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Your Pink or Red Ear Bump May Also be Known as:
Pink bump on ear
Pink bump on earlobe
Pink ear bump
Pink ear lump
Pink ear mass
Pink earlobe bump
Pink earlobe lump
Pink earlobe mass
Pink mass on ear
Pink mass on earlobe

Top 5 Pink or Red Ear Bump Causes

  1. 1.Pimple

    Acne, also known as pimples, occurs when hair follicles become clogged with oil & dead skin cells. Acne is extremely common and ranges from mild to severe.

    Though some cases of acne prompt patients to visit a dermatologist, most cases can be treated with proper hygiene and over-the-counter medications. Look for products containing benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    mild ear lump, pink or red ear bump, painful ear lump, moderate ear lump
    Symptoms that always occur with pimple:
    pink or red ear bump
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  2. 2.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

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  3. 3.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
  4. 4.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
  5. 5.Basal Cell Carcinoma

    Basal cell carcinoma is a slow-growing form of skin cancer. Skin cancer falls into two major groups: Non-melanoma and melanoma. Basal cell carcinoma is a type of non-melanoma skin cancer.

    You should visit your primary care physician, who will check your skin and look at the size, shape, color, and texture of any suspicious areas. From there, treatment will be determined, such as surgical excision, photodynamic therapy, or imiquimod cream.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    skin-colored ear bump, mild ear lump, moderate ear lump, non-tender ear bump, pink or red ear bump
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Pink or Red Ear Bump

  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?
  • Q.Is your ear bump constant or come-and-go?
  • Q.Is there something coming out of the bump?
  • Q.Is your ear bump painful to the touch?

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Pink or Red Ear Bump Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced pink or red ear bump had symptoms persist for:

    • 38% Less Than a Week
    • 28% Over a Month
    • 18% Less Than a Day
  • People who have experienced pink or red ear bump were most often matched with:

    • 40% Pimple
    • 40% Skin Abscess
    • 20% Severe Skin Abscess
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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