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26,female.Front top upper outer ear where connects to head swollen/pain.No diet change,wound.Noticed slight hearing loss w/headphone same ear weeks b4?

26,female.Front top upper outer ear where connects to head swollen/pain.No diet change,wound.Noticed slight hearing loss w/headphone same ear weeks b4?

Cellulitis: tenderness, swelling and redness are signs of infections. if you wear headphones a lot, they may be a source of pathogenic bacteria. Use hot compresses on the area at least three times a day. Keep it dry otherwise. Clean your headphones with alcohol and don't use them for a few days. if it worsens, see a doctor. ...Read more

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Ear yanked hard 10/8.Tender bump at post opening to canal is like broken nose septum would jut into nostril.Ache.Ear lift yields old canal shape. Do?

Ear yanked hard 10/8.Tender bump at post opening to canal is like broken nose septum would  jut into nostril.Ache.Ear lift yields old canal shape. Do?

See your doctor: This problem can only be solved by seeing your doctor and being evaluated face-to-face. After a thorough examination, your doctor should be able to tell you what's wrong and what to do about it. ...Read more

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Cracking/crunching sound in knees (both) when bending and small lump (1cm diameter) just above knee.

Cracking/crunching sound in knees (both) when bending and small lump (1cm diameter) just above knee.

Knee sounds: Most often knee sounds (called crepitus) are from arthritis - the wearing out of cartilage in the knee. Bumps are more varied, but may represent fluid from arthritis, loose pieces of cartilage in the knee. Bumps that grow should be shared with you doctor. ...Read more

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Does cotton ball in the ear help ear infection?

Does cotton ball in the ear help ear infection?

No: This will actually help trap moisture and provide a better growth medium for a bacterial infection. ...Read more

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Can U change shape of nose w/o surgery? afraid made mine longer, bump bigger.Pinched it, held breath a few times, glasses nose pads pushed down on tip

Can U change shape of nose w/o surgery? afraid made mine longer, bump bigger.Pinched it, held breath a few times, glasses nose pads pushed down on tip

NO: You should probably CONSULT with a Board Certified Plastic surgeon for an opinion re: the suitability for surgical treatment. Hope this is helpful Dr Z ...Read more

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Can ear lobes be stretched by pulling on them? I know heavy earrings can stretch the lobes but can manual pulling stretch them?

Can ear lobes be stretched by pulling on them? I know heavy earrings can stretch the lobes but can manual pulling stretch them?

If constant: Constant pulling would act as a weight, and would eventually stretch the lobe..So do not pull the lobes. ...Read more

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Cysts in hair, lower jaw, behind ear, over top of eye, nose bridge, both underarms, waist line, groin, around anal area would be diagnosed as?

Cysts in hair, lower jaw, behind ear, over top of eye, nose bridge, both underarms, waist line, groin, around anal area would be diagnosed as?

Warts: Human papilloma virus causes papillomas that can spread in the body. If you have so many you should see your primary care and check your immune system and an HIV test. ...Read more

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Small soft ball behind ear, dangerous?

Small soft ball behind ear, dangerous?

Not likely: An asymptomatic ball or nodiule in that location is likely to be a benign lipoma, a fatty tumor of no pathologic significance. These sometimes enlarge and can be easily removed if it bothers you but these will cause no illness. ...Read more

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Posterior calf tight. Vein inch above Achilles bulging and pinching. Feels like rubber band around calf several inches above bulge vein. No trauma. ?

Posterior calf tight. Vein inch above Achilles bulging and pinching. Feels like rubber band around calf several inches above bulge vein. No trauma. ?

Get eval: If painful and problematic, best for you to get an eval. May be phlebitis, muscle sprain, tendon sprain/injury, may be a dvt. Without an exam tough to say, best wishes. ...Read more

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Eustachian tube blockage in my right ear in Feb.Yawned a lot to stabilized pressure. Developed left ear quivering; voices, noises vibrate. Annoying,?

 Eustachian tube blockage in my right ear in Feb.Yawned a lot to stabilized pressure. Developed left ear quivering; voices, noises vibrate. Annoying,?

ENT: I am wondering if you have seen an ENT specialist for an evaluation of your symptoms. If so, what did they say? If not, make an appointment with one right away so that hopefully you can finally get some relief. ...Read more

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Small lumps (5mm at a guess) on borderline between leg tendon behind knee and muscle. Soft, move if pushed. What are they?

Small lumps (5mm at a guess) on borderline between leg tendon behind knee and muscle. Soft, move if pushed. What are they?

Need to check them: They do not sound like anything serious from your description, but they concern you and no one can know for sure without checking. ...Read more

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Small lump in ear lobe, ball like, next to pierced ear. hurts alittle bit when pressed? seems to in reds in size as well.

Small lump in ear lobe, ball like, next to pierced ear. hurts alittle bit when pressed? seems to in reds in size as well.

Piercing infection: Sounds like the piercing got infected. Remove the earring (you can re-pierce it later if the piercing closes up). If you can gently express any pus from the area through the piercing hole, that will help it heal. You can use a warm compress to help get the pus out and for comfort. If it doesn't clear up in a few days, or starts looking worse, you may need antibiotics. ...Read more

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59 yr old female. Ear pain, bad pressure, malformed eustachian tube. Need tube in ear. Hate needles. Are any needles involved? Help

59 yr old female. Ear pain, bad pressure, malformed eustachian tube. Need tube in ear.  Hate needles.
Are any needles involved?  Help

Ear tube: This involves a cut in your ear drum. This can be done with a topical anesthesia but you must hold still. If you cannot and are very nervous this can be done under general anesthesia. ...Read more

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Painless, Hard 1cm wide lump, behind ear, on the neck close to where the skull meets, Sometimes aches. Hasn't changed size for over a year. I'm 22?

Painless, Hard 1cm wide lump, behind ear, on the neck close to where the skull meets,
Sometimes aches. Hasn't changed size for over a year. I'm 22?

I've got 2 of them: I've got 2 of these things in the same place as you since age 9. They didn't turn out to be anything hazardous or important...wouldn't you agree? They are common and can be anything from a calcific lymph node to a small benign bony growth called an exostosis or osteoma. All harmless. By all means have it checked out though. Or if you'd like to show me one: www.healthtap.com/drsaghafi ...Read more

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Can nose picking make nose go bigger just as a stretched ear lobe (Piercing)? If not, how could the ear lobe be stretched?

Can nose picking make nose go bigger just as a stretched ear lobe (Piercing)? If not, how could the ear lobe be stretched?

Of course. Like all: tissues, as they are torn down & rebuilt, life long, new structure is based on previous structure combined with both internal controls (still poorly understood) and external forces. Rebuilding, restructuring of nose tissues follow same principles, structure over time powerfully influenced by both degree and persistence of external inputs altering physical structure, as in plastic surgery, etc. ...Read more

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Half golf ball size tender bump on back of head behind left ear-no trauma. Swollen lymph nodes in that area & stiff neck. Blood work came back normal.

Half golf ball size tender bump on back of head behind left ear-no trauma. Swollen lymph nodes in that area & stiff neck. Blood work came back normal.

See doctor: You need to talk to your doctor about this especially if it has been present for more than a couple of weeks. I am concerned about the stiff neck which may signal meningitis. Blood tests do not detect all infections especially those in isolated areas. ...Read more