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Large pimples or cyst develop behind ears, on temples, and on back

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Conroe, TX

#1 Feb 24, 2008
I have had several large pimples develop particularly behind my ear. These are sometimes even in the earlobe itself. I also get similar spots on my shoulders/back, and on my face, mostyly in the temple area. THese are not your typical pimple or blackhead as they develop deep under the skin and start as a hard, itchy, and sometimes red lump.
I have been two different doctors for the ear pimples. They have swelled to the size of a large marble, or about half the size of a golf ball. they cannot tell me the cause, only their temporary solution.
The first doctor cut them open and squeezed out the pus. It is a yellowish pus with blood mixed in and smells real bad. The second doctor did what he called an extrusion biopsy, administering a local anesthetic, cutting the sore open and cleaning it out with some tools and stitching it up. But they always come back sooner or later.
I am not sure if the differnt areas of my body are the same type of infection, but I've tried everything including the proactiv with benzyl peroxide. Nothing really makes any different as my skin is extremely oily a few hours later. I am very clean, one, sometimes two showers a day. I wash my hands very frequently as well as my face but to no avail. They come and go, sometimes I'll have none, and sometimes they'll be several at the same time, but i always have at least one pimple on my face.
This is very annoying and sometimes painful any help would be greatly appreciated. A specialist will be my last resort as they cost a fortune and my insurance sucks!!





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Budd Lake, NJ

#2 Feb 14, 2009
I think this must be related to Chlorine. Read about Chloracne!

Sacramento, CA

#3 Jun 7, 2009
A lot of basic info about acne here.

Sacramento, CA

#4 Jun 7, 2009
I should say, basic info about the different types of acne including the very serious
Good luck.
Boggus Information

Enfield, CT

#5 Nov 2, 2009
Timeteller wrote:
I think this must be related to Chlorine. Read about Chloracne!
Chloracne is a skin condition that looks like common forms of acne that affect teenagers. At present, chloracne is the only well established long-term effect of exposure to TCDD or dioxin, the contaminant found in one of the ingredients of Agent Orange Dick Boggus information

Rochester, NY

#6 Apr 15, 2010
The problem is from within, not without. High toxicity and tons of processed foods take a toll on your whole body especially your skin which acts as a mirror into your inner health. Washing your face or body too often only makes matters worse as it stimulates oil production and promotes unbalanced skin. Oil is your friend, don't destroy it otherwise your body compensates. I have the same problem with cyst-like acne on my temples and behind my ear. I've found that applying castor oil usually helps as does the oil cleansing method (OCM) in general.





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spa Gurl

Salt Lake City, UT

#7 Jun 26, 2010
I found my doctor at

United States

#9 Feb 16, 2011
I agree with Bob.

Chicora, PA

#10 Mar 8, 2011
RE: Boggus Information:
Dioxins are created when PVC plastic is burned in incinerators, household stoves, open rubbish (trash) burning, and accidental fires in....

or: Potential chronic low level exposure by living next to a hazardous waste site containing dioxins. Currently, in the United States, there are 126 Superfund sites (with a completed exposure pathway) contaminated with dioxins
Appletown usa

Stillwater, MN

#11 Mar 28, 2011
I have the exact same problem especially with behind the earlobes. It's getting pretty painful and nothing works. Not to mention it looks terrible. Let me know if you find a solution, as this is becoming a major problem for me
AmericanWoman201 1

Pittsburgh, PA

#12 Mar 28, 2011
try a new pillow - you should replace your pillows every 6 month or so because they absorb alot of oils and body fuilds (drool) while you sleep. Sometimes washing them in hot water and dtergent helps, but they get lumpy- new ones work best :)
American guy

United States

#13 Jun 8, 2011
Try drinking more water, if you don't drink enough water toxians will escape through your pores.

Etobicoke, Canada

#14 Sep 7, 2011
Okay so does anyone have the answer here?

Essen, Germany

#15 Oct 5, 2011
Go to a dermatologist! Many general practice physicians are not experienced in skin ailments.(I worked as an assistant for a dermatologist, who often had to re-treat patients who were mis-diagnosed/ innacurately treated by non-dermatologists). Many skin conditions appear the same to the untrained eye. And above all, never trust these on-line threads for medical diagnoses- they are full of misinformation from unqualified people...

Pickerington, OH

#16 Jan 10, 2012
i have had these "bumps" come and go for years now and yes, some of them can get quiet large and painful. I frequently feel behind my ears while showering or whenever, the sooner you find it the better. Now i know this might sound gross, but if you catch them while they are still small, you can pop them almost like a pimple. The ones I have popped are usually filled with a waxy looking substance. I had ear surgery when I was a kid, and suffer from allergies and recurrent ear infections. The doctors at a well refuted hospital told my mother years ago that these bumps will usually signal the onset of an ear infection or allergy attack. Its a signal that your body is fighting off an infection. Haven't had any real bad ones in years. Hope this is helpful to someone.
BLkDudeWitEarPro blem

Chicago, IL

#17 Feb 1, 2012
Ok I found a Home Remdy 4 this problem! Clove Oil Will Bring 2 a head immediately! The tingleness indicates thats it's working! Try it! I Promise It Works & it's Painless!


#19 Mar 5, 2012
i've had them and they don't act like normal pimples, i think a dermatologist is the safer bet, wait till you have a decent one then go. no use trying to clear them once they there as i know because they continue, I have a really healthy lifestyle now and they still come from time to time maybe slightly less freq maybe. i could understand when i was a trash head being toxins as i consumed many but now i eat breath everything healthy no exceptions so you tell me.... or maybe i'll take my own advise and travell a few hours to see nearest skin doctor uh??? yeah think so

Rhinelander, WI

#20 Apr 27, 2012
I've suffered from this for quite some time, however, I get them in other areas as well (shoulders, armpits, groin). I saw a dermatologist and was diagnosed with HS(Hidradenitis Suppurativa).

Rhinelander, WI

#21 Apr 27, 2012
I'm sorry, I should have also said that I take minocycline twice a day, and apply tea tree oil. Hope that helps.
John T

Charles City, IA

#23 May 23, 2012
I would just like to thank everyone... I'm having a lot of the same problems. You all have helped more than you'll know.

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