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Ear health help - May 7th 2012, 04:40 PM

I've got this large white spot at the entrance to my left ear canal. It doesn't hurt at all but I can sometimes feel it tickling and my ear occassionally pops. I've googled it but can't seem to find anything. Any ideas what it might be and if it's serious?
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Re: Ear health help - May 8th 2012, 03:07 PM

Eh, I have never heard of this nor do I want to try and make an uneducated guess. The safe bet, especially in regards to ear health is to get a doctor to check it out.


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Re: Ear health help - May 10th 2012, 09:09 AM

It sounds like some twisted variant of acne. I've had acne everywhere... everywhere (not at once though). Acne can act strangely when it starts "growing" in odd places. It's to do with the biology of your skin in those places, and by skin I mean going something like 3mm deep. The skin in your ear isn't the same as your face.

I don't think I've had acne in my eyes... or eyelids.

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Re: Ear health help - May 10th 2012, 04:40 PM

I would suggest seeing a doctor. I'm not sure what it could be as I've not heard of anything like this. I doubt it is anything bad, but it can't hurt to ask a doctor
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Re: Ear health help - May 11th 2012, 02:18 AM

Normally, such issues would involve a great deal of pain, which certainly helps in narrowing down the possibilities. One such possibility is called seborrheic dermatitis, which is quite common in oily parts of the skin, including the outer ear and ear canal. Usually there is some redness and either white, yellow or brownish scales or dandruff-like flakes. It's caused by a yeast fungus, Malassezia globosa, Malassezia restricta, Malassezia furfur, or one of the 7 other species.

A similar disorder is otitis externa or "swimmer's ear", although it tends to be quite painful and again, is yellow-white in colour. The informal name is a bit misleading because it's caused by one of several bacteria that often are found in water, so it's a tongue-in-cheek joke that the bacteria "swam" into your ear and doesn't matter how often you swim.

Both of these are diagnosed based on their appearance but it could very well be anything else since this is all from a vague description. If it is one of these, there are a variety of medications already available.

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