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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

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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How can I reduce swelling in ear canal?

How can I reduce swelling in ear canal?

See your doctor: To find out why your ear canal is swollen. If infected, antibiotics will help. Steroids are commonly added to the antibiotic ear drops to help decreased the swelling faster. If there is a foreign body, it needs t be removed. Keep it dry until you see your doctor. ...Read more

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Swelling in the ear canal. Small lump just inside the ear canal. What could this be? Should I be concerned?

Swelling in the ear canal. Small lump just inside the ear canal. What could this be? Should I be concerned?

External otitis: Otitis externa is an infection of the ear canal skin and often is very painful. The small lump in the canal may be an abscess. You need appropriate ear drops. See an ENT doctor for correct diagnosis and treatment. Do not use Q-tips. ...Read more

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I have ear canal infection and swelling, what to do for treatment?

I have ear canal infection and swelling, what to do for treatment?

Call doctor: Call your physician to get an appointment to get your ear looked at, then appropriate medication can be prescribed. ...Read more

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I have swelling on the external acustic meatus or on the cartilage of the ear canal...What could be wrong?

I have swelling on the external acustic meatus or on the cartilage of the ear canal...What could be wrong?

See ENT: You should see an ear, nose and throat doctor to look at your ear and then he can tell you what is going on and if you need any treatment. ...Read more

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Ear canal swelling due to sinus infection. How do I get it to go down?

Ear canal swelling due to sinus infection. How do I get it to go down?

Let a doc look: The external ear canal shouldn't swell with a sinus infection. The little eustachian tube could get plugged with mucous, but you couldn't tell by looking--it's internal. ...Read more

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My right ear canal is closed over due to swelling. I started otodex yesterday and no change 24 hrs. Should I return to gp?

My right ear canal is closed over due to swelling. I started otodex yesterday and no change 24 hrs. Should I return to gp?

Give it a bit longer: External ear infections can be extremely uncomfortable, and so I understand your desire for quicker relief. You are on a good drop to reduce the inflammation, but it likely will take more than 24 hours to get better. If you are not running a fever with it, and can take the edge off with some oral pain meds, I would try to get through a couple of days before deciding treatment not working. ...Read more

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Resolved painful swelling of outer ear canal (from swimming) w drops, oral antibi & steroids, still have fluid in middle ear. Can decongestants help?

Resolved painful swelling of outer ear canal (from swimming) w drops, oral antibi & steroids, still have fluid in middle ear. Can decongestants help?

Slowly: Decongestants are appropriate, alone or with new generation antihistamines. However, nothing helps dramatically and it can take some time to fully recover. Smoking is a direct negative factor by irritating the throat opening of eustachian tube. Increased fluids are also appropriate. There are adults, very infrequently, with tubes when problem persists with nothing helping. ...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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I have a mild swelling in my left ear from sinus drainage and allergies. Is there a home remedy I can use to clear any bacteria from my ear canal?

I have a mild swelling in my left ear from sinus drainage and allergies. Is there a home remedy I can use to clear any bacteria from my ear canal?

Not related: The ears and sinuses are not directly connected and from your description, I cannot tell if the problem is from a bacterial infection or something else. It is best for you to get these checked out by your doctor. Once the diagnosis has been made, then you can decide on what kind of Rx may be best for you ...Read more

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I m a scuba instr. Methylprednisolone help with swelling in my outer ear canal from diving I flushed with warm water and am also using ciriax otic dro?

I m a scuba instr. Methylprednisolone help with swelling in my outer ear canal from diving I flushed with warm water and am also using ciriax otic dro?

Ear: Hard to tell from the story but sounds like an outer ear infection or swimmers ear. If so DO NOT flush it. Keep it dry when showering, don't swim, use the drops and see an ENT to make sure there's no wax and to clean 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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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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Infection- ear canal. Prescribed NeomycinPolymyxinDex. Been taking properly for 4 days; hearing got worse. True that this drug can cause hearing loss?

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

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I use Q tips too much, and cause bleeding/scabs in my ear because of it. Can I permanently lose my hearing from excessively damaging my ear canal?

I use Q tips too much, and cause bleeding/scabs in my ear because of it. Can I permanently lose my hearing from excessively damaging my ear canal?

Avoid Qtips: Abrasions or minor damage to the ear canal could cause possible infection in the outer ear, or irritation and bleeding. Typically it should not damage the deeper structures of the ear or affect hearing. Generally, Qtips are not recommended as the wax that is naturally produced is protective, and there is no need to remove it. If it becomes bothersome in can be gently washed out. ...Read more

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What causes back of tongue pain that travels into ear canal, and painful swallowing?

What causes back of tongue pain that travels into ear canal, and painful swallowing?

A few possibilities: There are several types of infections that can cause these symptom. S How long have you had them? If you feel like you can't swallow or are having any trouble breathing, you should go to the emergency room. Otherwise, I would be seen in the next day or two to be evaluated for infection. ...Read more

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