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I recently saw on abc news that a diagonal ear lobe crease is a sign of heart disease. What is your opinion of this?

I recently saw on abc news that a diagonal ear lobe crease is a sign of heart disease.  What is your opinion of this?

Yes: It is called frank's sign.It is a diagonal ear lobe crease extending diagonally from the tragus across the lobule to rear edge of the auricle.It may indicate cardiovascular disease or diabetes. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my ears down the crease and it feels smooth so I'm wondering why my child has to boney bits behind both his ears?

What do you suggest if my ears down the crease and it feels smooth so I'm wondering why my child has to boney bits behind both his ears?

That might: just be his skull bones that are more prominent, presuming there was no head injury. Skulls come in all shape and size. Have it checked it concerned. ...Read more

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My 4 year old came home with some type of infection behind her ear, in the crease. What all can cause the infection behind her ear?

My 4 year old came home with some type of infection behind her ear, in the crease. What all can cause the infection behind her ear?

Seborhhea: Red cracked skin behind the ear fold is often an irritation of the oil glands. Try gentle soap/water cleaning - pat dry and apply an otc steroid cream. IF there is a heavy yellow crusting over the area it might be impetigo - a touch of neosporin may help. If this continues to happen have your MD confirm what the cause is. ...Read more

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A lump show up behind my left ear in the crease, just before the ear lobe starts, is this a swollen lymph node and should I see a doctor?

A lump show up behind my left ear in the crease, just before the ear lobe starts, is this a swollen lymph node and should I see a doctor?

Possibly: May be any number of things, including a sebaceous cyst, node, folliculitis, etc. Not a bad idea to have it checked out if it doesn't go away on its own. ...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