Audiology/Otolaryngology/hole in ear

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mairin wrote at 2007-07-13 20:30:07
I think you may be talking about a pre-auricular sinus. I have one on my left ear (they are usually located on the soft tissue where the top of the ear joins the head and usually on the left side of the body but my boyfriend has one on his right ear)

If there is a smelly discharge, it may be infected. As with any infection this should be treated. Recurring infections can be treated with surgery


G wrote at 2007-09-10 21:37:06
I beleive it is called Preauricular sinuses.


diana M. wrote at 2007-11-19 05:54:58
i have the same hole you are talking about, my nephew and one neighbor and one cousin have it too...but I can't find information on it.


toni wrote at 2008-01-05 03:09:48
i have these holes as well but mine are above each ear and my daughter had them 2 and only recently they started to puss a bit so she was but on some antibiotics and she is much better


AJ wrote at 2008-05-04 07:20:58
WELL FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MY LIFE, THANKS TO THE INTERNET I FINALLY HAVE AN ANSWER TO WHAT THIS HOLE IS ON THE UPPER PART OF MY LEFT EAR IS. LIKE THE REST OF YOU I'VE HAD IT SINCE CHILDHOOD AND HAVE GONE THROUGH THE EMBARRASSING MOMENTS OF THE ITCH THE RUB THEN THE SMELL. I WILL SAY-THAT IN MY LIFE NOW I HAVE NOTICED THAT MY WORKING ENVIRONMENT PLAYS A FACTOR IN HOW IT ACTS. FOR INSTANCE WHILE LIVING IN NEW ENGLAND I'VE WORKED IN A LOT OF FACTORIES AND DURING THIS TIME IT SEEMED THAT IT WAS ALWAYS PUFFY AND DISCHARGING FLUID BUT SINCE MY WORK ENVIRONMENT HAS CHANGED ITS NOT AS MUCH.FOR ANY OF YOU LOOKING FOR A WAY TO DEAL WITH THE DISCHARGE OR INFECTION YOU CAN USE A SURENGE WITHOUT THE NEEDLE DRAW IN PEROXIDE AND SLOWLY INJECT IT IN THE HOLE, AFTER GETTING AS MUCH FLUID OUT OF THE HOLE FIRST BEFORE YOU GET STARTED. IT GET'S RID OF THE INFECTION AND CUTS BACK ON THE ITCH FOR A WEEK OR TWO. AND NO MORE SMELLY STUFF FOR A WHILE TOO. I HOPE THIS CAN HELP

AJ


winnie wrote at 2008-07-04 09:09:02
OW I am really thankful for the internet. I really a have a serious problem with my son. My 1 and 10months old baby had a hole in the upper part of his ear and he got this to his dad that also have it since his birth. I dont know what it is until I found this blog. I am planning to bring him to his pediatrician for check up.


ZibahRose wrote at 2008-10-16 02:58:02
I have the hole indicated.  The drainage is smelly because it comes from oils and hair products an individual may use.  What I have learned is, in our family the first born child has this hole.  I have met people that have the hole and they are firstborn as well.  I have never heard of the hole being sealed because it can be so tiny, sealing it seems unnecessary.



My problem?  I have a hole also, and I am not the oldest child.  A friend has one on each side of his head.  I would like to know the correct medical term for the hole.  I am developing a theory and would like to confirm it with ear specialists.



Additionally, my mother said it is a sinus.  When my sister and I were children, my mother regularly cleaned our holes by squeezing them.  Applying pressure below the hole seems to keep it clean.


Noneed wrote at 2008-10-21 01:16:21
I have it in my both ears. You shouldn't do anything risky with it like the syringe or something. I know one of the girl who was the teenager her mom decided to take the liquid out with the syringe and totally made her go to the emergency. So no need to touch it. Anyway you need to clean it everyday.


shay wrote at 2008-12-20 05:39:14
This "hole" is called a preauricular sinus and is a benign congenital birth defect. If it becomes inflamed can be surgically treated and removed not "sealed up"  I also have these "holes" one on each ear, as does my grandfather and 1 sibling (it is genetic)


Ana wrote at 2009-03-14 13:51:41
No worries Natasha!! I HAVE TWO TOO!!! My mother has one as well. No liquid comes from mine. But if i squeeze it it does smell.


li wrote at 2009-04-17 09:46:38
I have 2 holes too.. but unfortunately i have to go through surgical because it inflamed when I was young..


Tee-Baba wrote at 2009-04-25 03:43:55
I had one on the left ear, I'm the first child like someone suggested. I've been fine with it untill the smelly fluid issue came up. Its so irritating. Well I pierce the hole out to the lower part just three days ago. I'm nursing it to heal-up. Hoping this will make it easier to maintain.


preguntaspreguntas wrote at 2009-08-16 01:27:31
Natasha, Without actually seeing you, I couldn't say for sure, but these sound like preauricular cysts/pits. They are indeed genetic, and are very common. The drainage is keratin, which smells something awful, and is not cause for concern, contrary to what another poster said. That is, if the drainage is of the same general quantity, color and odor it has always been, and there is no swelling or pain in or around the hole or the side of your face, it is not a cause for concern and is normal. If it's a different color, odor, or quantity, or there is swelling or pain present, you should see a doctor as these are signs of infection. These usually require no action or treatment, though you may find that it gets a little itchy when there's a buildup of keratin and if you scratch or rub it, the keratin is excreted and the itchiness will dissipate. If they become problematic or infected, they can be surgically excised, if necessary. I hope this helps.


Roger007 wrote at 2009-09-23 12:04:50
I had the same thing since birth.  A very small, perfectly formed and matching hole in each ear.  Both drained a clear and sometime cloudy liquid daily.  It caused no pain, so while I was very young, I did not have it addressed.  When I became 13 however, the smell from this drainage became noticeable and I wanted these removed so I had surgery to seal them.  One came back after a year and had to be redone.  Yesterday, while getting a routine eye exam, the doctor was shocked to see a cloud mass behind my left eye so I am going to see a Retina specialist today for a sonogram.  I think what it might be is the filling up of the cavity from this birth defect and left undrained for 35 years.  As this defect is not common, but clearly replicated in others, knowing the name of this condition may make it easier for my doctors to investigate.


Atari Fun wrote at 2009-11-04 01:16:54
I was born with both holes, 1 each ear. (4 months premature), my doctor told me it usually closes over for most babies sometime during the 9 months of birth. I also had one with odor and drainage for many years, just thought it was normal but then it started to hurt one day and wouldn't drain. It turned into an infection that formed a cyst. My local doctor cut the hole removed the cyst and was on medicine for a few weeks and then had stitchs to close the hole. I still have the other an never had any infection. I only met one other person that had the same holes. I also thought I was unique. I hope this helps.


Stefanyi wrote at 2009-11-09 00:13:00
I am so happy I came across the site! I also have two drainage holes in my ears/skull. My mom asked the Dr one time what they were and he simply called them sinus drains.

Sometimes they itch and I can tell they are a bit swollen. I'll take the padding of my pointer finger and kind of push in and up and sure enough "stuff" will squeeze out! I've even noticed when I'm sick, there seems to be more stuff come out. The smell is not so nice.



I have 11 aunts & uncles and several cousins, no one in my family seems to have these holes. I'm relieved that I'm not alone.



Thank you, thank you for this site! Very helpful. Sometimes but not very often someone will notice them and ask me, now I know what to tell them...Preauricular sinuses.




sam wrote at 2009-11-30 13:59:38
its not enything bad i have them too nd that stuff happens all the time atleast once a day dont go to the docotrs no pooint they cant do enything and its not bacteria its just a genetic medical thing which dusnt harm enyone who has them u cant get them removed as a tube runs all the way down into ur head...my mam has them too nd tryed that soo yeah u'll be fine!


Jeanine wrote at 2010-01-09 03:35:44
My son who is now 8 years old was born with 2 tiny holes behind his ears near the crease of the earlobes.  They did weep and had a bad smell.  He was also born with little flaps inside of his nose that opened and closed when he breathed.  His doctor said he was born with gills and alligator flaps. His words, not mine.  The holes closed up and the flaps are almost completely gone.  He was born 3 hours early of his due date.  lbs oz.  Upon placing him in my arms after being born, his left ear looked sharp, like fresh carved clay.  I watched his ear form, meaning it began to round out and look normal.  He was also born with a cataract.  


sally wrote at 2010-09-17 18:19:13
I also has the same thing and s'time it just least the nasty yellow information.i am scare dat tis thing smell when i am around people.


hole wrote at 2012-04-06 14:07:51
HELLO FELLOW EAR HOLERS!  THE HOLES ARE A MERE SIGN OF IMMORTALITY!  I TOO HAVE A HOLE ON EACH SIDE.  DUE TO A VERY SPECIAL INTELLECTUAL BRAIN, THEY SERVE AS A PRESSURE RELEASE VALVE FOR PRESSURE DUE TO SO MUCH KNOWLEDGE.  IF YOU HAVE ONE OF THESE, YOU WILL LIVE FOREVER.  SINCE DECEMBER 2012 IS UPON US, WE SHOULD COLONIZE SO WE DON'T HAVE TO GO FIND EACH OTHER. LIVE WELL!  

Now thats funny, and yes it smells.  If you rub it, it will release a little. Nasty!


Chelle wrote at 2012-06-21 13:02:38
My 9 year old was born w/ a hole on each ear. Her sister has one hole as well. My mother said I was born w/ one hole in my left ear. My 9 years old situation is a lil different, her "holes" or "pits" started to sercete fluid. It was so bad, that her left was swollen and started to pertrude out. Her father took.her.to her Dr, and he said he couldn't do nothing about it. Shocked as we were, he took the Hospital. As they were observing her, they realized that surgery was needed. She was 5 years old at.the time and.so.brave. They operated on her and removed the pits.  


katherine wrote at 2012-06-29 04:19:14
I have it and I'm 22 had it since birth. I have to have it removed because its putting pressure on mynerve and has stopped releasing the yucky stuff. I get the same symptoms as someone with trigeminal nueralgiawhich was what I was diagnosed ashaving before asking a doctor about the hole. Its building up and the swelling iscausing pressure on mybrainand tingled throughout my body accompanied by numbness and its starting to effect my brain memory. I also heard it could be a fistula. Its hereditary my uncle has it so does my friend I'm the second born my uncles the 3 rd born and myfriends also the second born so doesn't matter what gestation number you arrived its all genetics. I have 3 children none have it.


Aundrea wrote at 2012-07-24 20:11:59
I have had this hole since birth. I have one on my right ear. It never bothered me &

I never really noticed it nor payed attention to it.

I looked online & this hole is called a "preaurcular pit" for me, my hole has

Always been harmless. You have nothing to worry about. From time to time I do

Press on it & discharge does release. It's normal. It's always a a way of cleaning

It out. Yes it does have a smell to. To keep it clean I usually just take

A q tip & put alcohol or peroxide on it & sloppy it

On the hole a few times. It helps keep it clean. I personally feel unique

With my hole. It's nothing to worry about.


powerdrive70 wrote at 2012-08-24 03:42:12
I am the oldest and was born with a hole on my left ear. I have not had any problem but if I place pressure over the hole there is a smell on my finger.



One day I was in a store an old lady walk up to me an said to me a person that has a hole such as mine was special and that I could find this out from the bible. Have everyone learn that before?


MinisterLady wrote at 2012-09-26 00:52:51
My grandmom said to me as a child that the holes are a blessing from God. She was born with them and my dad was too, we were also all three born as caulbearers, veil over our faces, so was my great grandmother, only on my fathers side they said both were a blessing. Mine has never given me a problem, neither did they have problems. I tend to believe the lady in the super market in the above comment, it's close to what my religious grandmother said to me. I'm also religious. Do any of you also see ghost? I guess were talking about the same holes.  


shetam wrote at 2012-10-04 17:52:24
I am the first born and have these holes in both ears.  My father had them as well.  I have five children and it started with my first born and every other child has them.  I have fluid from them also.  I always forget to ask my doctor about them.  I wonder if they have anything to do with my headaches or sinus problems?  


Ross wrote at 2012-10-31 06:11:14
I also have one on my left ear. I am 46 years old now and never had any problem  until last Friday when I felt so much pain. The entire earlobe is so painful and I can't even sleep. I love to swim so I thought I only had a swimmer ear infection. After I was given an ear drop from an urgent care doctor, I started feeling something coming out of the hole. Until more came out but its not smelly. I can feel the pressure if I put my head upside down. I decide to put more pressure on my ear below the hole and more came out. I didn't realize that I have this problem until now. If this is really a certain sinus, what is the best thing to do to maintain it hygienecally so there will be no scretion like what I experience. Do we have to cover it if we need to go swimming or going to a steam room or even taking a shower? Hope to hear from you!


Info sherer wrote at 2012-11-11 07:54:28
This is Group Therapy,So Hi My name is Shawn... I am also one who has a hole above my left ear, I am also a first born, I am 36 yrs now but when I was 13 yrs it got swolen & became painful it also began to ooze pus for about a few days, my Ma made a homade remedy for it, It has never acted up since then but I would like to get more info on these Preauricular pits.


jhonny wrote at 2012-11-18 20:28:12
i realize a couple of days that i have this problem as all of you guys.mine now is swollen.im taking amoxicillin.hope it helps.i try to sqeeze it to drain,but it only hurts and non coming out,i try to read all of the article to find information that would help me ease the pain.im not fortunate to visit a doctor cause im at the middle of atlantic ocean where my job located.


Briana wrote at 2012-11-20 14:07:22
hey guys, my name is Briana. I have 1 located on the left side of my ear it is called a preauricular pit when I was younger it always itched and would drain . but a couple months ago, September to be exact 1 day it was hurting and I just ignored it then the next day it got swollen as each day passed it only got more bigger and swollen and caused a lot of pain. I went to my Pediatric and he prescribed me amoxacillin which is for ear infections that only made the infection worse it made my face swell up and almost to the point were my eye was closed then it made the whole left side of my head swollen even the back of my head.. so I ended up going to the hospital , when I was in the hospital they were asking me what it was and what happened which scared me because they didn't know what it was...



I had to inform them on what it was, so then they gave me a cat scan to make sure that the infection didn't spread to the bone behind my ear, luckily it didn't, thank God. But then I was rushed to another hospital in the ambulance. once I got there I was immediately put on an antibiotic called clindamycin, which gets rid of any infection in any area. The infection was so bad and gave me cellulitis, which is an infection in the skin tissues. I was on antibiotics and Motrin painkillers for 5 days before I was rushed into surgery.. I was so scared, I really thought I was going to die.. the pain feels horrible, after the surgery is so great to not feel so much pressure & pain. but now today since Friday November. It has gotten swollen again but there's not really much pain and there's no drainage since the whole has seem to close I think.. I've been taking ibuprofen to get rid of the information as well as drinking things loaded with antidioxidants. I can't really tell if the swelling is going down, but it doesn't really bother me it just bothers me the fact that it's there because it is so embarrassing, I would hate to get another surgery I pray to God. But don't let anyone tell you that these are bad and don't belong in your body because it is not true we were made this way by Jesus himself, I read that people with these pants have the ability to become wealthy the ability to tell the future the ability to move things with their mind and many other things we are very special people and we will learn how to use our ability when the time comes maybe its December 21st ;) make sure you read about yourself and books anywhere you can find information about them because these people obviously don't know whst they're doing, but I wish you all the best of luck and I ask you to pray for me that it goes down and doesnt call for another surgery, if you have any questions feel free to email me : BrianaIngram@yahoo.com


Vee wrote at 2012-11-25 04:59:50
I have this "pit" on my left ear. My remedy is exact to Aj's. I've researched that it is an underdeveloped part of the ear. I was born premature so that makes sense to me. It was one afternoon while a small child my grandma asked to pick at it. Since I had complained of the itching I agreed. She squeezed the pit unfamiliar with what it was. I later found myself sticking anything that wouldn't stab me and could fit trying to scratch it. I still experience the funky whiff of "time to clean"  ear. I've found the syringe and peroxide the best. I used to use a qtip and eye of a needle. But the syringe without the needle is best. The bubble of the peroxide satisfies the itch on a deeper level. I've found alcohol drying and strong but feels sterile in comparison to nothing. Lidocaine ointment, bacitracin ointment works well as an after care of the sterilization. I've never been afraid to dig in it and clean it. Blame nurse grandma. Ointments and things are second nature to me. I use index fingers. One underneath pit and one on outside hole and squeeze like a pimple. Dab with tissue repeat. Be careful not to go overboard and risk serious infection because it feels so great to clean it. Hope this helps.  


Tipdrip wrote at 2012-12-11 01:23:05
Hello I have the same hole on my right ear and it does itch and smell @ times I just can't believe it's a defect, for the fact that I feel so gifted and different I believe it more then just Preauricular pits!!


Tipdrip wrote at 2012-12-11 01:24:12
Hello I have the same hole on my right ear and it does itch and smell @ times I just can't believe it's a defect, for the fact that I feel so gifted and different I believe it more then just Preauricular pits!!


common sense1 wrote at 2012-12-18 01:30:21
I too have had these holes since birth,and was told that i used to scream when they would swell and my mom would squeeze them. Now I empty them every day in the shower and have no problems. However I've noticed that if I eat junk food and drink alcohol they tend to fill a lot more. When I eat good and drink plenty of water they hardly fill at all if any. So my point is take care of your body, you're your own best doctor for minor stuff, and stop going to the hospital at the drop of a hat. I mean really people eat some fruit and veg already :)


Lela wrote at 2013-01-09 20:29:26
Hi...I was born with these preauriculur pits in both ears. My brother was born with one. His two children were born with them, but my two children were not. When I was young my mom would just say that it was a hereditary extra hole in our ears. I have gone through life with these and with the experience of itchiness, redness, and excretions; which produce an oder. Occasionally, when they itch and discharge, they get puffy. Yes, it has always been embarrassing mostly because of the oder. I am now in my 40s and I have just found out what these holes are called. My brother and I were talking about his kids preauriculur pits. He mentioned that when they were born the doctor explained what they were. I guess it is a type of non alarming birth defect which can be associated with hearing loss. If hearing loss is not detected young in life, then it probably wouldn't as an adult. (At least not related to these pits). I never questioned it, but now I'm sitting here (with one of my holes actively itching, discharging, and swelling) and reading these responses online. I never realized that so many others had this. I thought I was the only one who ever experienced the irritation caused by them. My brother's never excreted fluid or itched. This reading has been very helpful to me. I think I'll inquire about the irritations I get with my doctor.  Never thought anything could be done to help.


Baby.with.the.hole&caul wrote at 2013-01-11 18:58:53
@MinisterLady I have the same hole on the left side of my ear and I was also born with a veil......I was always told my Grandmother that I had the gift of second sight but has never actually seen a ghost, however, I can FEEL and sense things in people or an extra presence. People always have made comments that I have a soothing calmness even in the worst/deadly situations, tht most mistake for non chelante or smugness......


MeeToo wrote at 2013-01-12 03:52:57
I can't believe I just got around to finding this on the internet.  My 2nd child, my daughter will be 23 this month.  She was born with one on each side.  I'm so glad I read this to the end because another one of my questions was answered.  She was a full term 8 lb, 1 oz baby 18" long, muscle and fat.

at the hospital the Pediatrician on call told me they were probably nothing to worry about, but our regular Ped, would follow up...They are sometimes related to hearing problems depending on how deep the holes go.  He did not give me a name for the condition.  

She showed no signs of hearing issues as a baby and Doc said instead of anything drastic lets wait and see.  

She grew normally with the only problem being she didn't talk.  She made noise, but no words. Then when she did start talking no one could understand her.  My doctor had told me if she is not talking by 3, we will begin testing.  Well just before her 3rd birthday she finally started talking.



When she was little we cleaned them every day with pressing on the bottom like mentioned above and soap and water.  Once when she was about 15ish one side blew up suddenly like flaming red when she woke up painful and hot.  It got about as big as a large marble by the end of the day.  Long story why we didnt' go to the doctor, but she stayed in bed that day, we put warm compresses on it for a couple hours and when she got up it started draining, then she pressed on the bottom and it drained for over 30 minutes.  Then it got kind of crusty for a few days and we went back to cleaning it like normal.  No other problems.  That was the left side, and the tiny hole since that infection is now bigger than the other one.  It never went back down but there is no lump or redness.  

We can't find anyone in the whole family on my side that ever had them.  Now I'm going to see if someone on my husbands family had them, but that's kind of hard as many have passed away.


Lorretta Washington wrote at 2013-02-13 04:25:22
I have the hole on the left ear. I'm left handed and 50 years old. This is the first time I have ever found any information on this. I often have a problem with itching, draining and the foul smell. I usually press on the bottom as well as the top and wipe with hydrogen peroxide or alcohol. When I was a teenager, it was itching so bad that I used the flat end of a straight pin to insert and scratch. It immediately swole up and I couldn't remove the pin, had to go to emergency room. From that point on, I've had problems with it. I've been trying to find a way to clean it without sticking anything inside. It smells often and I wonder if anyone else can smell it. I've never asked anyone because I'm embarrassed. I'm not a first born and nobody else in my family has this. I just read that those who have them don't break bones and I have never had any broken bones, I also seem to have an extra sense about things. This is very interesting information that I've been reading on the internet about this today. I never even knew what it was called. I just started googling about it today. I'll be doing more research. Thanks for all of your comments. I've never before had anyone to talk to about this.  


Ang wrote at 2013-03-10 02:14:10
Hi. My 11 year old son has these, on both his ears. We have always wondered what they were. He has always had what we called very smelly ears and we would clean his ears out, not realising the smell must be coming from these pits. Yesterday he tells me they get itchy and after he scratches them that's what stinks. So I rub one and then wow it stinks. I've never noticed any discharge though. I'm going to keep a closer eye on them after reading all of these comments now. Interesting to note though his ear canals get extremely built up with wax very quickly sometimes needing to be cleaned more than once a day. Interesting! I only ever knew one other person with these little holes and thought they were very very odd!  


CLARA wrote at 2013-03-24 22:16:42
I AM 75 YEARS OLD AND HAVE ALWAYS HAD THE TWO HOLES IN MY EARS.  LIKE EVERYONE ELSE, THEY DRAIN AND ARE SMELLY.  I ONCE SHOWED IT TO MY DERMATOLOGIST AND HE SAID THAT HE COULD REMOVE THE CYSTS.  I AM HESITATING ONE HAVING THIS DONE.  ONE OF MY SISTERS HAS ONE EAR WITH IT AND HER SON ALSO HAS ONE.  ONE OF MY DAUGHTERS ALSO HAS ONE ON HER EAR.  MY SISTER IS AN IDENTICAL TWIN BUT THE OTHER TWIN DOES NOT HAVE THE HOLE.


JustLikeYou wrote at 2013-07-10 03:24:20
I, too, have a tiny hole on each ear and they behave as all of you have shared.  The one on my right ear is more bothersome.  I have not had to treat it with antibiotics as the minor swelling and pressure subside on their own.  When I was a child, my mom told me that my pediatrician said it was nothing to worry about and the discharge was "extra" stuff.  I'm in my late 30s and I don't know why I never questioned that diagnosis or sought a second opinion.  I always thought the condition was unique to me.  Embarrassment and not knowing what to call it prevented me from bringing it up during a doctor's visit. I am relieved to have found this site while researching what this is.  Before today, I had no idea that others had these pits too.  Knowing now what the holes are called, why they formed, and how to treat them have been therapeutic.  Thank you for sharing your stories.  


Ears wrote at 2013-07-21 02:26:30
I had bilateral preauricular pits. Out of three siblings two of us had bilateral pits. If you have them, I recommend getting them removed by an ear, nose and throat doctor as soon as possible. My sister had one on her left ear which became badly infected and was removed. The one on my right side had developed a large cyst. The removal of the cyst is what took up a majority of my time in surgery.  I would be proactive and get them taken care of early before a cyst develops. surgical time is 1/2 hour to an hour and can be done in the doctors office.


piustime wrote at 2013-08-09 07:20:01
I have this hole on my right ear, its starts itching i rub it discharges an odour sometimes its a little swollen and painful then its normal again. its irritating. My mum had it bt its stop itching now and smelling and she did nothing my cousin had her surgically removed because it got so inflamed..am just sick of the smell  


Another person with a hole in ear wrote at 2013-08-23 04:35:37
I to have a hole in my left ear. Out of five daughters only my last two have them and theirs are in their right ear.  I have an aunt who has one, an uncle who had one and cousins who also have them (one has none, one had one, one has two) from mother's side of the family. My grandma on that side said her father had it too. Just like the rest of the entries, I from time to time have smelly discharge, but if pushed on like a pimple it gets it out and stops itching for awhile. My mother used to clean it with peroxide when I was a child, she said it kept it clean and helped it to not get infected, which causes it to be red and inflamed. I was glad to hear that there is a term for this and relieved to know that more than a few people have them. As for being special because of this, well God created each of us, if we all looked alike things would be really quite boring, so be proud of who you are no matter what you have or have not!


YAY I'm not alone wrote at 2013-08-24 15:32:08
Like so many others here I am SOOOOOO glad I stumbled upon this!! Now I know what these holes are (I have two)!! I've had them since birth and didn't cause any concerns until later when I was around 10 or 11 when there was discharge. I was horrified I thought my brain was oozing out lol During my teen years I would put earrings in both and walk around and show off to my friends and they thought it was the coolest thing lol Now as an adult I've come to live with it and yeah the smell is terrible but I can usually tell when its discharging. I would get a tingly sensation/pressure that's when I would either grab wipes or excuse myself to the bathroom to clean. I also notice that my right hole gives out more discharge and more frequent but other than that I've never had any serious infections. So in my opinion if your pits aren't giving you too much problems I'd say just accept it and move on!  


senpai wrote at 2013-11-09 08:13:25
Glad to know I'm not alone with this! All through my childhood and teenage years, I had pain quite often.  But I noticed that pressing out the discharge twice daily (in the shower) helped prevent itching, infection and embarrassing moments of discharge in public (oh, the smell!)

However, when it gets infected I take 1 day if antibiotics and the pain stops.

Summarily, regular draining prevents pain, itching and infections.

I've learned to live with it and love it. I call it my 'magic box' and threaten my siblings with it. Lol.

Good luck everyone!  


Gerrycarr71 wrote at 2013-11-22 17:33:50
Well I am Hispanic, the youngest of three but the only one with these little holes on the outside of both ears. My mom had one on her left ear and her grandmother had two as well. They itch almost every day at any hour or part of the day and night. When I scratch them with my index fingers, there's a nasty smell that is quite embarrassing in the presence of others. Dang smell lingers for a long time especially on my finger, even after washing them with soap and water, even the ears. I never could find an answer to what they are until now. I'm glad to see I'm not the only one that suffers from this but my female cousin had one on her left ear and died of a heart attack at age 49. I think they provide a source for infection to be released from the body because I've noticed that I hardly ever have any illness or sickness or infections. I'm virtually illness free and I think it's because of these pit things. Maybe that's what the grandmother above meant by BEING SPECIAL?  When I was around 12/13, my right ear became infected, a big bulge of pus formed and ripped my skin apart. It healed and hasn't happened since. Im 42 now and still get the itch on a daily basis, my wife noticed them but never questions me about them. I know she's smelled them but keeps quiet. I'm enticed to tell her that I'm an alien from the planet Pus and here to rid the planet of sickness. I used to think I was unique but now I see I'm not,  unless there's 144,000 of us and that's where in the bible it's mentioned because we're to be the ones to end sickness and illness in the new Earth. Hmm, not a bad concept, especially when having to deal with this oddity.  


Scar wrote at 2013-12-14 00:24:07
I also got one on my left ear, eldest.. I am currently on treatment of rosephin for 3 days.. Tomorrow will be my last injection but the pain is really unbearable.. It hurts big time! My side face is swelling now same as the neck part and head.. This infection is killing me. Thanks for this site, at least i found people of same condition.



Doctor said after the swelling subsides, i need to undergo an operation since it is recurring. It needs to be removed. I hope it stops there. thank u!.  


sanam wrote at 2014-03-07 08:33:23
hi i have it 2 on my left ear but when i was young was not a problem when reached 23 it was infected so it was swollen. so ate antibiotic got better again it happen so i used herbal medicine to get better to all my friends if you have same problem it will get better i know how much it pains and embarrassing when pus comes out and smells just take good care of health drink lots of water never get close to sick people if they have flu or cold & dust free environment.the environment factors affects our health eat onion and garlic in your food even you can eat raw or with soup eat spicy food it kills bacteria that affects our our pit i have tried only 1 time i faced that problem and now its gone even the pus hardly ever comes out when it comes out i clean with warm water one friend of mine said just drink herbal soup with garlic and onion i know most of us hardly eat garlic but it  you want to get better than try this once in 2 or 3 days friends the food we eat the type of environment we stay all matters and also take good rest so that our antibodies get strong to fight bacteria that affects our pit its congenital so we can not change but can prevent infection  


Aron Tacticx wrote at 2014-03-09 20:44:43
I have this tiny hole but lemme tell u something... mine is on my chest.. not above my ears.. gets itchy, kinda full n I just squeeze it.. the smelly discharge is kinda irritating ... so its not samthn that automatically appears above the ear.. can b above the eye too.  


sean wrote at 2014-07-08 04:19:57
Wow! What a relief it is to find soo many others that have "the Pit" my father and grandfather both have one in their left ears, but when I asked about it they said it never drained or smelled.  So I always thought there was something wrong with me. Also theirs, they were hardly visible,  Where as mine was large and always discharged the funk. After an embarrassing conversation with my girlfriend about the smell I decided to look it up. My doctor has never had an answer for me in the last 33 years,  and I have asked more than once.  So thank you all for sharing.


CS wrote at 2014-07-21 23:23:01
I have a pit on my left ear and I was always very conscious of it. My parents didn't seem to know about it.  The itching and smell was a nuisance and as a teenager it was something that was embarrassing.  I went to my doctor who then referred me to an ENT specialist who knew what it was and arranged for me to have it removed by surgery.  Good riddance and no regrets not to have it any more.  Still a small mark of where it was as you would expect, but no more itching or discgarge!!!


dugscoops wrote at 2014-10-09 02:03:10
I'll shoot peroxide in mine, see what that does.  stuff smells like yeast infection.  


paris wrote at 2014-10-23 04:58:22
I've had two holes all my life and about 70% of people in my family on my moms side have them too. The hole produces a small amount of pus every now and then. The pus is smells foul. But I have theory it could come from your bloodline. Maybe???


WILL wrote at 2014-10-29 01:24:02
IT IS CALLED A PREAURICULAR SINUS AND CAN BECOME INFECTED 20-40 % OF THE TIME, MINE HAS RECENTLY BEEN INFECTED AND MW THE WHOLE UPPER SIDE OF MY HEAD IS ABNORMALLY LARGE, IN EXTREME CASES THE PATIENT HAS TO HAVE SURGERY TO CLOSE UP THE HOLE AFTER ANTIBIOTICS HAVE DONE THEIR JOB, THIS IS NOT A JOKING MATTER PEOPLE, I HAVE UNDERGONE SLEEPLESS NIGHTS BECAUSE OF MY INFECTION AND I HAVE TO TAKE PAINKILLERS EVERY FOUR HOURS TO OFFER AT LEAST SOME RELIEF AND HELP ME GET SOME MUCH NEEDED SLEEP


The enlightened One wrote at 2015-02-16 14:53:59
The bible says the holes in the ears are a sign of servant-hood to a master (servants of God) Exodus 21:6. These people are very special and I believe there is a link between them and the 144,000 servants of God that would be given authority to rule over the new Earth with Christ at his second coming. Live well and discover your potential!


Laura wrote at 2015-02-17 03:16:38
I have this as well but I feel like my ear is losing cartilage and is skinnier then the other and if I wear head phones for long hours it fills up more and it itches a lot but its at the top of my ear ....I use to try and put earrings in it as a trick now it just sucks....its stinky and itch and annoying. I think everyone can smell it and when my hair is longer it itches and bothers me more then when my hair is short....I am always fearful of my ear losing all cartilage and having a hanging ear ....


reason wrote at 2015-03-17 05:19:36
a am truely amazed to see how much people have these holes.. i was born with two and my first daughter also got them but, but hers are hidden just behind where mines are, so you cant see hers. i never really thought of them as anything. i was born in the caribbean and my grand parents said that they are harden holes, meaning that i was a stubborn child and others said quote.. born to drown.. meaning that i would die by drowning,, these are just supersticious things, i smiled at the drowning thing because i love the sea, i love being in the water.. My holes never swole up like some of you guys mention, it tickles sometimes which reminds me to squeeze them if i forget..sometimes i get no discharges and other times the discharges come out like worms. i just think that my body is cleaning it self, but i am glad to see that many others have these holes.. i have three other daughters and none of them have any. i always thought i was unique,,,,,, still do,,,,,  


Cynthia wrote at 2015-05-05 23:08:36
I have the "hole" by my left ear.  I've had it since birth and my mom used to squeeze out the liquid using 2 Q-tips.  As far back as I can remember, mom has always drained my hole, so I must've complained about it or something when I was a kid.  I remember the drainage ranged from clear liquid to light-in-color/white'ish and pastey.   It has drained on/off over the years, but recently, the hole felt puffy/swollen.  I did my usual method of squeezing it with a tissue and finger, but nothing came out.  I was set on seeing a dr but the swelling since subsided and it seems to be draining out the last couple of days; the drainage is clear and less stinky than usual.  So weird.



My father had a hole on his left side; dad's hole drained also.  My son has one on his left side; his hole doesn't drain.  Go figure.



As far as superstitions, the Chinese doctors tell me I was a goddess and I was worshipped.  The "hole" represents where people inserted jost sticks and candles to honor/worship me (Chinese candles are molded to a stick so that it can be inserted into the ground during grave sweeping ceremonies).  The drainage is the melted "candle" excreting out.  


MotherOfThree wrote at 2015-06-07 16:21:55
I have one over my left year and I am the third child.  My Dad also has one and had gone to a doctor years ago and the doctor operated on it and sealed it up but then it swelled up and he was in so much pain...my Mom spent years making a small hole and draining It for him until finally a small hole formed again and it drains on its own.  After seeing his pain, I never want mine touched by a doctor even though I hate the smell of the discharge.  I have two brothers that have the same holes.  I also have two on my neck and I just found out that those are called Brachial Cleft Cysts...I don't consider them as birth defects...they just make us unique.


Stina24 wrote at 2015-06-27 04:37:31
Hello Fellow Travelers!

I also was born with holes on both sides of my ear. Preauricular sinus/Ear pits/holes/dimples is what they sometimes known as. As for what their purpose is I have yet to fully understand but I'm learning. The thing I do know is that our Creator has a purpose and plan for everything. Any gift from having these ear dimples is a gift from above. We should pray for knowledge, guidance and understanding on how and what we are supposed to use the/these gift/gifts. I am also an empath. I see things and feel things that others dont. I'm intuitive, can feel what others are feeling, and have always had this inner knowing that I am to help/serve others and also throughout life always felt different. Can anyone relate? With Our gifts comes respinsibilities. Any gift from our Lord is good. So our abilities should be used for good. But with this also comes bad times. We accept the good with the bad. It's part of the balance. Thank you for sharing ur experiences with me. We are here to learn from one another as fellow travelers of our lives. I wish everyone courage and above all LOVE on their journey.

         Sincerely,  

        Stina24  


buddy wrote at 2015-06-30 22:15:42
glad to hear im not the only one..im not the first born..and i too have a hole on both of my ears up the top near my temple..i truely believe that in its uniqueness it allows the release of presure from stress, knowledge,sickness, and life so that we may live a very long time.. its there for a reason god dosent make mistakes and who knows we may even have an ability that no other has..maybe even powers that only we can do or control.it needs to be researched more..but when the time is right it will show truely show its purpose..


Nads wrote at 2015-09-21 09:53:49
I, too, have had the hole at the top of my left ear since birth.  I am not the oldest child; however, I am the only one in my immediate family who has it.  When I was a child, my mother told me that almost everyone has one at birth, but they close up for most people... so not to worry about it.  And that's exactly what I did for 30 years.  One day about 15 years ago, it felt like intense pressure had built up in the hole so I squeezed it; and this dark, smelly, gunk came out.  I ended squeezing it on and off for several hours; and I would get little drops of the same stuff.   Eventually there was no more gunk  to secrete and the pressure was gone.  So for the last 15 years, whenever I feel the pressure build, I use my index fingers to give it a few squeezes until the gunk and the pressure are gone.  It's great to finally know what the whole and the gunk are and it totally makes sense that it is connected to my sinuses.  That explains the pressure connection. I will definitely clean it with peroxide.


Tala wrote at 2016-01-13 15:12:53
My family has no hole in the upper ear. But i am only one who have it. And it seems scary at first time. But, i found out that i am not only one who have it. Until my brother get married and he has daughter, his daughter has the same hole what i had. And one of my friend have either. It's quite weird but i think it's natural for being unique, well its just bad because there is nasty smell.  


kay wrote at 2016-07-21 23:37:35
hey guys. so my preauricular pit (on the right) is currently swollen. it's been so for a  few days. this is the fourth time for me. I would usually just go straight to the doc and get a quick incision and drain procedure but this time I stumbled across something.

the night before I was going to go to the doc, I took some panadol for the pain. the next morning the swelling had gone down just a little. so now I guess I"m using myself as a guinea pig to see how over the counter medicine would work. I've been taking panadol now for 3 days, everyday it goes down just a little. I'm going to try to give it a few more days to see what happens. I"ve also been rubbing tea tree oil on it and last night my mom suggested neosporin. I'm thinking if I caught it early with the panadol it might have worked. I hope this helps someone. :-)  


ROSE wrote at 2016-08-23 20:25:26
I am a 62 year old woman and I was born with a small hole in the middle of my chest.  I have a set of twin brothers and the oldest has a hole behind his ear.  I am the 6th child out of 12. And my twin brothers is the 9th child.  Both of us have white pus that comes out.  


Loria wrote at 2016-08-27 00:53:08
I have a whole above each ear.  The fluid that comes out (only if I squeeze it)  has always had a strange smell. I just found out 2 weeks ago what it's called. I used to go in them with the back of an earring because they would itch. I stopped that because the right side would hurt like crazy afterwards.  It felt good though.  


Kelly wrote at 2016-10-25 14:22:50
I'm 50 years old and was born with one of these sinuses at the top of each ear. My father and brother both have one on the right side, one of my father's sisters had two like me; clearly a genetic issue. Since I was little one of them was far more "active" than the other, frequently filling up with puss and often draining if I didn't expel it first. When I was 4 my mother sought medical help to get rid of it and apparently what they told her scared her so she figured I would just have to live with it. It was embarrassing but I realized that what I eat affected it, the more sugar, the more frequent the puss. It wasn't until I was 40 that I met a woman who said she had the same thing but had surgery to close them and it was the best thing she ever did. I immediately looked into it, talked to a doctor and had the surgery. The first time it was done by an ENT doctor (don't settle for this, see a plastic surgeion), he actually didn't remove it and instead made it worse. A second opinion recommended that I see a plastic surgeon. Best thing I ever did. It was removed and closed nine years ago, only wish I had just gone ahead and had them both done. Now that the left one has become active I have already made my appointment with the plastic surgeon to have it removed. I am rarely in favor of surgery as a solution to problems that can be resolved without it, but there is no reason to live with this if you don't want to. It could have saved me years of 30+ years of embarrassment.


BaitedAphrodite wrote at 2016-11-19 22:47:58
I have a feeling this thread is going to get many more hits as Facebook was sharing a link from Texh Insider about these holes! The article says we have all evolved from FISH!! http://www.businessinsider.com/preauricular-sinus-small-hole-above-ear-2016-11?u



Anyways like all of you, I have the hole! My "releases" seem to be less frequent now that I'm an adult - they seem to be annually now for awhile! I'm beginning to see a pattern now that one poster mentioned eating junk food! Halloween Candy is my poison and it's this time of year I release - I'm wondering of the poster is onto something? It's like an emergency hatch door that our bodies flush the toxins (hence the smell) before they reach our brain?



Again, many embarrassing moments and I'll never forget the day I met someone else with a hole! Who would have thought there is an entire species of us! A defective piece of creation in a sense! No wonder we are so special! I think it would be great to organize a conference or gathering of ear holers (as one poster references) See if we can stink up the hotel or create some crazy energy or worm hole to another dimension!



Am I nuts? Lol



Thank Gid for the Internet!  


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