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I have a bump or a fluid bubble inside my left ear. It is located in the outer ear canal. It can be seen by others when just looking in the ear. It has grown within a week to just under a jelly bean size. It is extremely painful, IT IS NOT A PIMPLE! Tried to "pop" it with a sterile needle but it only bled a little and some puss came out, shrank just a bit but is still very prominate in my ear. Hot showers seem to help when the water hits it, but it is still painful. I need to know if you know what it is, if I can treat it OTC at home or if I should go and see my local doctor. Any help would be greatly appreciated.


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replied July 7th, 2008
Ear, Nose and Throat Disorders Answer A4373
Current medical treatment: paxil


Referring to your description, you probably have a furuncle inside the outer ear canal. You shouldn’t try to pop it with a needle. Warming the furuncle with warm water is also useful. It helps for faster “maturation” of the furuncle when it will pop by itself. You can only put on local antibiotics and antiseptics (ear drops or balsam) after irrigation with warm water.


I think you should consult your primary health provider.



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