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Suggest treatment for ear lump

I have a lump in front of my right ear that is located not on the ear but in front it where the cartlidge is in the center of the ear itself. It hurts when I touch it and it about the size of a pea or slightly bigger, It doesn t look like the typical lumps that I have seen being asked about here on the net but it it causing me to worry. It only hurts when it is pressed on and it seems to have two little red dots on the front of it. It has been getting progressively worse over the last three weeks. I did got to the hospital last week due to a very painful sore throat and they gave me Penicillin which I thought might help that area too. I didn t think to ask them about the lump because I was in so much pain with my throat which I totally regret at this point but my sore throat has cleared while this bump is getting worse. I had a bump in the same spot in front of my left ear that was never painful about ten years ago but it had an odor when touched. Please tell me what direction to take. Thanks so Much !!!! Amanda
Thu, 21 Jan 2016
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Hi,
Looking to the history it seems that you might be having sebaceous cyst since long and now it became infected producing tenderness, increasing size.
Antibiotic medicine will work temporarily by controlling infection but recurrence is there.
Consult surgeon and get examined.
Excision of cyst with complete removal of sac might required.
Ok and take care.
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