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My ear canal is red but not infected according to my doctor. Any idea of cause?

My ear canal is red but not infected according to my doctor. Any idea of cause?

Otitis externa: Most commonly bacterial infection, reaction to foreign materials in ear, allergy or trauma. Swimmer's ear is a classic cause and may be due to Pseudomonas infection. What does your doctor say its due to? If they are not sure then perhaps see an ENT specialist. Good luck. ...Read more

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#14, crowned. Root canaled, still sore. What's next? Ear canal sore, (family dr said e canal normal). Should i wait till infected again, v sore etc?

#14, crowned. Root canaled, still sore. What's next? Ear canal sore, (family dr said e canal normal). Should i wait till infected again, v sore etc?

Check the bite: If the root canal was properly done, and healed, then infection should not be present. If your new crown hits the lower teeth before your other teeth hit, or bumps into your lower teeth when you grind side to side; it could cause your symptoms. When you close and squeeze without food, is your tooth tender? If so a bite adjustment will help. ...Read more

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I have slight redness in ear canal, itchy in ear canal, slight dulled earing, slight pain in canal, blocks up with fluid when i wake up in the morning?

I have slight redness in ear canal, itchy in ear canal, slight dulled earing, slight pain in canal, blocks up with fluid when i wake up in the morning?

You have: Just described eustachian tube dysfunction fairly well. If otc antihistamines and decongestants, and smoking cessation don't improve your symptoms within a few days consult your doctor. Don't put anything in your ear canal unless instructed by your doctor. ...Read more

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Sore in ear canal that wont heal....be approx 8 months. Just crust over. tried clindamycin and didnt help. ENT dr didnt have any ideas....

Sore in ear canal that wont heal....be approx 8 months. Just crust over. tried clindamycin and didnt help. ENT dr didnt have any ideas....

See another doc: You need to have a better consult May need a biopsy. See a doc at a consult center such as at a referral center. It is not clear to me where in ear canal this is . Could be some type of fungal infection but need better information from your ear physician ...Read more

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I have an ear infection with swollen ear canal and sore jaw with signs of blood?

I have an ear infection with swollen ear canal and sore jaw with signs of blood?

Get treated: You appear to have an infection that is causing you some discomfort to say the least. See a dr, possibly an urgicare center is open at this time, and you can get the proper treatment you need. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Very sore throat that feels "itchy" (best word i can think to describe the scratchy pain). Same feeling deep in ear canal. Swollen glands under chin.

Very sore throat that feels "itchy" (best word i can think to describe the scratchy pain). Same  feeling deep in ear canal. Swollen glands under chin.

Please get a strep: Throat culture/ test. Antibiotics are imperative for strep throat. Try saltwater gargles. Mix tsp of salt in 8 oz of warm water – gargle w this several times/day. You can gargle w aloe vera juice a couple of times per day. A mix of chamomile tea w honey ; a small amt of lemon juice helps. ...Read more

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Sore and itchy throat, one of my inner ear canal hurting and itching, sneezing, coughing, and watery eyes.

Sore and itchy throat, one of my inner ear canal hurting and itching, sneezing, coughing, and watery eyes.

Allergies vs Cold: It sounds like you could have one of two things going on- a cold or allergies. Your symptoms are consistent with seasonal allergies, hitting you all at once, which is no fun. You might try an over the counter med like claritin, (loratadine) zyrtec, or Allegra to see if this helps. You may also need prescription medications to help control your symptoms. If it continues past 1-2 weeks, see your doctor. ...Read more

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I have a stuffy nose, sore throat, dry mouth and itchy ear canal. What could this be?

I have a stuffy nose, sore throat, dry mouth and itchy ear canal. What could this be?

Call doctor: Best to call doctor to have entire head checked, then appropriate treatment can be started to get you back to health. ...Read more

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My friend is concerned she might have cancer. She feels tired, neck hurts and swollen lymph nodes under jaw and neck and breast. One ear canal is inflamed and back of skull on one side is sore. Her sinuses are clear. Dry throat but not sore.

My friend is concerned she might have cancer. She feels tired, neck hurts and swollen lymph nodes under jaw and neck and breast. One ear canal is inflamed and back of skull on one side is sore. Her sinuses are clear. Dry throat but not sore.

?cancer: while what you have described above looks like an infection. Anyone who is concerned that they may have cancer should go to be seen by their doctor. even if its revealed to be an infection - its worth it for peace of mind ...Read more

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I left ear is muffled and the ear canal is red but clear of blockage, it is bothersome but not painful or swollen. What could be going on?

I left ear is muffled and the ear canal is red but clear of blockage, it is bothersome but not painful or swollen. What could be going on?

See your doctor: This problem can only be solved by seeing your doctor and being evaluated face-to-face. After a thorough examination, your doctor should be able to tell you what's wrong and what to do about it. ...Read more

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Have a feeling of stopped up ear and tender ear canal especially when I bite down?

Have a feeling of stopped up ear and tender ear canal especially when I bite down?

Be examined: You may have primary ear disease or the pain may be referred from surrounding structures such as your teeth or TMJ. Need to get it sorted out. All the best. ...Read more

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Itchy tender ear canal. Hydrogen peroxide burns it. Have this problem often, but worse this time. Never use cotton swabs or swim. How do I fix this?

Itchy tender ear canal. Hydrogen peroxide burns it. Have this problem often, but worse this time. Never use cotton swabs or swim. How do I fix this?

Otitis externa: It could be infected and may need antibiotic ear drops. In many cases, chronic otitis externa is an eczematous condition that responds to other ear drops that can be prescribed. See ENT. ...Read more

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pressure sensation in my ear for 5 days now. I could also hear my heartbeat. The pressure comes and goes, no pain at all I see redness on my ear canal

pressure sensation in my ear for 5 days now. I could also hear my heartbeat. The pressure comes and goes, no pain at all I see redness on my ear canal

It is likely you: have an ear canal infection causing your symptoms. It would be appropriate to be evaluated and treated before this progresses and becomes more serious. Make an appointment for evaluation as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Sharp pain behind and around ear lobe resulted in bells palsy. Little red in ear canal. Pain lasting for long periods especially laying down. 5 days?

Sharp pain behind and around ear lobe resulted in bells palsy. Little red in ear canal. Pain lasting for long periods especially laying down. 5 days?

Could be shingles: Varicella zoster, or shingles, can affect the ear canal and also affect the 7th cranial nerve causing bell's palsy. Have a dr look carefully into your ear canal to see if there are any rashes evident of shingles there. Good luck. ...Read more

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My ear canal is swelling, pain behind eye and down neck. Ear has spurts of pain and throbbing and it is red no additional detail

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My ear canal is swelling, pain behind eye and down neck.
Ear has spurts of pain and throbbing and it is red no additional detail

See ENT : Recommend see ear doctor as soon as possible. Might be outer ear infection but could be more serious such as mastoid infection or petrous infection. ...Read more

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My daughter has ear tubes. Her ear canal is red and she is playing with it. Is it an ear infection. ?

My daughter has ear tubes. Her ear canal is red and she is playing with it. Is it an ear infection. ?

Possibly: Tubes do not prevent ear infections, despite the common misconception to that effect. That said, if the canal is inflamed, it can sometimes indicate an infection, so have her seen. You do not mention her age, but some children will have a tendency to play with their ears, just because they find them. Treat her for fever if she develops one, and have her seen. ...Read more

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Tender area behind left ear with slightly raised lump on the mastoid bone and dull earache with tenderness in ear canal. Is this dangerous/serious?

Tender area behind left ear with slightly raised lump on the mastoid bone and dull earache with tenderness in ear canal.  Is this dangerous/serious?

Mastoiditis: You need to be seen and examined, preferably by an ENT doctor. This could be very severe and dangerous and you should go asap. Good luck and hope this improves quickly. ...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

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Can tickling in ear canal be caused by allergens?

Can tickling in ear canal be caused by allergens?

Usually not.: As you might imagine, the ear canal is somewhat protected from exposure. You are much more likely to have signs and symptoms of allergy in other locations first. Usually this is due to ear wax or retained water with maceration of the skin or by a skin disease such as seborrheic dermatitis. ...Read more

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My ear canal is swollen,but no pain. What could be the cause?

My ear canal is swollen,but no pain. What could be the cause?

Ear lump: Greetings. The ear canal has contours inside that are unique to each individual. Other reactive changes could occur from wax buildup, cyst formation or infection. See your doctor for an examination. ...Read more

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What can cause transient numbness in one ear canal?

What can cause transient numbness in one ear canal?

Too Ear-ly To Know: The sensory innervation of the ear canal is complex, so it's very unlikely that a nerve problem is causing your numbness.Also the fact that your symptom is"transient" is unusual.And it would be helpful to know if your numbness is a complete loss of feeling or some variant of that (tingling, decreased sensation, etc). Someone needs to look in there to see if something is stuck in there, or whatever ...Read more

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Infection- ear canal. Prescribed NeomycinPolymyxinDex. Been taking properly for 4 days; hearing got worse. True that this drug can cause hearing loss?

Unlikely: No, it's unlikely that this drug will cause hearing loss. If you had a hole in the ear drum then the solution (not the suspension) could cause some issues but that's incredibly rare. The decreased hearing is likely from the buildup of pus and wax in the ear canal. You can do a gentle irrigation to get some of that out. ...Read more