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I have a hard, small knot on the back my ear lobe. Feels like a little ball. Very painful. What could it be?

I have a hard, small knot on the back my ear lobe. Feels like a little ball. Very painful. What could it be?

?cyst?: It may be a cyst. If it becomes red, hot, swollen with enlarged lymph nodes and more tender it may have become infected. In that case seek med eval. ...Read more

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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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On my ear lobe on the back of it I have a small/ hard lump on it. It's actually on the lobe. Very painful to the touch. What could it be?

Skin cyst: This lump is probably an inflamed or infected skin cyst, or sweat or oil glad. If this was a pierced area then it might be infected cyst. Try applying warm compresses. If it spreads to involve the rest of the ear especially the cartilage part then seel medical care. ...Read more

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Can TMJ cause ear pain. Soreness under ear and a little discomfort in front of ear. Ear pain is a deep ache. Jaw opens crooked and pops. Comes & goes.

Can TMJ cause ear pain. Soreness under ear and a little discomfort in front of ear. Ear pain is a deep ache. Jaw opens crooked and pops. Comes & goes.

TMJ ear pain: What you are describing is very suggestive of TMJ inflammation especially if you have malocclusion ( teeth don't fit properly). You can take Ibuprofen for the pain, avoid chewing gum, avoid straining the jaw by yawning. You will likely need a dental split or appliance prescribed or created for you by your dentist to minimize the joints hypermobility. You should see your dentist soon. ...Read more

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Can TMJ cause itchy achy deep ear pain? I have ear pain when swallowing, jaw clicks, sore under ear and neck. Dr says jaw opens crooked. It's annoying

Can TMJ cause itchy achy deep ear pain? I have ear pain when swallowing, jaw clicks, sore under ear and neck. Dr says jaw opens crooked. It's annoying

TMJ plus: All are symptoms of TMJ expect itchy ear. You may also have external otitis (swimmers ear). See ENT doc for ears. O/W see TMJ espert. Any dentist can be a TMJ expert with the proper training and experience. Most commonly, oral surgeons, prosthodontists, and orofacial pain specialists. Ask your MD, your dentist and your dental society for referrals. ...Read more

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TMD dx. Ear pain, sore muscle down front of neck, popping jaw. Can this cause lower jaw pain next to molars under tongue? Cold fluid causes ear pain?

TMD dx. Ear pain, sore muscle down front of neck, popping jaw. Can this cause lower jaw pain next to molars under tongue? Cold fluid causes ear pain?

Pain and dysfunction: If the tmj/tmd issues last for awhile, some symptoms can affect the ear (s) in many ways. You may develop ringing in the ears; earaches, popping-grating-clicking that is heard constantly in the ears; roaring muffled sounds; hearing loss; on and on. It is better to see an ENT first if you have ear symptoms to rule out it being the ears as the source of the problem. ...Read more

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TMJ diagnosis can it caused ear pain when swallowing? Sore under ear, temple, front neck muscle and ear pain when eating & swallowing. Jaw clicks too. :(

TMJ: These are all symptoms of TMJ dysfunction. Most TMJ dysfunction is caused by bruxism (chronic teeth grinding and/or clenching), or a bad bite. Make an appointment with your dentist or a dentist who treats TMJ dysfunction for an examination. You might also want to see an ENT specialist to rule out any ear or head and neck infections. ...Read more

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I experience some sharp ear pain when i yawn or open my mouth. what could be the causes of this? probable TMJ.

I experience some sharp ear pain when i yawn or open my mouth. what could be the causes of this? probable TMJ.

Yes: It sounds like a TMD\TMJoint issue. An evaluation to determine the cause and early intervention with appropriate treatment, if necessary, will prevent more serious problems over time. ...Read more

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