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Spots behind ears, swollen, scabbing, painful to touch. Can you help?

hi im female and 34 years of age, i seem to have a few spots behind my ears on the hard bone area and some in my hairline just next to them,they swell up like teenage spots and then scab over but are very painful to touch and last a few weeks as soon as they go they come back in the same places . can you help ? thank you
Tue, 24 Jul 2012
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Welcome to HealthcareMagic forum.

From what I understand is you develop few spots behind the ear which is painful and tender. These spots swell up (blister) which later scabs off after a few weeks and the process recurs again.

Clinically herpes infections present in a similar manner where one develops small papular lesions on a particular dermatome which later transforms to a blister and then scabs away. I wonder if what you have is the same.

Since you have recurring symptoms, it is best that you consult a dermatologist to rule out herpes.
Though a direct examination of the lesions is diagnostic, in the absence of symptoms one can get herpes serological test on the blood samples to confirm this possibility.

Hope this helps.

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