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A 20-year-old female asked:

i hit my ear, it's bruised around inside lining & swollen & got a lump behind the ear. my ear feels stiff and hurts. how long will that take to heal?

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Dr. Kevin Carr
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
A week or so...: The skin of the ear is well-supplied with blood vessels, while the inner cartilage is not. This supply of blood vessels allows for good healing in general, with appropriate wound care. The bruise (which is blood staining the skin from within) may linger and can look worse before it looks better. If stiffness and pain persist, it is best to be evaluated by a physician.

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