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White blister in ear ring hole in earlobe, redness, filled with puss. Is it keloid? Should we see a doctor?

I took my 2 year old daughters earrings out the other day and now I notice she has a small white blister growing from one of the holes. She's had earrings since she was 3 months old and we've taken them out before with no problems. I'm really nervous she may be developing a keloid. It's a small raised bump that looks like its filled with white pus. It is also hard and has some redness around the bump. Should I take her to the doctor or just wait awhile to see if it drains on its own?
Asked On : Mon, 22 Apr 2013
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Hi and thanks for the query,
Its very important to consider other symptoms experienced by the child. Is the child having fever or has a bad general outlook.
Collection of pus, no matter where it is found in the body has to be drained. The fear is persistence of the pus might easily spread in blood to attack other body structures. I suggest the child gets examined by her general physician to have an appraisal of her general outlook. If its actually pus collection, this is usually accompanied by tenderness, redness and at times low grade fever.
Your doctor might decide to incise, drain the pus and prescribe anti biotics if necessary. In case its a keloid, the opinion of a dermatologist. However, its better to see your primary care physician first.
Thanks and hope this helps.
Thanks and best regards,
Luchuo, MD.
Answered: Mon, 22 Apr 2013
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