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Cyst behind right ear

After several mornings of headaches and migraines, I noticed the growth of a cyst behind my ear at the back of my head. It became quite irritable because of growing and throbbing pains similar to those of headaches, so the following morning I went to my family doctor. He suggested to me two options: do nothing at all and wait until is disappears, or should I choose for an inspection of a surgeon, they will most likely operate to remove the cyst immediately. Being only 15, I find it troubling to deal with the many migraines, and will find it understandable if I have to put up for a week or so. But after reading several previous posts I understand that some people with very similar cases found it pointless to wait, and it is even more vulnerable to infection.

I would just like to know more about what I can and should do about the cyst itself. The cyst is quite hard, immobile, painful to the touch, and if sleeping I wake up with major headaches and migraines. I'm not prepared for an operation, but I'm not prepared to cope with throbbing pains affecting my sleep habits and school education.

What should I do, or be prepared for in regards to possible outcomes?
As well, could someone help me further understand what exactly this cyst is?

15 U. Kenny

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Hi Kenny,

How are you? You may be referring to a lymph node or sebaceous cyst: a closed sac or cyst below the surface of the skin which may affect the scalp, ears, back, face,and may occur anywhere on the body except the palms of the hands and soles of the feet. They are smooth to the touch, vary in size, and are generally round in shape. This may be caused by blocked sebaceous glands, swollen hair follicles, and excessive testosterone production will cause such cysts. If they continue to grow, they may become unsightly, painful, or  infected. Surgical excision of a sebaceous cyst is a simple procedure to completely remove the sac and its contents. An infected cyst may require oral antibiotics or other treatment before and/or after excision. I would recommend that you have this evaluated further by your doctor for proper management. Direct clinical examination of the cyst will help determine the treatment suited for you. Warm compress or over-the-counter pain medications may help. Try to avoid manipulating the lesion.

Take care and keep us posted.
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I am doing fine now, thank you for the information and quick response. I think I will give it about a month or so and if it doesn't change in size or make any progress I will consult my doctor for another examination. As well, I will continue to monitor its size and behaviour and keep posting back if necessary. Thank you once again for the piece of mind and helpful information.

Best Regards,
Kenny U.
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