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Ear Goo

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  • Posted By: Kumbricia
  • September 6, 2008
  • 06:06 AM

My fiancee has these pockets of puss inside his earlobes, up the back of his ears, and on his neck and head just behind his ears. He's had them since he was about 18 (as far as he remembers) and he's now 33. He doesn't have medical insurance and can't afford to see a doctor about this.

I do my best to squeeze the puss from his ears and keep them clean and disinfected. If I don't squeeze the stuff out, the pockets grow larger and cause cysts (not to metional a terrible smell). Sorry to be so gross, but the goo and puss that comes out of his ears is so disgusting, the smell alone would make a wearer woman faint. Often, the pressure inside his ears is so great, that the nasty stuff squirts me in the face.

I feel so bad for him, but I don't know what else to do about it. Does anyone know what causes this? Any suggestions that don't involve us having to pay a doctor?

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  • The places you describe are places that tend to be moist in those folds especially in obese people,oils and sweat will plug the pores causing the pustles,I would try using a soap for oily skin and try to wash that area especially is hot weather multiple times a day.
    simidrm 36 Replies
    • September 9, 2008
    • 05:21 AM
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  • There is a thing called cholesteatoma that can cause foul-smelling pus and middle-ear cysts. However, this condition needs to be diagnosed by a professionnal, i.e. ENT. Chronic fungal ear infections can cause some similar problems. In that case, anti-fungal ear drops can be prescribed. In the case of cholesteatoma, the cyst usually needs to be removed surgically. You should really look into it if it gets worse, as it can cause long-term damage to hearing. Of course, I think the term cholesteatoma is used only when the cyst are situated in the middle-ear.There also exists benign (non-cancerous) ear cysts which normally aren't treated unless they get infected or painful. The foul smell might indicate an infection. What color is the pus when you squeeze it out? Does your fiancee has any kind of ear ache?
    geenie 39 Replies
    • September 9, 2008
    • 02:29 PM
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  • Thanks for your replies. The puss varries: sometimes greenish, sometimes, yellow, sometimes bloody, but usually white. Then he gets these large swellings that are filled with clear liquid and if I don't drain them continuously, the clear liquid turns white or yellow. The texture of the pus varries as well: sometimes watery, hard, gooey, or in-between. Some of the zits/cysts/puss pockets (not sure what to call them) are deep inside his ear lobes and others are on the surface of the skin - on the back of his ears and on the neck/head skin behind his ears. He's never had zits like this inside his ears (which I think is what you mean by "middle ear"). He doesn't get ear aches. He does have some very minor hearing loss, but he attributes that to the fact that he works with loud power tools all day (he runs a remodeling company). I don't think the hearing loss has anything to do with this problem, as the lesions are on the outside of his ear only. I hav also considered that they could be infections of some sort, so I treat his problems spots with hydrogen peroxide and, sometimes, rubbing alcohol. We have also tried him on anti-biotics, but they had no effect. I very much wish he could see a doctor about this, but we are so broke we may not even be able to pay rent this month. Thanks again for your help, I will look into the conditions listed above.
    Kumbricia 5 Replies
    • September 9, 2008
    • 05:59 PM
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  • Thanks for your replies. The puss varries: sometimes greenish, sometimes, yellow, sometimes bloody, but usually white. Then he gets these large swellings that are filled with clear liquid and if I don't drain them continuously, the clear liquid turns white or yellow. The texture of the pus varries as well: sometimes watery, hard, gooey, or in-between. Some of the zits/cysts/puss pockets (not sure what to call them) are deep inside his ear lobes and others are on the surface of the skin - on the back of his ears and on the neck/head skin behind his ears. He's never had zits like this inside his ears (which I think is what you mean by "middle ear"). He doesn't get ear aches. He does have some very minor hearing loss, but he attributes that to the fact that he works with loud power tools all day (he runs a remodeling company). I don't think the hearing loss has anything to do with this problem, as the lesions are on the outside of his ear only. I hav also considered that they could be infections of some sort, so I treat his problems spots with hydrogen peroxide and, sometimes, rubbing alcohol. We have also tried him on anti-biotics, but they had no effect. I very much wish he could see a doctor about this, but we are so broke we may not even be able to pay rent this month. Thanks again for your help, I will look into the conditions listed above.Responding late, but how is he doing now? I'm 37 and have similar problems as you discribe. Do he have a mastoid?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 4, 2009
    • 04:36 AM
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