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A 39-year-old member asked:

Could it be something bad if i have ear swelling?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. John Leander Po
Infectious Disease 19 years experience
Maybe- call your Doc: Have your doctor check it out- 1. Pulling on the ear lobe may trigger pain that could represent an outer ear infection (otitis externa) which may require antibiotic/steriod drops and possibly, antibiotics by mouth. 3.If the ear is tender and bright red, it may also represent an uncommon condition called relapsing polychondritis (treatable). 4.A skin infection is possible (treatable).
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Dr. Anna Meyer
Dr. Anna Meyer commented
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 20 years experience
Ear swelling should be seen by your primary care doctor or an ENT, as it fairly likely it will need some treatment
Feb 15, 2012
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 28 years experience
Unlikely: Ear swelling is not very common... But most likely related to otitis externa - outer ear infection.
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Last updated Jul 9, 2020

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