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What normal flora are found on the outer ear?

What normal flora are found on the outer ear?

Skin flora: It's the same as anywhere else on the skin. There are a number of bacteria. The most common are staph epidermidis and other staph species. Strep mitis is frequent and strep pyogenes is less common. Priopionobacterium is common as is acintobacter. There are others that are not as frequent. Fungal growth from candida is also very common and there are other fungi to a lesser degree. ...Read more

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What causes little bumps behind a childs ear?

What causes little bumps behind a childs ear?

Lymph node swelling: Our immune system includes a number of way stations where immune cells (lymphocytes and others) congregate and fight infection. These are called lymph nodes. The ones located behind the ears ("posterior auricular") can enlarge during a viral infection, or from inflammation involving the outer ear or scalp, as in swimmer's ear or seborrhea of the scalp. Malignancy would be a rare cause. ...Read more

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What does bump behind ear mean?

What does bump behind ear mean?

Bump behind ear: Hello, the bump behind your ear could be the normal mastoid process which is prominent behind our ear or a lymph node. I have seen nodes behind the ear that needed excision. See your doctor for a recommendation. ...Read more

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How do I stop an itchy outer ear?

How do I stop an itchy outer ear?

Itchy outer ear: Hello. Using cold compresses to the ear will immediately help to reduce ear itching and redness. Using a steroid cream on a 2x/day for no longer than 14 days will help to resolve the itching. Also a medication like Benadryl (diphenhydramine) will resolve the itching rather quickly. ...Read more

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Painful bumps inside my ears, what is this?

Painful bumps inside my ears, what is this?

Many possibilities: Bumps under the skin could be as a result of different reasons of which could include an ingrown hair, acne, abscess, or an allergic reaction to various things like detergents or soaps or to medications. Have it evaluated by your physician to get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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What's the purpose of the outer ear auricle?

What's the purpose of the outer ear auricle?

Outer ear auricle: At one time in our development, the outer ear used to be as big as an elephant's auricle.
Only kidding.
The purpose of all of the structures of the outer ear are to funnel sound waves down the canal towards the eardrum.
A equally good question is why do we have ear wax to clutter the entire system up? ...Read more

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What can I do for extreme pain in outer ear?

Infection: Extreme pain can mean infection or inflammation. Is there swelling around the ear? You can try applying some ice and over the counter pain killers. If it has been on going for few hours, call your pcp. ...Read more

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Lately I'm experiencing frequent itchy outer ear?

Lately I'm experiencing frequent itchy outer ear?

Itchy ear: An itchy ear can have many causes. You may have dry skin, be reacting to something that's touching your ear or it could be a discrete skin condition like eczema or psoriasis. A fungal infection is also possible. I suggest that you see your doctor to examine your ear (s) to see if there are discrete lesions/ rash or color change noticeable. In the mean time, try not to scratch your ear. ...Read more

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What can I do/take for extreme pain in outer ear?

What can I do/take for extreme pain in outer ear?

See an ent doctor: If the pain is that extreme see a doctor to find tjhe cause and treat it properly. ...Read more

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I have these hard bumps on the side of my face by ear what is it?

I have these hard bumps on the side of my face by ear what is it?

Parotid?: If these bumps are hard and are in front of the ear, they may be arising from the parotid gland. This is the gland that secretes thin fluid into the mouth. I would advise that you see a head and neck surgeon for an appropriate diagnosis. ...Read more

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My son has white bumps on his ears that itch. What could this be?

Might be hives: Unless there is a direct exposure of something to his ears that is causing them to react, this is likely hives due to allergy, virus, or a sensitivity. ...Read more

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White bump inside of ear. Has been there for about a month. No pain?

White bump inside of ear. Has been there for about a month. No pain?

See your doctor: Could be a cyst, a plugged oil gland, infection, etc. Can't tell without seeing it. Have your doc check it out. Good luck! ...Read more

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White and dry patch on face and ears with tiny bumps on my 3 year old son.

White and dry patch on face and ears with tiny bumps on my 3 year old son.

Dry patch on face: Several things come to mind. He might need more omega 3 fatty acids in his diet or supplements. It might be a patch of fungal infection. It could also be representative of a food sensitivity. It wouldn't hurt to stop gluten and dairy for a month and see if that helps. ...Read more

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Small soft bump near back ear but doesn't hurt touch it only like headache pain, what is this?

Small soft bump near back ear but doesn't hurt touch it only like headache pain, what is this?

Head bump: How long has it been there? Is it pulsating (popping)? Do you have any cold symptoms? Sometimes you can have swollen lymph nodes behind your ears with upper respiratory infection. ...Read more

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I have a.Problem with my ear. There is like a bump near my crease between my ear and head. It doesn't hurt at all.

I have a.Problem with my ear. There is like a bump near my crease between my ear and head. It doesn't hurt at all.

Possibly darwin bump: Some people have a small bump on the inside of their upper ear. This is known as "darwin's tubercle, " or "darwin's bump, " because charles darwin mentioned it in his book. Genetics determines it presence. It is present from birth if not this, then not sure from description. Physician could tell you by physical exam. ...Read more

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I have a small bump on the back of my head, by my ear. It's not painful, nor does it move. Should I be concerned?

I have a small bump on the back of my head, by my ear. It's not painful, nor does it move. Should I be concerned?

Doctor can examine: Bumps are hard to figure out without an exam. Sometimes, they appear and disappear for unknown reasons. Bumps may be ok if there is no pain, oozing, bleeding, itching, etc... Otherwise, the causes may be irritant or allergic (something touched the area), or may be from blocked pores, blocked glands, irritated follicles, etc... A doctor can look at the bumps to help get a diagnosis. ...Read more

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Yes, I have a bump on the side of my head right next to my ear and I could feel it hurting in my head. It comes and goes a lot?

Yes, I have a bump on the side of my head right next to my ear and I could feel it hurting in my head. It comes and goes a lot?

Inflamed lymphnode?: That is probably a lymph node. They will swell up with any breach of the skin on the scalp or infected hair follicle near it's drainage area. ...Read more

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I have a few tiny bumps behind each of my ears. They aren't painful and don't itch but they've been there for at least a few days. What are they?

I have a few tiny bumps behind each of my ears. They aren't painful and don't itch but they've been there for at least a few days. What are they?

Lymph node.: Those sounds like post-auricular lymph nodes, which could enlarge in response to an ear or sinus infection. If they eventually go away completely, say in two to four weeks, then there's no cause for concern, especially if you have symptoms of said infections. If they do not go away, you may want to have them looked at - sometimes we need to take these out for definitive diagnosis if they linger. ...Read more

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My skin is red and splotchy on my cheeks and ears with little bumps. My skin care regimen didn't change. I just woke up like this one morning.?

My skin is red and splotchy on my cheeks and ears with little bumps. My skin care regimen didn't change. I just woke up like this one morning.?

Could be viral: There are viral illnesses that present with the rash you are describing. It also may be a reaction to another product that you are using that is not directly applied to the face. Once our body becomes sensitized (sensitive) you can react almost anywhere on the body. ...Read more

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I have small groups of bumps everywhere. In the center of them it looks like it busted open and dried up. They're literally everywhere like my ear too?

I have small groups of bumps everywhere. In the center of them it looks like it busted open and dried up. They're literally everywhere like my ear too?

Need to see the rash: This forum does not allow for diagnosis. You will need to schedule a consultation with a clinician for a full evaluation and physical examination to get a diagnosis and treatment plan. Best wishes. ...Read more