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Red, swollen earlobe with tiny red bumps
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An_248886 posted:
My two year old has a red, swollen earlobe for a few days. A tiny blister was spotted at one point. Now it looks like there are several tiny red bumps. What could it be? Can it be an infection? Our pediatrician saw it at the early stage and thought it may be a bug bite. But it didn't get better after a few days. My son complains that it hurts (or itches).
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Rod Moser, PA, PhD responded:
Yes, it could be an infection, and probably should be treated with both a topical and oral antibiotic, but this is just a blind guess based on your brief posting. As you know, my inability to examine your son first-hand is quite a barrier....you can't really diagnose an infection without actually seeing it personally.

Bug bites itch, and he is complaining about it. Bug bites can also set the stage for an infection, so he could have both.

Call his pediatrician first. He may just treat him without another exam, since he examined him in the early stages. If not, you will need to make an appointment for an exam.


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