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Your Yellow or White Ear Bump May Also be Known as:
White bump on ear
White bump on earlobe
White ear lump
White ear pimple
White earlobe bump
White earlobe lump
White earlobe pimple
White mass on ear
White mass on earlobe

Top 3 Yellow or White Ear Bump Causes

  1. 1.Whitehead

    Whiteheads are caused by hair follicles becoming clogged with oil & dead skin cells. When the clogged pore is closed to the air by a layer of skin cells, the oil/dead skin cells remains white (as opposed to a blackhead).

    Though large whiteheads can be removed by a dermatologist, most cases can be treated with proper hygiene and over-the-counter medications/treatments. Look for products containing benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    mild ear lump, yellow or white ear bump
    Symptoms that always occur with whitehead:
    mild ear lump, yellow or white ear bump
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment

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  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
  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

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Yellow or White Ear Bump

  • Q.Is your ear bump constant or come-and-go?
  • Q.Is there something on the surface of the bump?
  • Q.Is your ear bump painful to the touch?
  • Q.Do you purposely tan (using sun, tanning beds, or UV rays)?

If you've answered yes to one or more of these questions, check our yellow or white ear bump symptom checker.

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Yellow or White Ear Bump Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced yellow or white ear bump had symptoms persist for:

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

    • 40% Skin Abscess
    • 20% Whitehead

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