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Bad title I know. I have this weird zit type thing beside my ear. It's a reoccuring problem that is currently driving me nuts. It's under the skin and is purple and filled with puss. It's really bothering me and I don't know what to do. I am trying to leave it alone and ignore it but I am the type of person that just can't. I have the over whealming urge to just stick a safety pin in it to drain it although I do realize that it's probably not the greatest idea. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"> I know it will go away b/c it always does but it's not leaving fast enough for my liking this time. Does anyone know what this could be or how to get rid of it? ewwww<br><br>
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against my better judgement I have tried to pop it.....only blood came out and it will only half drain.ugh. So it is still there and I am fully grossed out. Hope it's not worse in the morning. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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I'd pop it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">: Probably not what a doctor would tell you to do, though.<br><br>
Could it be an ingrown hair? The fact that it looks purplish and is recurring makes me think this might be the case.
 

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I'd also pop it and have popped things that sound just like it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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DON'T POP IT.<br><br>
It sounds like a boil. Hot compresses will bring it to a head faster so it can drain. Popping it or sticking it with a pin will only make it worse.
 

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I had one like that. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/bag.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Bag">: I let Dh pop it and it was nasty! Definitely infected. I cleaned it with peroxide and it went away pretty quickly.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I'd pop it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">: Probably not what a doctor would tell you to do, though.<br><br>
Could it be an ingrown hair? The fact that it looks purplish and is recurring makes me think this might be the case.</div>
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It is definately not an ingrown hair.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">DON'T POP IT.<br><br>
It sounds like a boil. Hot compresses will bring it to a head faster so it can drain. Popping it or sticking it with a pin will only make it worse.</div>
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How will it drain if I don't pop it?
 

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There is a product called 'Boil Ease' that is supposed to bring boils to a head so they can pop. I'd go see a doc and have them do it though, just to be safe.
 

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How big is it? Ds used to get some strange warts around his eyes that didn't look like what I thought warts should look like. Dh kept popping them until we found out what they were.
 

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My dh has had two of these near or on his ear. They sound JUST like yours. We popped his when they came to a head and OMG I have never seen so muc puss in my life!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yikes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="EEK!"><br><br>
We put hydrogen peroxide on them and they went away and haven't returned yet.<br><br>
Good luck!
 

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UPDATE<br>
against my better judgement I have tried to pop it.....only blood came out and it will only half drain.ugh. So it is still there and I am fully grossed out. Hope it's not worse in the morning.
 

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Do not keep trying to pop it when it is not ready! This can drive the infection deeper into the tissue.<br><br>
Do apply moist heat (as hot as you can stand) to the area at least three times a day. This will help soften the area and help bring it to the surface. I am a picker and know how hard it is to leave it alone. Try putting a band aid on it to keep your fingers off it.<br><br>
You may very well have some type of foreign body in there. That could definitely explain why it keeps reoccurring.
 

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It will come to a head and open and drain on its own, but you can help it happen faster if you put a hot compress on it for 15 minutes at a time, 3 or 4 times a day.<br><br>
Do NOT put a bandaid on it! It can cause more irritation and lead to scarring.
 

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My sister and father get these quite often but usually on the back of their heads. My sister once had one so large that she was teasing her hair to hide it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Finally she woke up one day to a soaked pillow, it had popped on it's own sometime during the night. She went to the MD and he drained the rest.<br><br>
Now, when either my sister or my father feel one coming on they do the hot compress thing, pop it and use triple antibiotic. If you're not comfortable with antibiotic cream I'd suggest just getting/keeping it clean as possible with TTO, soap and water, ect.<br><br>
I don't know about hydrogen peroxide. The wound care nurse at our facility discourages this because it reportedly damages the cells in the would bed, damaged cells can't heal a wound, the wound has to slough off the damaged cells then heal, prolonging healing time. We still use it for mouth wash, cleaning waxy ears and getting blood stains out of our clothes.
 
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