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I have a painful lump outside of my ear lobe, It hurts.. Should I get this checked out?

Posted by Ms.Kay

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Hi Ms. Kay:   It's probably nothing. Researching it, it sounds like it may be just a pimple. I know I get these on my earlobes quite often. They usually are very painful until they "pop".

You could put some warmth on it, like a warm washcloth and that should get it to come to a head faster and release the mucus inside. The pain will go away instantly.

If it dosn't pop or gets larger, or any changes, go see your primary care provider. He can give you the care you need.


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A sebaceous cyst (a form of trichilemmal cyst) is a closed sac or cyst below the surface of the skin that has a lining that resembles the uppermost part ( infundibulum) of a hair follicle and fills with a fatty white, semi-solid material called sebum. Sebum is produced by sebaceous glands of the epidermis. 

Nonsurgical Options

Another common and effective method of treatment involves placement of a heat-pad directly on the cyst for about fifteen minutes, twice daily, for about 10 days (depending on size and location of the cyst). [10] There is some anecdotal evidence however that this home remedy can lead to infection in a previously uninfected cyst. This may be caused by an over-heated or non-sterile heat pad.This method works by bringing the wax-like material inside of the cyst to a temperature at which it melts, and can be reabsorbed and processed by the body, as a small amount of oily fluid. This method is preferred over surgery both for reasons of associated costs and risks of surgery. This methodology is not applicable for non-sebaceous cysts, however, as other varieties of cysts do not contain the same hardened sebum deposits, and therefore do not melt to be reabsorbed by the body.Under no circumstances must one try to pop the cyst, as it can lead to infection of the surrounding tissue. The neck is a particularly dangerous region, due to the glands and blood vessels.
This has helped calm me quit a bit. I was very worried and am eager to try the heat-pad method right away! 
How did the heat pad method work out? I think i have the same problem as you now.
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