How to Treat an Ear Cyst | Ear Problems


Occasionally, a patient might be told that
they have a cyst in their ear. This is a term that is very general and somewhat
vague in terms of diseases of the ear. We’re all familiar with little cysts that
we get on our skin and certainly you can get a cyst like that anywhere on your earlobe,
or even in your outer ear canal. You must remember that the skin of your outer
ear canal is exactly the same skin that lines the surface of your face. It just runs down your ear canal. Any type of eczema for example that you can
get on your skin, you can get in your ear canal. Any type of little cyst, or pimple that you
can get on your skin, you can get in your ear canal. When we speak about ear cysts however, in
general we are talking about a cyst in the middle ear and that is called a cholesteatoma. It is a skin line cyst. What happens inside the cyst, is dead skin
is accumulating. And that dead skin builds up and the cyst
gets larger and larger. Eventually, it can rupture through the eardrum
and cause infections or hearing loss. Those cysts represent a surgical problem. They cannot be treated medically. They must be removed. Oftentimes, these cholesteatomas will become
infected. They will be treated with antibiotics, either
by mouth or as drops, to remove the infection. However, if the cyst is not surgically removed,
the infection will recur. So ultimately, cholesteatoma is a surgical
problem. It must be taken care of surgically.

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