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Painful reddish bump on the head and ear lobe. what are these?

my husband has an unexplained bump on the top of his head ( scalp ) that is sore to the touch and appears slightly red and irritated. He also has an unexplained pea-sized lump just under his right ear-lobe.Actually the bumps near his ear are in front of his hear at the top of his jaw. they are firm to the touch and slightly painful.
Asked On : Mon, 25 Feb 2013
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ENT Specialist 's  Response
Aug 2013
Hello and welcome to HCM,

The bumps at both the sites that is scalp and the ear lobe can be due to skin and sot tissue swellings similar to boils. Or they can be swellings which we call the sebacious cysts which are common in these areas.

In any case wait for the pain to subside and if the swelling does not disappear with routine antibiotic medication (both oral and topica) then consult an ENT who will in all probability suggest a biopsy to confirm the diagnosis and it will be a permanent cure. The biopsy is a small procedure and can be done in local anesthesia and in will usually not even require an admission.

take care

Dr Sriram Nathan
Answered: Wed, 14 Aug 2013
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