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Fluid filled bumps in ear lobe. SPONTANEOUS CYST?

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Yesterday I discovered a soft lump in the top of my left ear lobe (Pinna?) I crushed it between my fingers and I had fluid all through my upper ear lobe and just at the top of the ear canal.

It became a little swollen, red and painful to the touch only. It looked like the start of cauliflower ear.

My earlobe was not pierced, cut, bitten, or had any external trauma of any kind. I'm not a boxer or wrestler. And there was no visible skin infections at all, the skin was fine.

Today I had it drained by a physician and she got a lot of the fluid out but she said it was likely not bacterial and she thinks it was just a spontaneous cyst. She wrapped my head in a bandage to maintain the form of my ear to wear for 12 hours but I could only wear for 4 cause it gave me a headache.

Right now there is still a little bit of fluid in the area just above the ear canal. And a little sore from needles and still a little red and swollen.

What could have caused this?

Should I get the ear fully drained or will it drain on it's own?

Was the head wrap bandages necessary?

How long will swelling take to go down and should I ice or use Ibuprofen?

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Can you please tell me why exactly do you want to take the medicine?
I will advise you based on that.

Patient replied :

hello again, so the clarinase is for a cold but with gord and Im also wondering which medication is the best nexium or losec, because my fiance was taking the nexium and swtiched to losec but we are unsure which one is better, also having the cold is making her asthama a lot worse lately

Thank you for the follow up.
Yes you can definitely take Clarinase for cold, it won't interact with your GERD medicines, or worsen the GERD in any way.
And in my opinion, Nexium ( Esmoprazole ) is a better option, since the effect lasts longer and is a better derivative than Losec ( Omez ).
Hope this was helpful,

Dr. Jaydeep Tripathy
Category: HIV- AIDS Specialist
MBBS from Sri Ramachandra University in December 2011
M.Med (Family Medicine) - TNMGR University, Chennai
MBA-MPH in Public Health in March 2016, SRM University
Finished AFIH in March 2016, SRM University
MRCP ( UK ), Internal Medicine, Royal College of Physicians, June 2016
Fellowship in Diabetology from Martin Luther University in January 2017

Currently Resident Physician, in MD Radiodiagnosis - Kamakshi Memorial Hospital, Chennai
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