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Reddish swelling near the ear. Elevated temperature. What is it?

my left ear right above the ear lobe just below where the cartilage starts in your ear is red swollen and hot, I checked my temp and my temp is normal then just because i checked the temp of that spot and it was 100.8 it doesnt hurt bad but it is a little sore and almost itchy but not quite! I am wondering what this could be?
Asked On : Fri, 29 Mar 2013
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General & Family Physician 's  Response
hi and thanks for the query,
a swelling, reddish and accompanied by fever is an indication of an acute inflammatory reaction. Considering absence of trauma, the most probable cause of this infection thus should be bacterial. Management shall involve use of antibiotics and analgesics. A good physical examination to visualize the surrounding structures and exclude any predisposing conditions, or associated lesions might be very helpful, Consultation of your primary care physician for broad spectrum and adapted antibiotics could be necessary. Exclusion of a possibility of pus collection could be helpful, in case incision and drainage is needed.
Thanks and best regards,
Luchuo, MD.
Answered: Fri, 29 Mar 2013
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General & Family Physician Dr. Ramesh M.Vachharajani's  Response
Welcome to HCM,
It seems that you might have some infection in your left external ear giving rise to red swollen skin.
Most probably this might be enlarged lymph node.
Consult your doctor and start the treatment like antibiotic after examination.

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Answered: Fri, 29 Mar 2013
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