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Dr. Andrew Rynne
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Suggest treatment for swelling on the ear

I woke up yesterday morning with my ear swollen on the outer part. It was red and sore to touch. Tonight my face near that ear is red and swollen and a little painful to touch. I thought maybe a spider bit me during the night but now with my face swollen I m wondering if it could be something else.
Tue, 12 Feb 2019
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General Surgeon 's  Response

This looks like some benign subcutaneous lesion. In many cases, there are glands (lymph nodes) around and behind ears that commonly swell when you have a cold or a sore throat. More serious infections may cause the glands to enlarge and become very firm and tender. Also, considering your description this may be some other benign subcutaneous lesion such as lipoma, fibroma or atheroma and if there are no skin changes such as redness, pus discharge or pain and fever then you should not be worried since it can be easily surgically removed under local anesthesia. Infections should be treated with antibiotics. If there is no improvement you should see ENT doctor.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Dr. Ivan R. Rommstein, General Surgeon
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