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Dr. Andrew Rynne
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Lumps near the ears. Taking steroid for asthma. Medication related?

i have lumps by both my ears right above my jaw line. I take asthma medicine with steroid each day. My pharmacist said it is probably due to the steroid and there is a name for it but I can,t remember it. Once I stop taking the asthma medicine during a 2 year period it went away, but to be able to have quality of life I have to take every day (Its happened with Advair and Symbycort) Just using the nebulizer does not help enough with my breathing, is there another daily medicine without steroids you could recommend so I can speak to my primary care doctor about?
Wed, 24 Apr 2013
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Pulmonologist 's  Response
Hi ginnm529,
Thanks for visiting HCM.
Let me tell you that steroids are the backbone of asthma medication. No bronchodilator can be prescribed without steroid combination. So forget about not taking steroid.
Now regarding your second query of lump behind ears....These seem to be sebaceous cyst. You must have noticed some cheesy material coming out when they burst. I will advise you to meet a general surgeon and get both these lumps/ cysts excised. Its a simple outdoor procedure done under local anaesthesia. If you leave them as it is, they will frequently recur and many a times will get infected too, requiring antibiotic treatment.
So continue your asthma medication and meet a general surgeon.

Best wishes
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