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What's the cause of dry flaky skin behind ear?

What's the cause of dry flaky skin behind ear?

Seborrhea: Sounds like seborrheic dermatitis an inflammatory skin condition...You can try otc hydrocortisone. See your dermatologist for stronger medications as well as a complete examination. ...Read more

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Flaky Skin (Definition)

Skin is the outermost tissue covering the body. Flaky skin can break off in thin, ...Read more


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Is dry flaky skin behind ear a sign of rosacea?

Is dry flaky skin behind ear a sign of rosacea?

Seborrheic dermatiti: Dry flaky skin behind the ears is more likely due to seborrheic dermatitis, a condition that is cause by excessive colonization of a common yeast called pityrosporum ovale (or malassesia furfur). Treatment typically involves reduced colonization, such as the use of head and shoulder, Nizoral (ketoconazole) or selsun blue shampoos. Lather and leave in for 5min then wash off. ...Read more

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I have dry flaky skin in the crease behind my ear. What is the cause and how do I treat it?

I have dry flaky skin in the crease behind my ear. What is the cause and how do I treat it?

Try hydrocortisone: This sounds like you have what is called "seborrheic dermatitis". What a big word for something so common! It is in the eczema family. Try over the counter Hydrocortisone cream, rub in for 30 seconds 2 times each day whenever the rash is present. There is no cure for this, it will almost always come back. Don't get discouraged, just keep the Hydrocortisone handy. ...Read more

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Can dry itchy (irritation?) ear skin causes lymph node behind ear to swell? Kind of hard and ever so slightly movable.

Can dry itchy (irritation?) ear skin causes lymph node behind ear to swell? Kind of hard and ever so slightly movable.

Post auricular LN: Your rash in that location could be psoriasis The lymph nodes could be related to that. Your physician can help clarify this or have you see the appropriate physician consultants ...Read more

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I get dry, flaky skin in my ears and on the back of my right calf muscle. How can I get rid of this?

I get dry, flaky skin in my ears and on the back of my right calf muscle. How can I get rid of this?

Depends on cause: Some of the more common causes of dry flaky skin in the ears include a condition called seborrhea dermatitis as well as a skin allergy or skin yeast infection. Your primary care doctor may be able to treat this. If not, you may be referred to a dermatologist. ...Read more

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I have small patches of dry flaky skin on my head, what is it?

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Seborrhea: Seborrheic dermatitis is an inflammatory rash along the scalp, secondary to a yeast. The rash can have a spectrum from mild dandruff, to severe red itchy plaques. Treatments can consist of over the counter shampoos that contain zinc pyrithione or selenium sulfide. There are prescription shampoos that can treat the yeast or the inflammation. ...Read more

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What to do if I have dry, itchy, flaky skin around earlobe?

What to do if I have dry, itchy, flaky skin around earlobe?

Dermatitis: The skin disorder you describe is consistent with seborrheic dermatitis. This skin condition can respond to over the counter steroid cream. If this does not help, see a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Dry, flaky skin on penis, appears in small round patches around the head & excess flaky skin below head. Not itchy/burning or red. What could this be?

Dry, flaky skin on penis, appears in small round patches around the head & excess flaky skin below head. Not itchy/burning or red. What could this be?

Penile dermatitis: There are too many possibilities to make an educated guess. Most genital rashes are not STDs, and this doesn't sound like one. Best to see a doctor sooner rather than later. Start with your personal physician, or perhaps a dermatologist. Good luck. ...Read more

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How do you stop flaky skin inside ears?

How do you stop flaky skin inside ears?

Desonide lotion: If this flakiness is occurring in the face of good hygiene, you may have a minor skin disorder. Speak to your doctor, or a dermatologist. Desonide lotion, may very we'll help. Good luck. ...Read more

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Getting spasms on the left side of head behind ear?

Getting spasms on the left side of head behind ear?

Head spasm: Spasm behind the ear is the result of neck muscle spasm. It is common and usually has no worrisome underlying cause. ...Read more

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I hit my head behind ear and now it's hurting. What can I do for the pain?

I hit my head behind ear and now it's hurting. What can I do for the pain?

Pain behind ear: Hello, I would recommend ice to the injured location as well as alternating between tylenol (acetaminophen) and motrin. This pain should resolve quickly. If it persists after a day or two, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Huge painful knot on head. Right side behind ear. Should I be worried? Could I jave slept on it wrong? Please help! I'm panicking

Huge painful knot on head. Right side behind ear. Should I be worried? Could I jave slept on it wrong? Please help! I'm panicking

Cyst or Lymph node: This is a common area to form small sebaceous cysts. They are formed from the oil/ hair folliclles in the skin. They often do not go away. Sometimes they can get infected and get larger or painful. It could also be a lymph node aggravated by a a scalp or ear lobe infection/ inflammation. See your doctor or an otolaryngologist for evaluation and treatment. They are often removed or excised. ...Read more

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I have a hard lump behind ear on head. Please answer?

I have a hard lump behind ear on head. Please answer?

Lipoma: Lipomas, a fatty tumor are common in this location as well as a few other tumors. Has the lump been present for some time or rapidly developing recently? If rapid, get an evaluation by an ENT specialist fairly soon. If it has been there for some time, you can probably ignore it if it does not bother you and is not changing. ...Read more

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I have a hard lump behind ear on head. Please answer, should I be concerned?

I have a hard lump behind ear on head. Please answer, should I be concerned?

Hopefully: It will resolve without intevention. You may have a swollen lymph node or cyst that may or maynot be infected. If it doesn't resolve - get it checked. ...Read more

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Why loose lump behind ear on head?

Why loose lump behind ear on head?

Cyst/node: This may be a cyst or a lymph
node, but best to see your otolaryngologist for an exact diagniosis. ...Read more

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Pain in side if neck going behind ear and up into head. What could be wrong?

Pain in side if neck going behind ear and up into head. What could be wrong?

Occipital Neuralgia: Consider taking something cold from the freezer, wrapping it in a towel, and placing it on that area for 10 mins on, then 10 mins off.

Good luck. ...Read more

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What happen if my head behind ear kind of have an electric shock from my neck?

What happen if my head behind ear kind of have an electric shock from my neck?

Pinched nerve: A pinched nerve may produce the symptoms you described. Please see your doctor as a simple manipulation may provide relief, or the doctor could perform the investigation to determine the cause. ...Read more

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Pain on left side of head behind ear after got hit there. Should I be worried about concussions?

Pain on left side of head behind ear after got hit there. Should I be worried about concussions?

Possibly: If you are completely normal with just some pain at the site of impact, you probably can continue to observe. However, if you had loss or altered awareness, focal neurological deficit, worsening headache, are on blood thinners, etc., you ought to get it checked out. If in doubt, err on the side of getting checked out. ...Read more

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Since daughter was 3 (7 now), she says she feels a pop inside her head behind ear with a small quick pain and then a warm sensation...Ideas?

Nasal allergy: This child may have nasal allergy and and a pop inside her head behind her ear may be due to air entering her middle ear after swallowing, similar to the feeling we have due to altitude change, may be associated by slight pain. These symptoms may resolve by allergy meds. ...Read more

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Twitches all of n random areas of the body throughout day, But mostly right side of my head temple/behind ear area sometimes last all day? Concern?

Twitches all of n random areas of the body throughout day, But mostly right side of my head temple/behind ear area sometimes last all day? Concern?

I wouldn't worry: If there is no weakness associated with either the right side of your head (meaning muscles of the face) or behind the ear (not too much back there that could get weak) then, I wouldn't worry about much. ...Read more

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I was punched in the side of the head. Had aweful headache for 8 hrs &now massive bruise and swreling on ear& bruise behind ear. Nauseous. Head sore 2?

I was punched in the side of the head. Had aweful headache for 8 hrs &now massive bruise and swreling on ear& bruise behind ear. Nauseous. Head sore 2?

ER trip maybe.: This blow has affected your spelling. If it is affecting vision, balance, sensation, strength or speech; or if pain is increasing you need an exam and possibly a brain scan. External bruising is not a reflection of internal (brain) injury. Neurologic symptoms are. ...Read more

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I have red itchy and flaky skin on th back of my left ear its been there for years what do you think it is?

I have red itchy and flaky skin on th back of my left ear its been there for years what do you think it is?

Eczema: Often when people complain if flakey, itchy reddish skin, eczema comes to mind. The first step is for people to try a steroid cream (otc Hydrocortisone cream) if that doesn't help, your primary md, derm or ENT can point you to the right direction. ...Read more

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I have a lump behind ear on head, hard but slightly mobile. Been there a month but got a little smaller, should I get it checked with dr for cancer?

I have a lump behind ear on head, hard but slightly mobile. Been there a month but got a little smaller, should I get it checked with dr for cancer?

Yes: This may very we be a swollen benign lymph node associated with a resolving infection because it is getting smaller. Please get it checked by a doctor because this is something that needs to be examined and sometimes even biopsied to be sure what is going on. ...Read more

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Hit left ear back of head behind ear lower head left side hard on brothers shoulder 3 days ago still bit of pain that side and when I touch any damage?

Likely no: Wait a little longer to see if there remains any pain.
This type of trauma usually is painful but not that destructive. If it persist see your doc. ...Read more

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What could a knot behind ear on head it is about mid way my ear about the size of grape and it move pain free but I have had it for 15 yrs not grown a?

See my prior answer: If it moves and grape sized then could be tumor such as a benign fatty lipoma or salivary tumor. 80% of parotid salivary rumors benign but would still have it evaluated. ...Read more

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I have bad pain in bones behind ear going up in head. What can I do to help it?

I have bad pain in bones behind ear going up in head. What can I do to help it?

Do u wear glasses?: If you wear glasses make sure they do not get too tight behind your ears! Very common pain in bone from pressure! If not - do u have sinus& ear pain, congestion? Fever? Headache? If not - unlikely sinus infection. Try Ibuprofen, cold compress, rest, gentle massage- " Tiger balm". If pain persists - see doctor. ...Read more

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Feels weak and tired and has a lump behind ear that itches. Feels like he has a head cold and a swore throat.

Feels weak and tired and has a lump behind ear that itches. Feels like he has a head cold and a swore throat.

See a doctor: Answers on HealthTap aren't intended for individual treatment, prescription or diagnosis. You need to be seen and examined. ...Read more

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Soreness behind ear on top of head and next to temple ride my bike about 30 km to work everyday with a bag on my back - could it be neck problem?

Soreness behind ear on top of head and next to temple ride my bike about 30 km to work everyday with a bag on my back - could it be neck problem?

Tension: Could be muscle tension from the bag transmitted to that area, however given the location. Near the temple you need to see your doctor to rule out a potentially dangerous condition called temporal arteries which can affect your vision. If left untreated can cause blindness on the side which is irreversible. ...Read more

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19 month old son has marble sized lump behind ear and two smaller ones on back of head all feel fixed and quite hard no other symptoms but im worried?

19 month old son has marble sized lump behind ear and two smaller ones on back of head all feel fixed and quite hard no other symptoms but im worried?

Lymph node: There are many lymph nodes in the neck and back of the head that are often more noticeable because they are located where our fat pads don't hide them. If you feel around you should find several the size of a pea ; sometimes bigger. They can increase to the size of a big peanut if stimulated by local factors, illness or vaccines. I would just monitor it or have doc see it during regular visit. ...Read more

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The skin behind my left ear feel like it's crawling itches with bump on skull behind ear?

The skin behind my left ear feel like it's crawling itches with bump on skull behind ear?

Doctor can examine: Bumps are hard to figure out without an exam. Sometimes, they appear and disappear for unknown reasons. Bumps may be ok if there is no pain, oozing, bleeding, itching, etc... Otherwise, the causes may be irritant or allergic (something touched the area), or may be from blocked pores, blocked glands, irritated follicles, etc... A doctor can look at the bumps to help get a diagnosis. ...Read more

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Tender bump in the crease behind ear lobe, no head. Cyst or boil? Seems to be just under skin surface.

Tender bump in the crease behind ear lobe, no head. Cyst or boil? Seems to be just under skin surface.

Lymph node?: A lymph node resides in this area synonymous with mononucleosis (mono / kissing disease) If you are having other symptoms you need to be evaluated, and possibly for lymphoma given your age and other neck pains. ...Read more