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Just noticed my ragdoll (nearly a year old) has two little

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Just noticed my ragdoll (nearly a year old) has two little bumps inside of his left ear, and another two just outside of his ear on his temple. He is very pale and the little bumps are reddish against his pale pink skin.
It looks like an irritation, and as he has obviously been scratching, he has caused a little surface damage also.
Was hoping to post a photo on here to get some help and put our minds at ease?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Rebecca replied 1 year ago.
Hello,
I am sorry to hear you are worried about Max. I am a veterinarian and will do my best to help.
A picture would help if you can post one.
How long have the bumps been there?
How small are they? Pinhead? Larger?
Bumps can be from an allergic reaction, skin infection, fleas, or scratching at an ear infection. If I could, I would look into his ear with a scope (you only see about 1/3 of the ear canal without a scope), use a very fine comb to look for fleas or flea dirt, and if the bumps are large enough I might tap one with a needle to get some cells to look at under the microscope.
You could try applying an ointment containing cortisone, such as Cortaid or Cortizone 10 to the bumps if they are itchy once or twice daily.
Let me know what other questions you have. Rebecca
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
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Customer: replied 1 year ago.

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Hope these photos work!
We only noticed the bumps yesterday and already they seem to have spread somewhat. They don't look too bad compared to some other photos I have seen online of what I presume are 'hot spots' (???).
The bumps are larger than pinhead, and look a tad yellow-centred. Faintly.
He is an indoor cat if that helps!
Expert:  Rebecca replied 1 year ago.
Thanks for the great picture. That helps.
These could be insect bites or an allergic reaction to something.
The topical ointments I mentioned before may clear these up. His ear looks pretty clean in the picture, but you can never be 100% sure withou looking in there with an otoscope.
I would not call this a hotspot, too small, but the treatment for a hot spot is the cortisone ointments I mentioned before.
Expert:  Rebecca replied 1 year ago.
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Expert:  Rebecca replied 1 year ago.
Mark,
How is Max doing?
Rebecca
Expert:  Rebecca replied 1 year ago.
Thanks for the great rating. How is he doing?
Rebecca