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My Left Ear Is Swalling And Hurts
Doctor can evaluate: An ear infection on the inside of the eardrum is a "middle ear" infection, and can start when a person gets congestion from allergies, colds, or sinusitis. An ear infection on the outside of the eardrum is an "outer ear" infection or "swimmer's ear", which is caused by moisture in the outer ear canal that allows skin germs to grow and multiply in the skin. Other causes of pain are possible. ...Read more
Since last night I've had a pain behind my left ear that gets worse when I move my head to the right. It also hurts when I press down on the area.?
Left ear woke me friday morning with loud ringing. Now it feels full but no ring, hurts every so often don't have wax or loud events. What is cause?
Doctor can check it: I ear that feels full, and doesn't go back to normal in a day, should be checked by a primary care doctor. The same goes for an ear that has off and on pain. The primary care doctor may refer to an ENT specialist if needed. There may be ear fluid behind the eardrum or a middle ear infection. In a few cases, doctors find an insect in the ear. ...Read more
Eustachian tube: Your eustachian tube may be partially blocked leading to a painless/painful pop ; crack when swallowing (similar to sensation when driving up/down mountain or airplane takeoff/landing). It can be aggravated by allergies and/or upper respiratory infections. You may get some relief w/otc antihistamines ; decongestants. If this doesn't help, go see your family doc for possible middle ear infection. ...Read more
See your doctor: Have your doctor look at your ear to see what may be causing this. ...Read more
I feel like there is something in my left ear. It hurts more when stressed. What is causing this?
Depends: It would require more information to properly answer you. But, if this is a new problem, you should have your ear checked to make sure there is nothing in there. Such as ear wax. Another reason could be that you have fluid that has built up behind your ear drum because your eustachian tubes are congested. Or, you could even have TMJ causing a full feeling in your ear. ...Read more
Why do I have a little bump inside my left ear and it hurts when I touch it and it feels kind of hot?
When cold wind blows over my left ear, my ear hurts, sometimes for up to two weeks. Only happens with left ear. Possible causes?
Maybe infection: There may be fluid and an infection. This is something your physician can evaluate ...Read more
My left ear was muffled for about 15 mins like it just needed to be popped, but now it hurts at about a 7 and I can’t hear from it.?
Otitis media problem: Suggest see an ENT specialist to correctly diagnose and treat. ...Read more
In my left ear whenever I touch my tragus on the inside or outside it hurts terribly. It's been like this only in that ear for about 2-3 weeks.?
This needs an exam: This symptom suggests infection to me, an abscess or skin infection most likely. A skilled professional. .. easily could be your family doctor. Needs to take a good look, and if necessary refer you to an ENT specialist if there is any question about what it is. Please go in or make the appointment ASAP. 2-3 weeks is enough already! Good wishes:) ...Read more
I have an intermittent pulse in left ear. Noticed it after a swim in pool 2 months ago. It doesn't hurt, but is very distracting. What should I do?
Have it looked at: Simply enough have someone look in your ear, preferably an ENT doctor. It could be as simple as moist wax. ...Read more
I woke up w/pain behind and in front of the outside of my left ear. It hurts to touch these areas and to tug on my earlobe. What could be going on?
Inflammation: It could be inflamed, if you slept on it that night. You could have some hard wax in the canal that got compressed from sleeping on it, causing irritation. This would usually cause blockage in the ear. Some people grind their teeth in their sleep and they don't know it and that can cause intense pain, mild swelling around the affected jaw joint next to the ear. Outer ear infections drain pus. ...Read more
I have 2 large knots behind my left ear and 1 knot behind the other. All knots r bout the size of pea. Have had them for yrs. & doesn't hurt. Help Plz?
Lymph nodes: They are lymph nodes. Little sacks that contain immune cells that sit and wait for fluid that contains something they consider foreign and then activate. Postauricular lymph nodes they are called. Sometimes when lymph glands enlarge, they do not decrease back to normal sizes. ...Read more
If you are like....: ....Many 18 year olds, you listen to the music too loud; my educated guess would be you wear headphones too. You may have traumatized the ear drum. Try keeping the ear buds out of your ears and listening quietly for a few days. Allow it time to heal without further trauma. ...Read more
See a dermatologist: It is difficult to make a proper diagnosis since I am not there to see the condition. I recommend seeing a dermatologist so that they can make a proper diagnosis and give you something to get rid of the condition or relieve symptoms. ...Read more
Try some pain meds:
Hopefully its nothing serious and a little bit of tylenol (acetaminophen) or Ibuprofen can get things calmed down. Unfortunately, with ear infections, direct visualization helps us guide treatment.
Your other option is to try tele-health. If the history is suggestive enough, some treatment can be offered to you. ...Read more
Ear pain: Sounds like infection. Need to see healthcare provider and have this checked out. Good Luck ...Read more