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Doctor insights on: Deformed Outer Ear

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What normal flora are found on the outer ear?

What normal flora are found on the outer ear?

Skin flora: It's the same as anywhere else on the skin. There are a number of bacteria. The most common are staph epidermidis and other staph species. Strep mitis is frequent and strep pyogenes is less common. Priopionobacterium is common as is acintobacter. There are others that are not as frequent. Fungal growth from candida is also very common and there are other fungi to a lesser degree. ...Read more

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How can I treat a bug bite that has caused my outer ear to swell?

How can I treat a bug bite that has caused my outer ear to swell?

Cellulitis / allergy: Cellulitis is a skin condition characterized by redness, warmth and swelling often following an injury or bite. Treatment is with prescription oral antibiotics. Sometimes an exaggerated immune response to an insect bite can cause similar symptoms, but this will generally resolve with an oral antihistamine. ...Read more

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How do I stop an itchy outer ear?

How do I stop an itchy outer ear?

Itchy outer ear: Hello. Using cold compresses to the ear will immediately help to reduce ear itching and redness. Using a steroid cream on a 2x/day for no longer than 14 days will help to resolve the itching. Also a medication like Benadryl (diphenhydramine) will resolve the itching rather quickly. ...Read more

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What's the purpose of the outer ear auricle?

What's the purpose of the outer ear auricle?

Outer ear auricle: At one time in our development, the outer ear used to be as big as an elephant's auricle. Only kidding. The purpose of all of the structures of the outer ear are to funnel sound waves down the canal towards the eardrum. A equally good question is why do we have ear wax to clutter the entire system up? ...Read more

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What can I do for extreme pain in outer ear?

Infection: Extreme pain can mean infection or inflammation. Is there swelling around the ear? You can try applying some ice and over the counter pain killers. If it has been on going for few hours, call your pcp. ...Read more

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Lately i'm experiencing frequent itchy outer ear?

Lately i'm experiencing frequent itchy outer ear?

Itchy ear: An itchy ear can have many causes. You may have dry skin, be reacting to something that's touching your ear or it could be a discrete skin condition like eczema or psoriasis. A fungal infection is also possible. I suggest that you see your doctor to examine your ear(s) to see if there are discrete lesions/ rash or color change noticeable. In the mean time, try not to scratch your ear. ...Read more

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What can I do/take for extreme pain in outer ear?

What can I do/take for extreme pain in outer ear?

See an ent doctor: If the pain is that extreme see a doctor to find tjhe cause and treat it properly. ...Read more