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Black lump and spots in ear canal. Are they moles?

My 8 year old has a black lump in his right ear canal that looks like a mole that I noticed two weeks ago. It was treated with a steroidal antibiotic drop for a week. It did not change. A couple of years ago I noticed a flat black spot in this same ear, but his doctor told me it was more than likely a blackhead to let it run its course. I check his ears frequently, it was not like this a month and half ago. He is being sent to an ENT Dr now and waiting on call for the appointment. I am just freaking out about it and doing my best not to show it in front of him. Any ideas of what this may be?
Asked On : Mon, 28 Jan 2013
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ENT Specialist 's  Response
Aug 2013
hello and welcome to HCM,

I am an ENT consultant and let me tell you that many of my patients have the kind of lump you mentioned without any problems whatsoever. And they usually disappear in a week or two.

But any mass or swelling has to be properly examined by the ENT and only then we can be perfectly sure that you are fine.

So consult an ENT, ask for a proper examination and maybe request for a FNAC or biopsy to confirm the diagnosis

If needed then start a course of antibiotics and anti inflammatory medications as a first attempt to reduce the swelling in consultation with the doctor

but please do not meddle or try to clean the ears yourself

take care and get well soon

Dr Sriram Nathan
Answered: Fri, 23 Aug 2013
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