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My daughter has dry cracked skin on her earlobe which won't heal. What could be the cause of this?

My daughter has dry cracked skin on her earlobe which won't heal.  What could be the cause of this?

Could be..: Could be an infection, fungal or bacterial requiring medication. Could be an allergic reaction, such as to an earring. This may require a steroid cream.Could be skin condition such as eczema. Check with your doctor. ...Read more

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Is it normal if i can make a sound in my ear every time? The sound "crack". It also comes when i swallowing..

Is it normal if i can make a sound in my ear every time? The sound "crack". It also comes when i swallowing..

No: This may be a beginning of your TMJ problem, starting with muscle disturbance. Your crackling noise is called 'crepitus', as the disc is struggling to glide over the glenoid fossa on top of your condyle. As the disc get stuck, it gives rise to condition of 'close' or 'open' lock. If it temporary stuck and then sling across, that forms a 'click', which occurs around 21mm of the mouth opening. ...Read more

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What does 'fluid' in menier refer to? I can make 'click/crack' sound in my ear everytime and it sound like fluid/water...

What does 'fluid' in menier refer to? I can make 'click/crack' sound in my ear everytime and it sound like fluid/water...

TMJ Sounds?: The menier's syndrome is not well known to me so i can not speak on that. However the fluid that the inner ear utilizes to control balance is no where near the area were you could hear sounds produced by it. I would more likely assume that you are hearing crepitus from your temporomandibular joint. Tmj pain and noises are a very common problem for people and can present with varying symptoms. ...Read more

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Behind both ear redness sore crack what is it how to treat it tried all lotions ?

Behind both ear redness sore crack  what is it how to treat it tried all lotions
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Likely ringworm: It is likely to be a fungus infection like ringworm or athlete's foot, but it happens behind the ears. Get medicine for athlete's foot (lotrimin (clotrimazole) is one, there are several others). Apply a little of the cream to the area and rub it in twice a day and it should clear in 3-5 days. Use the cream again at the first sign of the rash coming back. ...Read more

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I yawned & heard/felt a "crack" on my right ear. Now it hurts when i open my mouth. Should i be worried?

I yawned & heard/felt a "crack" on my right ear. Now it hurts when i open my mouth. Should i be worried?

TMJ irritation: Most likely you strained and irritated your temperomandibular joint, or tmj. It's where the jaw inserts into your skull, with tendons there. If you yawn really large, the head of the jaw may slip a little and then snap back into place, irritating the tendon. Resting the jaw (no gobstoppers) and Motrin for a few days usually helps. Contact your doc if pain continues. ...Read more

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Hear myself breathing threw ear at times. Like it pops and feel air in ear. Ears crack when i swallow too.

Hear myself breathing threw ear at times. Like it pops and feel air in ear. Ears crack when i swallow too.

Middle ear effusion: Or eustachian tube blockage or congestion can cause these types of symptoms. Things such as allergies or OM can cause these symptoms. Occasional cracking in your ears when you swallow is not necessarily the sign of a problem either. If persistent and bothersome or additional symptoms develop, then seek an exam. ...Read more

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I read that menier caused by an excess of fluid in the inner ear. I can make sound in my ear, feels like fluid/water with 'click' or 'crack' sound. ?

I read that menier caused by an excess of fluid in the inner ear. I can make sound in my ear, feels like fluid/water with 'click' or 'crack' sound. ?

TMD?: Have an evaluation for temporal mandibular joint dysfunction by your dentist. Tmd has symptoms similar to the ones you presented. Ménière's disease often has a hearing and balance component which you did not mention. ...Read more

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Why do I have a little ear? The other is normal. My mom abused crack alcohol and other drugs the whole time she was pregnant with me. Could that have anything to do with it?

Why do I have a little ear? The other is normal. My mom abused crack alcohol and other drugs the whole time she was pregnant with me. Could that have anything to do with it?

Body symmetry: Our body symmetry is often very close but not exact. There are often different sizes & other characteristics of each ear, each hand, each eye, etc. Even when mom never used any substances/alcohol in pregnancy. Not sure how big a size difference we are talking about. While it is not impossible that use of substances/alcohol played a role, it may be harmful to dwell on or assume that mom caused it. ...Read more

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Can a cold cause your ears to pop and crack when swallowing? Does it mean you have fluid? Does that mean you have an inner ear problem?

Can a cold cause your ears to pop and crack when swallowing? Does it mean you have fluid? Does that mean you have an inner ear problem?

Eustacian Tube : The eustacian tube allow you to pressurize the air in the middle ear behind the eardrum (i.e. When flying). This tube opens into the back of the nose. Any swelling in the nose, like a cold, can affect the et, leading to ear pressure change. This does not mean you have fluid in the middle ear- though you may if you can't hear-. It does mean the eusctacian tube is temporarily dysfunctional. ...Read more

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My jaw keeps clicking every time i move it. i had a really loud crack sound and now i have a wet feeling in my ear . yawning causes wet sound?

My jaw keeps clicking every time i move it.  i had a really loud crack sound and now i have a wet feeling in my ear . yawning causes wet sound?

Unrelated: The jaw clicking and cracking is a displaced disk in your jaw joint (TMJ) if it progresses to locking or pain, see TMJ expert.
Wet feeling in ear unrelated. Keep ear dry. If ear problems persist, see ENT doc. ...Read more

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I have neck pain, a prick like itchyness in head and arms sometimes, neck seems to crack more and ear seem to ring if I stretch my neck should I worry?

I have neck pain, a prick like itchyness in head and arms sometimes, neck seems to crack more and ear seem to ring if I stretch my neck should I worry?

Neck pain: The symptoms that you describe are related to arthritis in the neck. Often anti inflammatory medications, neck exercises and physical therapy will resolve the pain. If the pain persists see a neurosurgeon for further treatment. ...Read more

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When I move my jaw I can hear it move and I can make it crack& sometimes I can hear my pulse in my ear?

When I move my jaw I can hear it move and I can make it crack& sometimes I can hear my pulse in my ear?

Jaw cracking: Sound like TMJ ( temporomandibular joint syndrome). The pulse in the ear may be a sensation as a result but would also consider rarely carotid issues though you re extremely young for that and it is unlikely if you do not have elevated blood pressure or an underlying condition like marfan's ehler's Danlos. Follow up with dentist, ENT ...Read more

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Under ear right side jaw swollen. On/off pain in 2nd bicuspid for 2 yrs. Now vertical crack line & gap near base. Sometimes tongue swelling. Related?

Under ear right side jaw swollen. On/off pain in 2nd bicuspid for 2 yrs. Now vertical crack line & gap near base. Sometimes tongue swelling.  Related?

See dentist: Hard to tell given the brief history but the problem may be from teeth grinding or clenching at night causing dental crack (if that's what you meant). Your tongue swelling may also be from biting (from teeth grinding or malocculsion). I would recommend that you consult a dentist first. If the above conditions have been ruled out, see an allergist to evaluate the tongue swelling. ...Read more

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Dull ear ache (doesn't really hurt) stiff neck, feels like it needs cracked or adjusted, and eye pressure. What could this possibly be. Thank you ?

Need exam: If you have pain in your ear, you should have the doctor look at it. External ear infections respond to ear drops, middle ear infections and sinusitis need decongestants and sometimes antibiotics. ...Read more

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What is the next cream to use for cracked, crusting eczema behind the ear of a second grader if hydrocortisone is not getting rid of it?

What is the next cream to use for cracked, crusting eczema behind the ear of a second grader if hydrocortisone is not getting rid of it?

Crusting eczema: The rash may be secondarily infected. You should see your childs doctor to have the crusts cultured in case systenuc antibiotic therapy is needed. If the rash will not clear up with hydrogen peroxide cleaning, topical antibiotic such as polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) ointment and topical Hydrocortisone it should be under a doctors care. ...Read more

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I crack my lower back a lot by twisting, as well as my neck.. Can this be damaging and or bad?

I crack my lower back a lot by twisting, as well as my neck.. Can this be damaging and or bad?

Neck & back cracking: Deliberately cracking your neck or back on your own may not be a good idea & could potentially lead to complications. If your neck or back crack or pop simply by turning or twisting with no other symptoms, it can be lift alone. ...Read more

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I have this bad lower back pressure/pain. It feels like I nees to crack it. Is there anything I could do such as stretches?

I have this bad lower back pressure/pain. It feels like I nees to crack it. Is there anything I could do such as stretches?

Yes: You may benefit from a course of low back exercises. I would recommend an evaluation with your doctor to see if physical therapy can be prescribed. You also may benefit from anti-inflammatory medication, as long as the medication is safe for you to take. ...Read more

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I'm young and i'm having a lot of back problems.My lower back always hurts the most.I crack my back all the time i don't know if it's making it worse.

Young: At 19 it would be unusual for you to have a serious spinal condition, but it is worth getting checked out. I personally to not believe that "cracking" your back makes a hill of beans in your pain. The cracking is simply the forming of a nitrogen atmosphere within your facet joint capsule. Google facet joint. ...Read more

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Did a handstand and fell on my head. I heard my neck crack 3 times. My right lower neck has been hurting into the top part of my back. Been a week +?

Did a handstand and fell on my head.  I heard my neck crack 3 times. My right lower neck has been hurting into the top part of my back. Been a week +?

Need to examine: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without examining you and may be taking images. It would be prudent to see your doctor and not let an injury go undetected. If you do not have a doctor, go to the nearest emergency room where they will likely do an x-ray to rule out fracture. ...Read more

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As I squatted down to pick up Something, I heard a loud crack & felt the crack on my lower back. Now I'm in horrible pain & can't move much!!

As I squatted down to pick up Something, I heard a loud crack & felt the crack on my lower back. Now I'm in horrible pain & can't move much!!

Follow-up needed: This could be due to muscle spasms caused by picking up something. Try warm compressess and showers, and over the counter pain relievers. If not better or getting worse go to an Urgent Care center or see your Physicain. ...Read more

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I was doing kettle ball swings & heard a crack in my left lower area. It hurts when i bend. What can it be & what can I do to exercise tonight?

I was doing kettle ball swings & heard a crack in my left lower area. It hurts when i bend. What can it be & what can I do to exercise tonight?

Gentle streching: Don't do much until you are pain free. If you get pain or numbness down your leg, you may have a herniated disc. ...Read more

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My neighbour beneath me (lower ground floor, i am on the groundfloor, has i believe been smoking crack or heroine i do not know exactly. I have smelt ?

Unsure of the ?: I am not sure what you are asking. This is something that can be reported to law enforcement. Consider resubmitting with clarification of question. ...Read more

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My lower back, just above my butt, pops a lot, it gets stiff and i crack it for relief.(lay on the floor, bend back over counter) I'm 19. any idea?

My lower back, just above my butt, pops a lot, it gets stiff and i crack it for relief.(lay on the floor, bend back over counter) I'm 19. any idea?

Alignment issues: It sounds like your lower vertabrate may be out of alignment, which you are correcting with your manuver. This can happen if you are engaging in activities that involve flexion/ extension and or rotaional movements. This is the case for most sports. Weak core muscles, which move work to the back can also be cause. Regular chiropractic adjustment and core strengthening will help. ...Read more