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My 18 months old daughter has painful tender red swelling behind her rt ear lobe. Kindly tell me causes n treatment?

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

Dr. David Schleimer
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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more


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Can you tell me if my ear lobe is swollen but doesn't hurt when i touch it does that mean the swelling might go down?

Can you tell me if my ear lobe is swollen but doesn't hurt when i touch it does that mean the swelling might go down?

Depends: Hi
It depends on the cause of the swelling. Usually swelling that occurs from trauma or bug bites will go away on its own with time. ...Read more

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Squeezed a pimple in my ear lobe and now it is swelling what can I do?

Squeezed a pimple in my ear lobe and now it is swelling what can I do?

Try ice: It may be the start of an infection and you may need a course of antibiotics. If it hurts, is hot, pus is draining seek the guidance of a physician. ...Read more

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I got my ear lobes pierced three weeks ago. But, in the past few days I had significant swelling and redness of my ear lobes. No discharge or pain?

I got my ear lobes pierced three weeks ago. But, in the past few days I had significant swelling and redness of my ear lobes. No discharge or pain?

Inflammation/trauma: Take ibuprofen for now and see doctor if redness swelling doesn't subside in 2-3 days to rule out infection, which may require antibiotic. Good kuck ...Read more

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Diagnosed infected node under ear lobe on neck. Been takng bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) 4 2 days. Swelling still spreadin face&dwn neck. How long 4 meds to wrk? Or concern?

Probably concern: The rule of thumb for any antibiotic to work is 72 hours. In your case it's been less than that, however, the fact the disease is getting worse is a red flag. Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) may not be a right choice for a swollen lymph node. It is a good choice for a skin infection, but yours appears to be related to the lymph node. I'd call the prescribing physician and report your symptoms. ...Read more

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Experienced pressure where I had brain surgery on right temporal lobe and behind ears and bumps behind ears swelling up the ride sode of neck. Ideas?

Experienced pressure where I had brain surgery on right temporal lobe and behind ears and bumps behind ears swelling up the ride sode of neck. Ideas?

Consultation advised: Medicine is far to complicated to try to give medical
advice based on one sentence of information. You may find an online consultation at Health Tap helpful. Voice, video or an INBOX Text consult are best. A text chat is least desirable if you have a complicated question as it's too slow to get an adequate history. The INBOX Text consult requires you to be available to reply to questions. ...Read more

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My 3 year old daughter woke up complaining, her ear hurts. I looked at it and the top of her lobe is reddened and she has a hard bump behind her ear. There is no fever present, or any signs of a cold, and no swelling of the ear. I want to wait to take he

My 3 year old daughter woke up complaining, her ear hurts. I looked at it and the top of her lobe is reddened and she has a hard bump behind her ear. There is no fever present, or any signs of a cold, and no swelling of the ear. I want to wait to take he

Likely bug bite: This is something you can safely monitor for a few days to see if it resolves on its own. A dose of diphenhydramine (Benedryl) may help with the redness and any itching involved. A cool compress can also help with the discomfort. ...Read more

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My son had a syncopal episode with a concussion. He had major swelling on the top of his head (parietal lobe). He cannot smell/taste. Will it return?

My son had a syncopal episode with a concussion. He had major swelling on the top of his head (parietal lobe). He cannot smell/taste. Will it return?

Should improve: If this was a concussion and there was no fracture of the cribiform plate, the loss of smell and taste is not uncommon nor is it unusual. This has a good chance of improving over time. It may take 6-12 weeks. ...Read more

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Causes of pain and swelling along jawline under the ear?

Causes of pain and swelling along jawline under the ear?

Parotid gland?: Pain and swelling along the jawline and below the ear sounds to me like it could be due to the parotid salivary gland, which is right there. Could be many things wrong with the gland, from infection to sjogren's syndrome to a salivary gland stone. If it's due to the gland, it'll probably be worse right after you eat, since that's when the gland is stimulated to contract and release saliva. ...Read more

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Anyone know what causes painful swelling under the ear?

Anyone know what causes painful swelling under the ear?

Lots of reasons: Many things can cause this — enlarged and painful lymph nodes in the neck, TMJ can cause this. ...Read more

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How to reduce ear swelling cause by piercing?

How to reduce ear swelling cause by piercing?

Depends on the cause: If tender and red, occuring soon after piercing, it could represent infection: should be treated with antibiotics and perhaps will require removal of the earring. If late, nontender and firm, may be a keloid, which requires different sorts of treatment: excision, steroid injection, pressure, low dose radiation. ...Read more

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Can anyone tell me what causes swelling in ear canal?

Can anyone tell me what causes swelling in ear canal?

Allergy or infection: Do not mess with it some infection in ear canal could be serious it could be a small abscess from infected cyst
it could be an infected hair follicles from scratching and using q tip aggressively
could be a simple allergic reaction
use a head par on the ear and take Benadryl
see your doctor and he can help ...Read more

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Please tell me, could a spider bite near my ear cause swelling in mu ear?

Please tell me, could a spider bite near my ear cause swelling in mu ear?

Potentially: Depends on the type of spider & the proximity to the ear. ...Read more

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What would cause a swelling right behind my right ear at the base of the ear?

What would cause a swelling right behind my right ear at the base of the ear?

Sebaceous cyst: That anatomical area is very common for sebaceous cyst. A sudden swelling may indicate infection. See your doctor for possible antibiotic treatment. Definitive treatment may require surgical excision of the entire cyst. ...Read more

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Can lack if sleep and a lot of alcohol cause lyph node swelling behind ears?

Can lack if sleep and a lot of alcohol cause lyph node swelling behind ears?

No: Sleep or lack thereof and alcohol have nothing to do with lymph nodes there. However, I see you are on antibiotics after a tooth extraction which must have also been infected. This infection is certainly the cause of the swollen nodes. If these nodes do not improve as the dental infection does then you need to followup for evaluation. ...Read more

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Cause of swelling below ear along right side jawline almost to chin? Feels full of fluid. Could this cause pinched feeling under same side of tongue?

Cause of swelling below ear along right side jawline almost to chin? Feels full of fluid. Could this cause pinched feeling under same side of tongue?

Go to a doctor: The swelling could be secondary to an infection like an abscess or effusion. Pus can extend to potential fascial spaces in the head and neck. Can develop into life threatening situation. ...Read more

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What causes tenderness and swelling on head above ear?

What causes tenderness and swelling on head above ear?

Head swelling: The only things I can think of would be trauma and infection. Any history of insect bites? I would apply ice, but if that doesn't help, see a doctor. ...Read more

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What can cause a lump/swelling on the ear cartilage?

What can cause a lump/swelling on the ear cartilage?

Trauma: The most common cause for lumps on the ear cartilage is trauma. A piercing or a hit to the ear can cause lumps in and around the cartilage. Under the ear skin is an unusual location for tumors, but the skin of the ear is a common site for skin cancer. Infection can also cause a lump, but most common infections are associated with pain and redness too. If the area is enlarging, seek medical care. ...Read more

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Age24f,A painless swelling behind the ear over the bone,no pus, just hard swelling, no pain. What could be the cause of this?

Age24f,A painless swelling behind the ear over the bone,no pus, just hard swelling, no pain. What could be the cause of this?

Need more informatio: There are many possibilities but infection and growth both have to be considered along with examination of the ears, nose, throat and possibly imaging with CT scan, etc. An Ear, nose, throat expert should be consulted. ...Read more

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My mother has swelling on her lift side adjucent to ear. Plz tell me what may be the possible cause and remedy and precautions.?

See the doctor: Swelling in that location can be from several sources depending on whether it's in front of or behind the ear including lymph nodes, parotid gland, and mastoiditis. She needs to be evaluated by her doctor. ...Read more

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I have ear fullness feeling and little swelling gland at jaw since 20 days and now swelling gland will normal only I have itchy in ear what is cause?

I have ear fullness feeling and little swelling gland at jaw since 20 days and now swelling gland will normal only I have itchy in ear what is cause?

Is it the ear?: Palpate the swelling and open and close your mouth. If it is the jaw joint you will feel it move when you open and close. Sometimes the TMJ can give ear symptoms like fullness. I would have an ENT check it out first to be sure there are no medical problems. If not, then check with a dentist who conservatively treat TMJ issues to see if that is a possible cause. ...Read more

Lobe (Definition)

1. A rounded projection, especially a rounded, projecting anatomical part. (for example, the lobe of an ear) 2. A subdivision of a bodily organ or part bounded by fissures, connective tissue, or other structural boundaries. (for example, a ...Read more