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I have a sore in front of my ear just under the hairline…

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I have a sore...

I have a sore in front of my ear just under the hairline that scabs over but never heals. it iches. Can you tell me what it might be and how to treat it?

Doctor's Assistant: How long have you had the pain? What seems to make the pain better or worse?

Its a sore, very little pain, mostly itching.

Submitted: 1 month ago.Category: Medical
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Doctor: Dr. David, Board Certified Physician replied 1 month ago
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Doctor: Dr. David, Board Certified Physician replied 1 month ago

how old are you?

can you upload a clear jpg photo of this sore so I can better help you?

do you see the add file link?

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
I am 84. Not possible to get pic of sore. It seems to be a deep sore and scab is dark red. It is about 1/4 inch size. Skin around sore, under hairline appears as angry reddish color
Doctor: Dr. David, Board Certified Physician replied 1 month ago

I see

have you had a lot of sun exposure in your youth? prior sun burns?

it could be a skin cancer

have you had skin cancers before?

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
Never had skin cancer. I have seen skin cancer on several people and this sore does not look like that.
Customer reply replied 1 month ago
I have been teated recently for hypothyroidism and I have been self medicating for candida which did heal with another facial sore by my nose.
Doctor: Dr. David, Board Certified Physician replied 1 month ago

I see

it would be an unusual spot for a skin fungal infection.

it could be a skin bacterial infection or fungal

you should see a doctor and get a skin culture

you may need antifungal creams like clotrimazole 1% on the area 3-4 times a day for 4-6 weeks

or an antibacterial cream on the area like bactroban for a few weeks if a bacterial infection.

you may need a course of oral antibiotics as well

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
Thank you for your help. Bye
Doctor: Dr. David, Board Certified Physician replied 1 month ago

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