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I have a pain in my ear on the cartridge right above my ear lobe. I also have shoulder pain on the same side. What could this be?

I have a pain in my ear on the cartridge right above my ear lobe. I also have shoulder pain on the same side. What could this be?

TMJ-TMD: TMJ disorder is the second most frequent cause of orofacial pain after dental pain. The common symptom are: headache, jaw pain, neck pain, eye pain, earache. Proper diagnosis is the key for the successful treatment. This disorder will not resolve on its own with home care. Rec.: orofacial pain specialist for evaluation and treatment or ENT to rule out ear pathology. ...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


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Woke up to stinging pain on my outter ear just above ear lobe. Worst pain I have ever felt and my ear was very red. Felt as if I got stung or bit?

Woke up to stinging pain on my outter ear just above ear lobe. Worst pain I have ever felt and my ear was very red. Felt as if I got stung or bit?

Likely stung or bit: 21y/o Female says, Woke up to stinging pain on my outer ear just above ear lobe. Worst pain I have ever felt and my ear was very red. Felt as if I got stung or bit? Likely you were indeed stung or bitten. Best precaution is to go to ER or see one's PCP asap for evaluation and appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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Why causes a left ear lobe to hurt?

Why causes a left ear lobe to hurt?

Something not on RT.: Don' have a clue, except if it's only on the left something on the left is causing it to hurt. ...Read more

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Ear lobe swollen don't wear earrings what can it be? Should I be worried? What can cause it?

Ear lobe swollen don't wear earrings what can it be? Should I be worried? What can cause it?

Infection: Sometimes cysts, infections, keloids can develop in ears. A doctor would have to see your ear or in person to be more accurate. Good luck and please see your doctor for more answers. ...Read more

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What causes rash around the ear lobes babies?

What causes rash around the ear lobes babies?

Possible eczema: Eczema usually starts behind the crease of the earlobe and then to the earlobe. Other rashes are possible. It's hard to diagnose rash without seeing patient. ...Read more

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I have pain in both ear lobes what causes this?

I have pain in both ear lobes what causes this?

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

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I like to "crack" my ears by pulling on my lobes. Is this bad? What causes the "cracking"?

I like to "crack" my ears by pulling on my lobes. Is this bad? What causes the "cracking"?

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

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Please help! What is the cause of appearance of fused ear lobes in some persons against the progression of evolution?

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

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What causes fast aching pain in ear lobe?

Infection: The only thing that causes pain in the ear lobe is an infection. As the ear lobe is just skin and connective tissue, mostly fat, there isn't much that can go wrong other than infection. ...Read more

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What causes my left ear lobe to burn?

What causes my left ear lobe to burn?

Chondritis: If your ear looks normal or just somewhat red and burns intermittently then this might be chondritis (inflammation of your ear cartilage). You might benefit from a visit to your ent. ...Read more

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What causes itchy white bumps behind ear lobes? I can pop them and the white stuff comes out.

What causes itchy white bumps behind ear lobes? I can pop them and the white stuff comes out.

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

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What can cause a cold sore on your ear lobe?

Herpes virus: The herpes virus is always the cause of cold sores. It is mistakenly assumed that cold sores only occur on the mouth or nose, but they can occur anywhere. ...Read more

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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.?

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

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Hard immobile painful lymph node in back of head above hair line and another right behind ear lobe. Both are painful. Possible causes?

Hard immobile painful lymph node in back of head above hair line and another right behind ear lobe. Both are painful. Possible causes?

Inflammation: Inflammation and or infection can cause painful lymph nodes. Should consult physician for possible antibiotic therapy. If further characterization of nodes necessary ultrasound is useful tool. ...Read more

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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

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My 2 yr old woke up with swollen, red, warm upper ear lobe with no pain. Any ideas on cause and treatment?

My 2 yr old woke up with swollen, red, warm upper ear lobe with no pain. Any ideas on cause and treatment?

Insect bite: It is possible it is due to an insect bite, it would be wise to check the entire body for similar lesions. Consider possible " bed bug bite"
You my use hydrocortisone, but visit your pediatrician. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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?

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

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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

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

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I have a knot on my head. What could cause this? Noticed it doubled its sized yesterday. & now I have another one above my ear. Should I go to hospita

I have a knot on my head. What could cause this? Noticed it doubled its sized yesterday. & now I have another one above my ear. Should I go to hospita

Blocked gland: A sebaceous cyst is a collection of oily fluid that occurs when an oil gland is blocked. Some folks are more prone to them than other and they often appear on the neck, shoulders, and back. Try to avoid skin products that are oily. I would also stay away from transfats and bad oils, which is good for overall health. Saunas and sweating may help a bit although I don't of data. See doc for Dx. ...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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Been having twitching, right side of head above ear, been noticing it everyday, cause for concern?

Been having twitching, right side of head above ear, been noticing it everyday, cause for concern?

No: This is something called a benign fasciculation (twitch). These are harmless though irritating and can be brought on by fatigue or anxiety, though more often than not, they occur spontaneously - "out of the blue". They generally come and go and can show up in various parts of the body, e.g. eyelid, thigh, calf. ...Read more

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Dr please tel me an object hit above ear [not cut but budge little] it may cause any damage to eye nurve[optic nurve?

Dr please tel me an object hit above ear [not cut but budge little] it may cause any damage to eye nurve[optic nurve?

Not typically: Unusual in the absence of major trauma. Blunt trauma just above the brow of the eye can cause damage to the optic nerve (traumatic optic neuropathy). ...Read more

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I'm gettting a bad spasm in the temporalis muscle above my ear. What could cause this? It's keeping me awake at night

I'm gettting a bad spasm in the temporalis muscle above my ear. What could cause this? It's keeping me awake at night

How old are you: There is a blood vessel in the temporalis muscle caled the temporal artery. It can get inflammed wiht what we call temporal arteritis. This can be very serious and you need to conact your physician. This usually occurs when we are older. It this is not the case you need to evaauted to see the cause of this. If itis you may need a temporal artery biopsy to help decide therapy. ...Read more

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Been getting a pain, more like an ache cause its not a sharp pain, about an inch down from my right temple, above ear. Comes and goes. What could it b

TMJ: Your pain might be related to several different factors. Grinding or clenching your teeth, day or night, could cause muscle spasm. Avoiding chewing gum, using moist heat and otc pain meds can provide relief. It could also be caused by a problem in your neck. Posture issues such as working at a computer a lot can cause neck and shoulder muscle spasms causing trigger points. See a dentist or pt. ...Read more

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What can cause a small hole above my ear canal that oozes discharge when I press on it?

Inclusion cyst: The discharge is keratin, which smells like that because of a high sulfur content. It will probably self-cure or a surgeon can remove it. ...Read more