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My ear lobe suddenly got swollen, red, painful, and hot. It's the part of the lobe that's right below where the cartilage begins. What's causing it?

My ear lobe suddenly got swollen, red, painful, and hot. It's the part of the lobe that's right below where the cartilage begins. What's causing it?

Infection likely: Other possibility is contact dermatitis. However, unless you wear ear ring in one ear only, infection is likely cause. You may want to see your doctor to start antibiotics as soon as possible since infection may spread in cartilage with may require surgery to treat ...Read more

Lobe (Definition)

1. A rounded projection, especially a rounded, projecting anatomical part. (for example, the lobe of an ear) 2. A subdivision of a bodily organ or part bounded by fissures, connective tissue, or other structural boundaries. (for example, a ...Read more


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My ear lobe is red swollen and my jaw is starting to hurt at the hinge. My ear hasn't been pierced since I was like 10 or younger, why is this happening now?

My ear lobe is red swollen and my jaw is starting to hurt at the hinge. My ear hasn't been pierced since I was like 10 or younger, why is this happening now?

Probably need med: The symptoms you describes are worrisome for an infection developing. You should see a physician or do a virtual consult to ascertain the problem. Happy healing. ...Read more

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I have an infected lower ear lobe. What should I do. It's red, swollen and has puss.?

I have an infected lower ear lobe. What should I do. It's red, swollen and has puss.?

Ear lobe: If this is near a piercing, do not use your earrings. You need to see a clinician so that a culture can be taken and so you can be placed on empirical antibiotics. Any earring that has been used recently will require special attention to clean with antiseptic and rubbing alcohol to remove the chance of possible reinfection. ...Read more

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Hi! My daughter is 1 and had her ears pierced 3 months ago. This morning, she woke up and the one lobe (bottom) around the earring is swollen and red.

Hi! My daughter is 1 and had her ears pierced 3 months ago. This morning, she woke up and the one lobe (bottom) around the earring is swollen and red.

Mgt: These are signs of a possible infection. I would advise checking with your physician. In the meantime, apply a disinfectant and neosporin ointment to the affected area. The earring should be removed. You should watch for signs of fever or worsening. ...Read more

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My 8 month old woke up this morning with one ear red hot and swollen. Its her outer ear, mostly the lobe, dosnt look to go inside the ear. What is thi?

My 8 month old woke up this morning with one ear red hot and swollen. Its her outer ear, mostly the lobe, dosnt look to go inside the ear. What is thi?

Follow this am: People often tell me that their child's ear is red, then we end up diagnosing ear infection later in the day/week.

However, I think it's also common that kids ears are red b/c they sleep on them or maybe b/c kid has a fever.

If redness persists, especially w/pain or fever, good idea to have it checked. ...Read more

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It has been a week since I got my second ear lobe piercing. My left ear is somewhat swollen and my right is red and swollen and hurts to touch. Help.

It has been a week since I got my second ear lobe piercing. My left ear is somewhat swollen and my right is red and swollen and hurts to touch. Help.

Earlobe infection: This sounds like you may have a wound infection around the piercing. I recommend that you see a dermatologist for treatment. ...Read more

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My 2 yr old woke up with swollen, red, warm upper ear lobe with no pain. Any ideas on cause and treatment?

My 2 yr old woke up with swollen, red, warm upper ear lobe with no pain. Any ideas on cause and treatment?

Insect bite: It is possible it is due to an insect bite, it would be wise to check the entire body for similar lesions. Consider possible " bed bug bite"
You my use hydrocortisone, but visit your pediatrician. ...Read more

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My right ear lobe is a little red and swollen and there is a white/yellow crust by my earring hole? What is wrong with my earlobe?

My right ear lobe is a little red and swollen and there is a white/yellow crust by my earring hole? What is wrong with my earlobe?

Assess for Infection: 17 yr old; redness, swelling, yellow crust at earring hole. This can be due to infection or a reaction to metal in earrings. There is no mention of pain which is an indicator of infection. If pain is present & other symptoms are worsening, infection is probable & you should see your doctor. Otherwise do not wear earrings x 3-4 days, cleanse area with soap/water, change to hypoallergenic earrings. ...Read more

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Ears pierced two weeks ago, I got hit in the ear lobe. Now my ear red and swollen. No discharge. Could it be infected? Or too soon to tell?

Ears pierced two weeks ago, I got hit in the ear lobe. Now my ear red and swollen. No discharge. Could it be infected? Or too soon to tell?

TakeOutTheHardware!!: Doesn't matter. Take out the post & back set and let everything heal. You may need to get it pierced again, but that's better than risking a serious infection or a big hassle trying to get the post out later. If nothing gets better after taking everything out, then it is probably infected & will need to be seen by a doctor. Ear infections that spread beyond the earlobe can get into the cartilage: BAD ...Read more

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My 2 yr old woke up and has swollen, red, warm upper ear lobes. Doesn't seem to hurt. Any ideas on a cause and a treatment?

My 2 yr old woke up and has swollen, red, warm upper ear lobes. Doesn't seem to hurt. Any ideas on a cause and a treatment?

Possibly allergy: Since the redness and swelling involve both ear lobes, infection or cellulitis is less likely, unless there is reason to think otherwise. Allergy, possibly to something he consumed before going to bed or bug bites may cause such a reaction. If there are no bumps, and remains non tender without any systemic symptoms, I would try OTC anti allergy medicine and observe. ...Read more

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How to heal swollen ear lobe around the piercing?

How to heal swollen ear lobe around the piercing?

Ice and neosporin.: You need to use neosporin ointment to kill any possible infection around the piercing site and then use ice to reduce the swelling. Use ice cold cloth, not ice on the ear. 10 minutes on and 10 minutes off for 1 hour should be suffice. ...Read more

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What to do if I have ear lobe swollen after piercing?

What to do if I have ear lobe swollen after piercing?

If red, hot, tender,: Painful, swollen with streaking, pus or fever - get medical evaluation. If it is a cartilage piercing with signs of infection - please take seriously. Take care. ...Read more

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What's best used to take care of a swollen ear lobe?

Clogged pore: Your ear lobe has sebaceous glands like most areas of the skin. This can be clogged and become inflamed as a result. This causes it to become swollen and can be painful. Often, your body can resolve this on its own. If it is red, and painful, you may consider antibiotics. ...Read more

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How do I treat a swollen ear lobe after going up a gauge?

How do I treat a swollen ear lobe after going up a gauge?

A few things: Hi
If there are no breaks in the skin, ice and an oral anti-inflammatory like advil can be helpful. If it looks very red, feels hot, is very tender, there is risk it may be infected and you might need antibiotics. Try to keep the area dry and clean. Hope this helps ...Read more

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How long is it supposed to it take for a swollen ear lobe to go down?

Depends: It is depend whether or not you have infection, and require med. It is best to see doctor. ...Read more

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Have had swollen ear lobes for a long time with no other apparent symptoms. Is this unusual?

Have had swollen ear lobes for a long time with no other apparent symptoms. Is this unusual?

See your doctor.: The causes of chronic swelling of the earlobes can range from an allergy to a metal in a new earring to low-grade infection and inflammation. Since the treatments differ, you need to see your doctor for the correct diagnosis and treatment. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Ear lobe swollen don't wear earrings what can it be? Should I be worried? What can cause it?

Ear lobe swollen don't wear earrings what can it be? Should I be worried? What can cause it?

Infection: Sometimes cysts, infections, keloids can develop in ears. A doctor would have to see your ear or in person to be more accurate. Good luck and please see your doctor for more answers. ...Read more

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My sons ear lobes are swollen, look lumpy and he says they itch? And this is also on his cheeks.

My sons ear lobes are swollen, look lumpy and he says they itch? And this is also on his cheeks.

Angioedema: This is angioedema. It is more unsightly and uncomfortable than it is serious. Many times, in kids, it is secondary to a recent or present infection. The safest thing to do is see the pediatrician before using an medications. ...Read more

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Why is my lymph node and ear lobe on my left side swollen?

Why is my lymph node and ear lobe on my left side swollen?

Possible infection: Swelling of ear lobe could be related to an infection with resulting lymph node enlargement. Medical eval should be able to clarify issue. Take care. ...Read more

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Ear lobes swollen infected pain in sides of neck below ear lobes what could this be?

Ear lobes swollen infected pain in sides of neck below ear lobes what could this be?

Lymph nodes: Given the information it is likely that you have some inflamed lymph nodes in your neck. ...Read more

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Could my swollen ear lobes be a result of secondary Sjorgren's Syndrome? I was diagnosed years ago along with RA,

Could my swollen ear lobes be a result of secondary Sjorgren's Syndrome? I was diagnosed years ago along with RA,

Not typical: Autoimmune diseases can affect almost every organ in the body, however the ear lobe swelling is not associated w/ secondary Sjorgrens ...Read more

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Can you tell me if my ear lobe is swollen but doesn't hurt when I touch it does that mean the swelling might go down?

Can you tell me if my ear lobe is swollen but doesn't hurt when I touch it does that mean the swelling might go down?

Depends: Hi
It depends on the cause of the swelling. Usually swelling that occurs from trauma or bug bites will go away on its own with time. ...Read more

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Hi, my ear lobe is inflamed and swollen to around double the size of it's counterpart. I've no piercings but think it's a result football on Saturday?

Hi, my ear lobe is inflamed and swollen to around double the size of it's counterpart. I've no piercings but think it's a result football on Saturday?

Get seen now: A swollen painful earlobe, especially if tight, firm swelling, from injury needs to be seen right away so you do not develop a permanent deformity (cauliflower ear). See http://www. Webmd. Com/skin-problems-and-treatments/cauliflower-ear-symptoms-causes-treatments
Protective headgear prevents this from happening more often now. ...Read more

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There is a weird formation in my ear. What do you think this is? There's no redness and it's been there for about a month. It just started hurting recently. It's a lump in the lobe of my ear.

Lump ear lobule: Lobular lumps are commonly one of two things- scar tissue or sebaceous cysts. With the recent history of pain. You can be developing an infection. See your primary care doctor for management. ...Read more

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Why is my left ear suddenly red, hot, and burning? Redness is mostly on scalpa, helix, and anthelix. Not so much on lobe

Why is my left ear suddenly red, hot, and burning? Redness is mostly on scalpa, helix, and anthelix. Not so much on lobe

Possibly flushing: This could simply be flushing, or blushing, some people seem to do this more in their ears. If it is painful for a while, you could be showing signs of relapsing polychondritis. This sometimes shows up in the throat as well. Different areas of cartilage can become inflamed for no apparent reason in this disease. If this is happening, see an ENT or a rheumatologist ...Read more

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Soare thoat and ear lobe numbness. Thoat feels swollen and I feel irraitable. At night when I lay down I feel hungry but not when I'm up or sitting?

Soare thoat and ear lobe numbness. Thoat feels swollen and I feel irraitable. At night when I lay down I feel hungry but not when I'm up or sitting?

Sore throat: You need to see your doctor to rule out strep throat. In the meantime, you can take a pain reliever, gargle with warm saltwater and suck on chloraseptic lozenges (it also comes in a spray). ...Read more