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R ear bruising; no piercings; no trauma; bruise is spreading. Thoughts? Why? I only take tapazole (methimazole) 7.5 mg/day nothing else...

R ear bruising; no piercings; no trauma; bruise is spreading. Thoughts? Why? I only take tapazole (methimazole) 7.5 mg/day nothing else...

Bruising on the Ear: Bruising on the ear, when not related to trauma can be caused by a number of things. Some of these things, such as levamisole toxicity (can be found in drugs such as cocaine) can be serious. Other serious causes include inflammation around the blood vessels in the body. It is a good idea to have your ear evaluated by a physician. ...Read more

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Can scratching your ears cause bruising?

Can scratching your ears cause bruising?

Yes: Both inside and outside, scratching the ears too vigorously can cause bruising. If you bruise easily anywhere on the body, you should be seen by a doctor to make sure you don't have something else going on as well. ...Read more

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My ears is bruising up when hearing higher sounds. Worst is lighter tones like womens voices. Doc said normal for me after tests. Can it be okey??

My ears is bruising up when hearing higher sounds. Worst is lighter tones like womens voices. Doc said normal for me after tests. Can it be okey??

Ear pain: Certainly not normal. I assume normal test was hearing test. Many other issues can cause ear pain. If no better or worse in next 5-10 days, please see ear, nose, throat specialist. Good luck. ...Read more

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I play rugby - possibly took a knock to head just behind the ear and when neck muscle connect - slight swelling - loss of hearing in left ear? No vissible bruising besides small raised puffy area -Am I ok

I play rugby - possibly took a knock to head just behind the ear and when neck muscle connect - slight swelling - loss of hearing in left ear? No vissible bruising besides small raised puffy area -Am I ok

Be seen: If you sustained an injury and now can't hear out of your left ear, you certainly would be well served to make sure there is not a more serious component to your injury than you realize; a ruptured tympanic membrane being just one example. ...Read more

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Is unexplained bruising on my 5 month olds ear normal?

Is unexplained bruising on my 5 month olds ear normal?

NO!: A bruised ear in a 5 month old needs immediate evaluation. This may be associated with physical abuse. Don't wait-see your doctor today. ...Read more

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On the left side of my head above the ear I have been getting a on an off pain. It feels like a bruise and sensitive to touch?

On the left side of my head above the ear I have been getting a on an off pain. It feels like a bruise and sensitive to touch?

It may actually be: A small contusion caused by minor trauma that you don't remember. It is really not unusual to get a bump on the head while sleeping--on bed frame for example. It would be safe to watch for a few days. You probably don't need pain killers I would guess. If it persists 2-3 weeks or more, see your doctor for evaluation. Remote possibilities include migraine or neuropathy/? nerve impingement. Stay well ...Read more

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I got hit behind the ear and I have a bruise that looks like a hickey. Hurts to shake my head side to side. Should I be worried or is it nothing?

I got hit behind the ear and I have a bruise that looks like a hickey. Hurts to shake my head side to side. Should I be worried or is it nothing?

Bone bruise: This sounds like a mild bone bruise that will be tender for several days. I wouldn't worry unless you have worsening headaches, dizziness, drowsines vomiting, or hearing problems. ...Read more

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My 2 year old has a bruise on her ear lobe, what to do?

My 2 year old has a bruise on her ear lobe, what to do?

Bruise: Now that the bruise is already there, there's nothing to do other than let it heal on it's own. More importantly would be to find out how he got the bruise as a way of learning how to prevent future, perhaps even more serious, injuries. ...Read more

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What causes could bruising to the ears be my 2 year old woke up with bruising to his ears and cheek?

What causes could bruising to the ears be my 2 year old woke up with bruising to his ears and cheek?

First thought/trauma: The only kids I've seen with ear bruising have been traumatized. Either pinched or resulting from a slap, the bruising of trauma is rather distinctive in its location & evident to a er physician or pediatrician. If not, an exam can give you an idea. ...Read more

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My 5 year old slipped while exiting a waterslide and hit the side of her head. A few days later I noticed a red bruise behind her ear. Please advise?

My 5 year old slipped while exiting a waterslide and hit the side of her head. A few days later I noticed a red bruise behind her ear. Please advise?

Nothing to worry abt: If this happened 2-3 days ago and your child has been behaving normally and not complaining about significant pain, then this is unlikely anything to worry about (at this point). Seek medical attention if their behavior changes, the begin vomiting or you have any other concerns. ...Read more

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My Daughter fell and hit her ear and is swollen and dark bruising in the back?

My Daughter fell and hit her ear and is swollen and dark bruising in the back?

Unclear re: question: If you are asking about a child who fell and hit their head hard enough to have bruising, you must certainly be watchful for concussion. An ear is easily swollen and bruised through injury. If there is bruising directly behind the ear, this may be a sign of skull fracture! Have her evaluated by a health care provider to be sure. ...Read more

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About a month ago I noticed a bruise behind my right ear. There was no injury to cause it and when I touch it I get dizzy. What could it be?

About a month ago I noticed a bruise behind my right ear. There was no injury to cause it and when I touch it I get dizzy. What could it be?

Well: Could be an injury you don't remember. Rarely they could be a bleeding disorder. Recommend consult Healthtap or primary care doctor for specific diagnosis ...Read more

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My right ear is pain, there is no pain on left ear, no reddish colour or swollen. The feeling of pain is like touching your bruises.

My right ear is pain, there is no pain on left ear, no reddish colour or swollen. The feeling of pain is like touching your bruises.

Ear infection: You could have a middle ear infection. You need to see a doctor to get your ear examined. You may need antibiotics if you have an infection. ...Read more

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Last night car trunk hit my head I have no bruise/bump. Later my ear felt like h2o draining. Now it hurts w/pressure. What to do? Should I be worried?

Last night car trunk hit my head I have no bruise/bump. Later my ear felt like h2o draining. Now it hurts w/pressure. What to do? Should I be worried?

Local trauma: If the trunk banging on head didn't leave any bruise or bump, it is unlikely that it was severe enough to cause any internal damage. You may have some fluid build up in your ears from previous allergies etc. That was exacerbated by the trauma last night. You may use OTC pain/anti inflammatory agent like Ibuprofen. If symptoms persist, get it checked with your doctor or Urgent care. Feel good. ...Read more

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My husband woke up with swelling behind his left ear and a bruise under his ear and now more bruises have appeared on his lower neck under the back of?

My husband woke up with swelling behind his left ear and a bruise under his ear and now more bruises have appeared on his lower neck under the back of?

These signs could: Potentially signify a serious condition associated with a blood problem. Potentially he could have been bitten by an insect or spider and this is a reaction. Regardless, he should be evaluated and examined by a health care professional to determine the nature and treatment of his condition. ...Read more

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Child hit side of his head 2 weeks ago. Now has goose egg on forehead and bruising on side of head and behind ear have just appeared. Serious?

Child hit side of his head 2 weeks ago. Now has goose egg on forehead and bruising on side of head and behind ear have just appeared. Serious?

Head Injury: Have him seen. The forehead injury by itself does not sound concerning but now the appearance of bruising on the side of his head and behind his ear makes it more serious. Bruising behind his ear may indicate a skull fracture. He would best be seen in the ER. All the best. ...Read more

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I found a bump on my head behind my ear that wasn't there before. Its hard, doesn't move and feels like touching a sore bruise. Should I be concerned?

I found a bump on my head behind my ear that wasn't there before. Its hard, doesn't move and feels like touching a sore bruise. Should I be concerned?

Lymph node: There are thousands of lymph node located around the body that help screen out germs in the body serum before it returns to the circulation. There are many in the neck, head, behind the ear. At rest these are often 1/4 inch in diameter and may grow to marble sized when reacting to a stimulus. Bug bites, or viral infections can increase their size. They should shrink down to nl size over a few wks. ...Read more

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My neck has been very itchy off and on for months behind my ears to. One time with the itch I got a rash that resembled bruise like circles in a line.

My neck has been very itchy off and on for months behind my ears to. One time with the itch I got a rash that resembled bruise like circles in a line.

See doctor: It the rash is scaly around the edge and ring like, consider a fungal infection. On the other hand, this is not the usually place fungi infect. Make sure you are not allergic to hair dye or hair preparations. ...Read more

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I have pain in my back teeth and ear, it looks like there is bruising on the very back of my gums what could it mean? (anbesol doesn't really help)

I have pain in my back teeth and ear, it looks like there is bruising on the very back of my gums what could it mean? (anbesol doesn't really help)

Clenching/grinding?: Several possibilities, including decay in the teeth, infection in the teeth/jawbone/gums, and clenching/grinding of the teeth. If the pain affects both sides, it is likely clenching your teeth when you sleep. ...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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Cause of tender spot over cheekbone an inch b4 the ear, just below temple? Feels almost like a vein or bruise over the bone. Had long time. No injury.

Possibly TMJ: Tender spot in front of ear and below temple can be Temporal Mandibular Joint disorder. Look closely in mirror to note if chin opens vertically or jogs right or left when the jaw is slowly opened and closed. Irregular motion correlates with asymmetric movement of the jawbone where it connects to the skull at this place in front of the ear, and which is called the Temporal Mandibular Joint. ...Read more

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Hiya, I have perforated ear drums in both my ears which happened 10 years ago ive had no problem since, on tuesday I banged my head my ear popped and now I cant hear as well I also have a bruise on my head above my ear and im not eating properly?

Hiya, I have perforated ear drums in both my ears which happened 10 years ago ive had no problem since, on tuesday I banged my head my ear popped and now I cant hear as well I also have a bruise on my head above my ear and im not eating properly?

Needs eval.: Cannot say in your particular case, but generally, a structure that has broken is never again as strong. Deformation of the ears predisposes to more likely repeat problems with less cause needed to produce it. ...Read more

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I have a small lump on left backside of neck. Near the ear feels like a bruise but didn't hit head, and top of scalp very tiny bumps. And a stiff neck?

I have a small lump on left backside of neck. Near the ear feels like a bruise but didn't hit head, and top of scalp very tiny bumps. And a stiff neck?

See your doctor: If you truly have a stiff neck--cannot touch your chin to your chest or move head from side to side, you must be seen urgently by your doctor or emergency room--if you have fever this becomes more urgent.
If you have any scalp problems this may cause tiny bumps or if you pull your hair tight as some do for braids, this may be related. See your physician. ...Read more

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