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Causes Of Ear Lobe Pain
I have a knot in front of my earlobe that's been there for a few months. It's hard, moves a little, and causes bad ear pain. Lobe occasionally numb.?
Keloid?: This sounds like a keloid most likely. These most commonly develop following ear piercing or other trauma and are more common in darker skinned people. They can be removed by a dermatologist or other surgeon if large. If small injections with steroid can help decrease them in size and reduce pain. ...Read more
General check up: I will recommend a general check up with your PCP, he/she will conduct preliminary evaluation and refer you to specialist if need be. Your symptoms are non-specific and may or may not be serious. ...Read more
It's ok: You are changing the pressure in the ear canal. Just like shifting your jaw forward with your mouth open and sliding it side to side. ...Read more
Please help! What is the cause of appearance of fused ear lobes in some persons against the progression of evolution?
That's silly: Evolution doesn't proceed in any particular direction. This is such a basic misunderstanding that if you heard it from a biology instructor, you should report that individual to their supervisor. It's the natural tendency of living things to differ from one another, more or less randomly. Please, to be literate in the 21st century, get a good book to understand basic biology. ...Read more
Sebaceous cysts: Many people have these cysts, which develop in the earlobes and behind the ears. They are oily, containing sebum, and sometimes can get infected. If you're able to express and drain them on your own, I would not be too concerned. If you develop a large one or it becomes infected, then sometimes surgical removal is necessary. ...Read more
Hard immobile painful lymph node in back of head above hair line and another right behind ear lobe. Both are painful. Possible causes?
My 18 months old daughter has painful tender red swelling behind her rt ear lobe. Kindly tell me causes n treatment?
Likely infected: This could be a simple skin infection or an inflamed lymph node. In either case, an evaluation may be needed. In the short term you can apply moist heat to the area in the form of a heated compress several times a day. If it is a minor issue the body may heal itself. If it worsens it will need to be seen. ...Read more
My 2 yr old woke up with swollen, red, warm upper ear lobe with no pain. Any ideas on cause and treatment?
I think I have a swollen gland below my left ear lobe, right next to the top of my jaw. My ear burns also. Hurts to look up/down. How to treat? Cause?
Inflammation: Infection or more. This is something deep, affecting your ear and eye. This cannot wait, you need to see a doctor. ...Read more
I get some type of a zit on my ear lobe. It stays sore for a few days they appear to be beneath the skin and no head on them. What is the cause?
Cystic: This may be a cyst or if pierced ear lobes, it may be minor local infection that your body fights off and heals itself periodically, hence the "coming and going" of the area. Get eval when it is present, to get the official diagnosis. Best wishes. ...Read more
Can a shellfish allergy cause swelling of the lymph nodes in the neck? Left side under ear lobe/had a lot of shrimp?
Unlikely: It sounds like you may have contracted an infection in that region. ...Read more
Some clear fluid drained from my ears, Yday my right ear was blocked & I couldn't hear. Today I woke up with a sore lump in my ear lobe p. causes?
See your PCP: Some conditions like ear discharge, loss of hearing require further assessment and your PCP may schedule a follow-up appointment or refer you to an ENT specialist to determine a diagnosis. See your PCP first for evaluation and tests. ...Read more
Have pain by lower jaw and below ear lobe that's caused chronic neck and throat pain. Is this a bone or lymph node? It's bit swollen and been 6 months
See a doctor:
Swelling and pain for 6 months warrants a medical evaluation. No one online can give you a good answer.
Go and see a real life doctor - so they can examine you and come up with a plan for diagnosis. ...Read more
My 2 yr old woke up and has swollen, red, warm upper ear lobes. Doesn't seem to hurt. Any ideas on a cause and a treatment?
Possibly allergy: Since the redness and swelling involve both ear lobes, infection or cellulitis is less likely, unless there is reason to think otherwise. Allergy, possibly to something he consumed before going to bed or bug bites may cause such a reaction. If there are no bumps, and remains non tender without any systemic symptoms, I would try OTC anti allergy medicine and observe. ...Read more
What is the cause of my simple partial seizures? They started when I was 23 years old. I had no head trauma. Eeg showed sharp waves in frontal lobe.
Unknown: Since an eeg has been performed, its assumed that an MRI has also been performed and it too is normal. If not family history is present and no cause identified, it can be cryptogenic or idiopathic. That means we either don't know. Specialized imaging studies and genetic testing can be performed but not readily available and cost is a limiting factor. Good luck. Good thing is there is treatment. ...Read more
Old childhood head trauma. Possible cause for temporal lobe epilepsy? ADHD? Could Neurontin (gabapentin) help with ADHD symptoms, temporal lobe trauma?
Ear lobe repair: Many people get a split ear lobe from an ear ring getting pulled through. The process to repair the split earlobe is fairly simple. Most plastic surgeons or doctors who do surgery should be able to do the procedure under local anesthetic in their office. The earlobe is numbed up, the skin inside the split is removed and the ends are sutured back together. ...Read more
Most likely: Cause is infection. Try application of heat. If this does not work, show it to your doctor for accurate diagnosis and proper treatment. ...Read more
Can ear lobes be stretched by pulling on them? I know heavy earrings can stretch the lobes but can manual pulling stretch them?
If constant: Constant pulling would act as a weight, and would eventually stretch the lobe. So do not pull the lobes. ...Read more
Gentle washing: Some people tend to produce more oils from the skin. If you use a face wash for oily skin, you could also apply it when washing your face on the ear lobes to see if that can reduce some of the oil buildup. I would avoid getting it in your ear canal, but the outerside is okay. You could also use a washcloth to help remove the soap once you apply it. ...Read more