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My right ear tragus is swollen and feels hard it is hurting, i also feel a wound or scratch in my ear if touch behind the tragus inside the ear.

My right ear tragus is swollen and feels hard it is hurting, i also feel a wound or scratch in my ear if touch behind the tragus inside the ear.

Ear swollen : The symptoms you describe sound like an infection from an insect bite. Would recommend being examined and be sure there is no abscess formation and whether you need antibiotics Hope you feel better soon ...Read more

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My lower jaw, behind the left ear, is swollen, and painful..What is it?

My lower jaw, behind the left ear, is swollen, and painful..What is it?

See doctor: Can be swollen gland or muscular. See your doctor to check the swelling to see where it is located and its cause. ...Read more

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My right ear is blocked and keeps popping. My neck is stiff too?

My right ear is blocked  and keeps popping. My neck is stiff too?

How long?: If it has been a few days, you may have an ear infection. The neck pain on that side can be from swollen lymph nodes. But all of this can also be secondary to TMJ pain in your jaw if you clench or grind your teeth. Let your doctor look at your ear and see what is going on. ...Read more

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My ear is clogged and it hurts. Possible causes?

My ear is clogged and it hurts. Possible causes?

Ear Pain: It may be Otitis Externa or media. You may have an infected and impacted ear canal or fluid in the middle ear causing your symptoms. Without more information, it is not possible to differentiate. I recommend you consult your doctor for an exam and treatment plan. ...Read more

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I was hit on my face and have a swollen ear lobe and tenderness around the ear . The swollen ear lobe is long, thick and floppy . Is this permanent?

 I was hit on my face and have a swollen ear lobe and tenderness around the ear . The swollen ear lobe is long, thick and floppy . Is this permanent?

Hematoma: You could have a hematoma..(collection of blood/bruise)in the soft tissue of the ear lobe. This is very common and if it occurs frequently (as in Boxers) so called "Cauliflower ear" may develop. A single episode is unlikely to produce any permanent changes however! Hope this helps Dr Z ...Read more

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My ear has a lump on the back around my ear piercing but it isn't infected what is it ?

My ear has a lump on the back around my ear piercing but it isn't infected what is it ?

Anything!: Excess scar tissue is a possibility. Could be a benign intradermal cyst. If it does go away, or begins causing pain, time to see your doctor! ...Read more

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Ear has wax and fluid buildup. Doc said no infection but tragus is swollen and ear is hurting. Ear infection?

Ear has wax and fluid buildup. Doc said no infection but tragus is swollen and ear is hurting. Ear infection?

Unlikely: You note ear wax and fluid build up. You note a doctor said no infection. You have pain and think it is infection. It is unlikely that you have an infection but I don't know your age, risks, symptoms beside pain. In the summer it could be that you have build up and pain from allergies. The sneezing and inflammation can cause fluid build up. If persists then revisit your doctor for treatments ...Read more

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I have an ear ache that is on the inside of my ear and my ear feels like there is pressure in my ear. Could this be and ear infection?

I have an ear ache that is on the inside of my ear and my ear feels like there is pressure in my ear.  Could this be and ear infection?

Otitis Media?: Pressure feeling in the inside of ear could represent just fluid in the middle ear or viral infection secondary to upper respiratory tract infection. Usually self limited disease unless start having marked pain, fever, hearing problem then seek medical attention. Sometimes bacterial infection can complicate the problem on top of viral infection. Usually more common at younger age, boys ...Read more

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I have a painful swollen knot behind my ear and my ear and throat is bothering me a little bit. What is this?

I have a painful swollen knot behind my ear and my ear and throat is bothering me a little bit. What is this?

Doctor can check: New throat pain can be from a strep throat infection (antibiotics are needed), a cold or influenza (antibiotics usually not used), or from some other cause such as allergies or irritants. Throat pain and ear pain sometimes happen together. Usually, a person sees the doctor if the sore ear or throat is bothersome, recurrent, or doesn't go away quickly (mainly to check for bacterial infection). ...Read more

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I had distorted hearing in one of my ears, ear ache, occasionally itchy, and drainage into my nose. Is it possible it's an ear infection?

I had distorted hearing in one of my ears, ear ache, occasionally itchy, and drainage into my nose. Is it possible it's an ear infection?

Cannot diagnose: Without seeing you and examining you it is impossible to say what is going on. It is certainly possible that you have an ear infection, but in addition to an exam would need a full history before being able to make a diagnosis. Go and be seen. ...Read more

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My right ear is plugged and has a throbbing motor sound to it?

My right ear is plugged and has a throbbing motor sound to it?

?Ear infection?: Symptoms of an ear infection can range from ear pain to sensation of a plugged ear. The pain may be a throbbing pain and it can be accompanied by tinnitus, which is the perception of sound in the absence of an external stimulus. It may be time to see a doctor. ...Read more

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My ear is sensitive, and sore but my pain is close to the outside of my ear. it is swollen what is this?

My ear is sensitive, and sore but my pain is close to the outside of my ear. it is swollen what is this?

"swimmers ear": You may have an Otits Externa (OE), commonly known as a "swimmers ear." Call you doctor as this is ver treatable, best wishes. ...Read more

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Left ear not producing any wax. Recently had an ear infection in my left ear and now my left ear is itchy and not producing any wax. Right ear is fine?

Left ear not producing any wax. Recently had an ear infection in my left ear and now my left ear is itchy and not producing any wax. Right ear is fine?

External otitis: Many of us would term this chronic external otitis. It's basically a condition of the skin of your ear canal. It is frequently caused by cleaning the ears too much, usually with a q tip. I frequently treat this with a steroid cream, used two or three nights a week. See an ENT to have the ear checked out and make recommendations. ...Read more

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I have a painful lump behind my jaw and behind my ear>what is it?

probably an ...: Inflamed lymph node. The tail of the parotid also extends to this area and may cause your problem. See an ent. ...Read more