ENT. Next day, I called the ENT, but he didn t accept medicaid (my only insurance). I tried the peroxide next, but it had no reaction. No fizzing or bubbling. I tried it in my good ear and it started fizzing & bubbling instantly. I tried to accept that I would just have to wait for the referral, but on Thursday, I had a mental breakdown because I couldn t think straight & didn t want to do anything. My personal care attendant and I spent all day on the phone trying different things to get me into the ENT sooner & nothing worked. I finally made another appt. with my doctor for this coming Monday to go beg her to write the referral for the ENT that I went to before. It wasn t until today that I remembered hitting my ear and now I noticed a bump right in front of my ear, so I m freaking out. I m afraid the damage is permanent. What should I do?

Recent questions on  Omnicef

doctor1 MD

i had a penis fungal infection about a month ago. Went to an urgent care the prescribed ketocanzole and clydmycin for antibiotic. They originally prescribed bactrim but I was on that already for broncial infection so they did clyndymcin. After a...

doctor1 MD

I was in ER last week with UTI and dehydration , woke up this morning with headache and nausea feeling bad overall

doctor1 MD

Son is 8 1/2 years old...having trouble urinating...will dribble a little, but seems to be uptight and not being able to relax and empty all the way...He is nonverbal and autistic, so hard to know what he is feeling...also, the head of his penis seems to be turning purple a lot lately, especially when he sits down to pee (which he does, sits instead of stands to pee). When he finally does go a lot, he seems to keep dribbling at the end of urination as well...My son takes Risperdal and Clonidine, has been taking Claritin, and is now on Omnicef for tonsillitis...

doctor1 MD

Good Afternoon, I am currently under my second month of antibiotic treatment for Lyme disease after showing a positive western blot last year. I am currently taking three different antibiotics three days a week. I started the new regiment of...

doctor1 MD

The pediatric prescribed Omnicef & Fenistil to my 3 month old baby... Is it ok to give them to him? I noticed that he pees in a less amount... e.g when he woke up today, nothing was in his diaper and he slept for almost 8 hours. He has taken 2 dose of Omnicef & 2 dose of Fenistil

doctor1 MD

Hi i recently had a kidney stone extraction and stent placement. I had two rounds of antibiotic. Was presented to the Er and placed on generic omnicef. I had terrible abdominal side effects and increased pain to my kidney pain. I was taken off it after 4 doses. The culture was negative. Two weeks out i have strange bowel movements. Clear and flesh colored mucus and now recently freaked me out! What looks like a 3 inch dull red vein in soft stool. Help

doctor1 MD

My daughter is 7 months 3 weeks old, and she has had chronic ear infections. She was put on an antibiotic (Omnicef) ten days ago and when we went back in today for her ear check, her ears were worse and had a green goey substance in them. What could this be?