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Experience:  B.A.M.S with experience in Medicine,Ayurveda, Integrative, CAM
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For 3 days I've had a large quarter size hard lump on my

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For 3 days I've had a large quarter size hard lump on my hair line behind my left ear. It is very painful. It is not red, but underneath the skin. Do I need to go to the doctor? Reading usually lymph nodes, but I have not been sick. My son and I did get lice for the first time 2 weeks ago at the start of school.
JA: How long have you had the symptoms? What seems to make the symptoms worse or better?
Customer: 3 days.
JA: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?
Customer: No prior medical history or illness.
Submitted: 3 months ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Onlinedoc replied 3 months ago.

Hello and thanks for your question.
It's my first priority to help you.
I understand your concern.

As per your description,possible differential diagnosis may include Swollen lymph node,Abscess,Sebaceous cyst.

You should try some self care remedies until you see your doctor for a clinical exam.

Take OTC Advil and Zyrtec.

Also apply warm compresses on affected site.

Start a multi-vitamin and multi-mineral supplement.

You should apply OTC hydrocort ointment and polysporin ointment on affected site.

If your symptoms'll not show any improvement then oral antibiotics can be prescribed.

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Expert:  Onlinedoc replied 3 months ago.

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