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Your Lump in Front of the Ear May Also be Known as:
Ear bump
Ear lump
Ear mass

Top 9 Lump in Front of the Ear Causes

  1. 1.Skin Abscess

    A skin abscess is an infection of the deeper skin that's typically due to bacteria seen on the skin. Recently, infections are more frequently caused by Staph. Aureus (puts the "staph" in "staph infections").

    You should visit your primary care physician or an urgent care clinic today or tomorrow. Treatment of an abscess includes incision and drainage. It is likely you will be prescribed antibiotics as well. Surgery may be required to get rid of the whole abscess after inflammation has died down. Do not drain the abscess yourself.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    painful ear lump, moderate ear lump, pink or red ear bump, severe ear lump, yellow or white ear bump
    Symptoms that never occur with skin abscess:
    fever
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  2. 2.Lipoma

    A lipoma is a noncancerous growth of fatty tissue cells. A lipoma can develop in almost any organ of the body although they are most commonly found in the subcutaneous layer just below the skin.

    You do not need treatment for this condition because it is completely benign; however, if the lesion changes at all, a doctor should be consulted. If you would like it removed, a doctor can cut, freeze, or burn it off.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    skin-colored ear bump, mild ear lump, moderate ear lump
    Symptoms that always occur with lipoma:
    skin-colored ear bump
    Urgency:
    Wait and watch
  3. 3.Skin Cyst

    An epidermoid cyst is a closed sac under the skin filled with a cheese-like or oily material. It is often caused by trauma or surgery.

    You do not need treatment for this condition because it is completely benign; however, if the lesion changes at all, a doctor should be consulted. If you would like it removed, a doctor can cut out the cyst.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    skin-colored ear bump, mild ear lump, moderate ear lump
    Symptoms that always occur with skin cyst:
    skin-colored ear bump
    Urgency:
    Wait and watch
  4. 4.Severe Skin Abscess

    A skin abscess is an infection of the deeper skin that's typically due to bacteria seen on the skin. Recently, infections are more frequently caused by Staph. Aureus (puts the "staph" in "staph infections"). If the infection begins to spread, urgent treatment is required.

    You should head to the nearest ER by car since your infection seems like it might be spreading. It is likely that you will be prescribed antibiotics. Surgery may be required to get rid of the whole abscess after the inflammation has died down. Do not drain the abscess yourself.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, fever, painful ear lump, pink or red ear bump, moderate ear lump
    Symptoms that always occur with severe skin abscess:
    pink or red ear bump
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room

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  5. 5.Sinus Headache

    Sinus headaches are very common. When compared to a normal headache, this pain is generally around the eyes, sinuses, and upper cheeks.

    Your sinus headache is of normal variation and can be treated at home with an over-the-counter pain reliever.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    headache, mucous dripping in the back of the throat, headache that worsens when head moves, facial fullness or pressure, sinus pain
    Symptoms that always occur with sinus headache:
    headache
    Symptoms that never occur with sinus headache:
    fever, being severely ill, sore throat, muscle aches, cough, drooping eyelid, wateriness in both eyes, headache resulting from a head injury, severe headache, unexplained limb pain
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  6. 6.Non - Specific Skin Rash

    A rash is an area of irritated or swollen skin. Often, rashes are unidentifiable and some variation of normal. For example, scratching one's arm causes it to turn red (which is caused by mast cells releasing chemicals into the local area), but that's completely normal.

    At this time, you do not need treatment for this rash. If it worsens, you may need to consult a physician.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    rash
    Symptoms that always occur with non-specific skin rash:
    rash
    Urgency:
    Wait and watch
  7. 7.Wart

    Warts are non-serious skin growths caused by a virus that infects the top layer of the skin. They are contagious.

    You can try several over-the-counter treatments, including salicylic acid and cryotherapy (freezing). Most warts go away on their own, but less so in adults.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    mild ear lump, skin-colored ear bump, non-tender ear bump, scaly ear bump
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  8. 8.Boil (Furuncle)

    Boils are infections of a hair follicle that creates a small pocket of inflammation full of pus. It's typically caused by a common bacteria called S. Aureus.

    Boils typically drain by themselves. You can help by putting a warm compress (be careful not to burn yourself). If things don't get better, go see a doctor who might drain it for you.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    mild ear lump, pink or red ear bump, painful ear lump, moderate ear lump
    Symptoms that always occur with boil (furuncle):
    pink or red ear bump
    Symptoms that never occur with boil (furuncle):
    fever
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  9. 9.Atypical Mole

    Moles are growths on the skin. They happen when pigment cells in the skin, called melanocytes, grow in clusters. Certain moles are considered "atypical" because of their size and characteristics, which require careful watching and possibly even biopsy in order to monitor for development into cancer.

    You should go see your primary care doctor to examine the mole. He or she can determine if next steps are necessary.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    atypical features of an ear bump, growing ear bump, mild ear lump, moderate ear lump, severe ear lump
    Symptoms that always occur with atypical mole:
    atypical features of an ear bump
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Lump in Front of the Ear

  • Q.Is your ear bump constant or come-and-go?
  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?
  • Q.What color is the bump?
  • Q.Is your ear bump painful to the touch?

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Lump in Front of the Ear Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced lump in front of the ear have also experienced:

    • 20% Outer Ear Pain
    • 20% Headache
    • 6% Ear Discharge
  • People who have experienced lump in front of the ear had symptoms persist for:

    • 38% Less Than a Week
    • 28% Over a Month
    • 18% Less Than a Day
  • People who have experienced lump in front of the ear were most often matched with:

    • 42% Skin Abscess
    • 31% Skin Cyst
    • 26% Lipoma

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