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what can i do for a swollen ear canal

A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luis Villaplana
34 years experience Internal Medicine
Diagnosis: You should have it looked at. Simple drops to antibiotics by mouth may be indicated but have it taken a look at please.

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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alexander Gorup
28 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Possible infection: May be symptom of infection. Should have it checked out by a doctor.
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Franklyn Gergits
28 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Ear lump: Greetings. The ear canal has contours inside that are unique to each individual. Other reactive changes could occur from wax buildup, cyst formation o ... Read More
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
36 years experience Family Medicine
See your doctor: This problem can only be solved by seeing your doctor and being evaluated face-to-face. After a thorough examination, your doctor should be able to t ... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Anifat Balogun
28 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Ear Infection: You can take tylenol (acetaminophen) or Ibuprofen to help with pain. Take whatever oral or topical antibiotics that your provider prescribed for the r ... Read More
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Doyon
35 years experience Cosmetic Dentistry
Call doctor: Call your physician to get an appointment to get your ear looked at, then appropriate medication can be prescribed.
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harold Kim
27 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Find out why: Treatment depends on cause. It can be wax filling your ear canal, it can be fluid behind your ear drum. This needs to be ascertained by somebody looki ... Read More
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ernest Bordini
31 years experience Clinical Psychology
See a doc: This can be very painful. Seeing a doctor for assessment and possible treatment antibiotics or steroids would be the best thing to do in such a case ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Mann
29 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Throat pain: Drink plenty fluids gargle warm salt water eat popsicles or sherbert chloraseptic spray aspergum cough drops tylenol or ibuprofen see doctor ... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Wolfe
22 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Plugged : Plugged ears after a cold is very common. This may be due to swelling of the eustachian tube so that the ear cannot equalize pressure or from direct ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ryan Stanton
17 years experience Emergency Medicine
Get it treated: You need to get it treated. The traditional method is antibiotics, but if you can get the inner ear to drain, then it will resolve on its own in most ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. (Liz)Phuong Tran
34 years experience Family Medicine
Depends: It is depend on evaluation.You may have irritation or infection.You need evaluation.
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Susan Arnoult
24 years experience Family Medicine
See doctor: Usually once an abscess drains the pain is relieved. If you still have the pain you may need an antibiotic to clear the rest of the infection.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Time for visit: This can mean an active middle ear infection with a perforation of the ear drum or just a significant canal infection.Treatment would differ based on ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harold Kim
27 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Depends on the type: If you have an ear infection of your ear canal like a swimmer's ear, you need the debris removed and receive antibiotic ear drops. If the infection is ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Yes: Although some of the these symptoms might be related to viral infection it is very important that the nipple be evaluated. Signs of infection can inc ... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Mary David
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Infection: Lymph nodes swell when they are fighting off an infection. You need to identify and treat the underlying infection and the node should go down. See yo ... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ronda Dennis-Smithart
Specializes in Pediatrics
Something else?: Most ear infections are improving within 24-48hr of treatment initiation. Most people have distinct ear pain, which would be different than a headach ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Mangoni
44 years experience Pediatrics
Ear infections: In general, I would normally tell a patient to see there doctor to treat ear infections if there is pain and hearing will eventually return if treated ... Read More
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. M. Jay Petruska
31 years experience Family Medicine
Ruptured Ear Drum: The only way to know for sure is to see your primary care physician and have them look in your ear.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anthony LaBarbera
27 years experience Pediatrics
See below: You can try controlling the pain for 3 days. Most ear infections will resolve on their own in that time frame. After 3 days, if you still have symptom ... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Guy DaSilva
34 years experience Preventive Medicine
Antihistamine: Typically this is caused by allergies and release of histamine and thus the itch. An antihistamine can releive this problem but of course getting rid ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Common for ear infct: During a middle ear infection the ear space fills with fluid and suppresses the hearing in the affected ear by ~ 40 decibells. This may continue for 3 ... Read More
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