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Why does my ear canal hurt? It hurts to even touch the entrance of it.

Why does my ear canal hurt? It hurts to even touch the entrance of it.

Possibly infection.: Your symptoms sound classic for "swimmer's ear," or otitis externa. (You don't have to swim to get it. Anyone can.) An exam by a doctor can tell for sure. This type of infection is cured by antibiotic ear drops, but it is safest to use only AFTER a medical provider has examined you to make sure your eardrum is healthy first. Please see a doctor! Good luck and feel better! ...Read more

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Sore and itchy throat, one of my inner ear canal hurting and itching, sneezing, coughing, and watery eyes.

Sore and itchy throat, one of my inner ear canal hurting and itching, sneezing, coughing, and watery eyes.

Allergies vs Cold: It sounds like you could have one of two things going on- a cold or allergies. Your symptoms are consistent with seasonal allergies, hitting you all at once, which is no fun. You might try an over the counter med like claritin, (loratadine) zyrtec, or Allegra to see if this helps. You may also need prescription medications to help control your symptoms. If it continues past 1-2 weeks, see your doctor. ...Read more

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I have a bump in my ear canal. It slightly hurts. What can it be?

I have a bump in my ear canal. It slightly hurts. What can it be?

See doctor: Painful bump in ear can be wax, small boil or cyst or foreign body or growths in ear .Examination is needed to know for sure what it is . See your doctor . ...Read more

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Twenty minutes ago, I hit my head hard and felt a little disoriented after the impact. Now my left ear canal is hurting. Should I be concerned?

Twenty minutes ago, I hit my head hard and felt a little disoriented after the impact. Now my left ear canal is hurting. Should I be concerned?

You should : You should first and foremost rest. This might be a minor concussion, and rest is imperative. If the pain, persists, or you feel dizzy, or you get nausea or vomiting, or your behavior is unusual, please ask someone to take you to the Emergency room ...Read more

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Hi. I have a small black mole in my external ear canal. It doesnt hurt. Have been like this for a while. What could it be?

Hi. I have a small black mole in my external ear canal. It doesnt hurt. Have been like this for a while. What could it be?

Dermatology: Hard to tell you on the internet without having a picture of it. I would have it further evaluated by a dermatologist and determine if it is benign or if it should be excised/biopsied. ...Read more

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2nd day of sharp pain deep inside ear canal and it hurts to touch on outside by earlobe. What can this be?

2nd day of sharp pain deep inside ear canal and it hurts to touch on outside by earlobe. What can this be?

Outer ear infection: The key to the diagnosis here is that the ear lobe hurts when you move it. I suspect that you have an ear infection within the outer ear canal. Pulling on the earlobe causes pain because it creates traction on the ear canal. An outer ear infection or inflammation is quite common in warm weather or with water exposure. If it gets worse, you will need antibiotic ear drops from a doctor or pharmacy. ...Read more

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Inner ear canal pain. Doesn't hurt constantly but often. Sharp. Hurts when push on tragus too. Mostly right eat sometimes both. Flying in 6 days...

Need exam: Your symptoms sound like you might have temporomandibular joint pain dysfunction or TMD. If you can pinch your nose and pop your ears, you should be okay to fly, but you should have someone check you for TMD as this is a very common disorder and it's very treatable. Good luck and happy flying. ...Read more

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Why after eating a lot of food it causes inner ear to hurt with feeling of pain and pressure deep in the ear canal of both ears?

Ear pain: A bit less common. However, various things may be the cause. Overeating can reflux, depending on how badly and your personal symptoms because the anatomy of the eustachian tubes in the throat acid can actually enter the canals. Tmj, sore jaw joint from simply chewing too much food, may give a sense of ear pain. This isn't straight fwd ; is going to require an exam from your doc. Best luck! ...Read more

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My friend is concerned she might have cancer. She feels tired, neck hurts and swollen lymph nodes under jaw and neck and breast. One ear canal is inflamed and back of skull on one side is sore. Her sinuses are clear. Dry throat but not sore.

My friend is concerned she might have cancer. She feels tired, neck hurts and swollen lymph nodes under jaw and neck and breast. One ear canal is inflamed and back of skull on one side is sore. Her sinuses are clear. Dry throat but not sore.

?cancer: while what you have described above looks like an infection. Anyone who is concerned that they may have cancer should go to be seen by their doctor. even if its revealed to be an infection - its worth it for peace of mind ...Read more