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Outer Ear Sores
Skin flora: It's the same as anywhere else on the skin. There are a number of bacteria. The most common are staph epidermidis and other staph species. Strep mitis is frequent and strep pyogenes is less common. Priopionobacterium is common as is acintobacter. There are others that are not as frequent. Fungal growth from candida is also very common and there are other fungi to a lesser degree. ...Read more
Cellulitis / allergy: Cellulitis is a skin condition characterized by redness, warmth and swelling often following an injury or bite. Treatment is with prescription oral antibiotics. Sometimes an exaggerated immune response to an insect bite can cause similar symptoms, but this will generally resolve with an oral antihistamine. ...Read more
Long lasting pain surrounding outer ear. Painful to bend down and lasts for a few days. Has happened in the past but nothing has ever been found.
Itchy outer ear: Hello. Using cold compresses to the ear will immediately help to reduce ear itching and redness. Using a steroid cream on a 2x/day for no longer than 14 days will help to resolve the itching. Also a medication like Benadryl (diphenhydramine) will resolve the itching rather quickly. ...Read more
Outer ear auricle:
At one time in our development, the outer ear used to be as big as an elephant's auricle.
The purpose of all of the structures of the outer ear are to funnel sound waves down the canal towards the eardrum.
A equally good question is why do we have ear wax to clutter the entire system up? ...Read more
Itchy ear: An itchy ear can have many causes. You may have dry skin, be reacting to something that's touching your ear or it could be a discrete skin condition like eczema or psoriasis. A fungal infection is also possible. I suggest that you see your doctor to examine your ear (s) to see if there are discrete lesions/ rash or color change noticeable. In the mean time, try not to scratch your ear. ...Read more
Hello dr my age is 22 and I have so much hair in my inner and outer ear. How do I stop is permanentely?
Would encourage: You to see a dermatologist.Get a more detailed answer ›
Many possibilities: There are many types and causes of skin blisters. Several types of inflammatory conditions of the skin, allergic reactions, and sometimes bacterial, viral or fungal infections can cause blisters on the skin. Insect bites can also cause blisters. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more
Infection: Usually swollen red area could be infection with pus formation. Use neosporin oint locally if you want cover with k-tape and apply heat will soften the area and will be able to drain pus. Mark the redness area with marker pen if this gets bigger get help from your doctor for incision, drainage and oral antibiotics. ...Read more
Rule out infection: Many things can cause outer ear pain. It is important to make sure there is no outer ear infection by seeing your family doctor or ear, nose and throat doc. Absent infection, small inflammatory, benign lesions can be painful. Lastly, some individuals will have sensitive outer ears becausee there is little fat (cushioning). If that is the case, finding the appropriate pillow can help. ...Read more
In my outer ear there is some sort of infection it does not pain. But it irritates me so much. When I clean it becomes again...Why it is?
Ear Infection: This could be an allergy to your pillow or detergent or other issues. See an ENT or skin specilist to make a diagnosis. ...Read more
How far away from the outer ear are the preauricular lymph nodes? Are they against the outer ear and more over.
Preauricular lymph n: Usually in the preauricular sulcus in front of the ear and up to a couple of centimeters anterior to this. I hope that helped. ...Read more
My son Noe has a rash and ishing on right outer ear he has two weeks with this rash never had any rash before can it be herpes?
I am having pain in my ear from 7-8 months. It increases when I do travelling and hear loud music. But pain is in outer ear and pain more when I touch?
Ear, tmj: External otitis or TMJ seem like possible causes. Have ENT doc check ear, if normal, See TMJ specialist. Any dentist can be a TMJ expert with the proper training and experience. Most commonly, oral surgeons, prosthodontists, and orofacial pain specialists. Ask your MD, your dentist and your dental society for referrals. ...Read more
Yes: We talk about the slapped cheek appearance of patients with fifth's disease but sometimes it can involve ear redness also. Many adults with this condition experience extreme joint pains. If this is the case consult with your doctor ...Read more
Not usually UNLESS: There is a direct communication through perhaps a PERFORATED eardrum and your fingers are contaminated with material from an active lesion of HSV on your ear which by some really miraculous means is washed or sloughed off from your finger and makes it all the way past the eardrum and sets up shop in the middle ear with extension to the cochlea and so forth. Chance of that happening? NEAR ZERO. ...Read more
I have a hard pebble sized lump on my outer ear cartilage. It doesn't hurt. Is this something to worry about?
My child is 19 month old her outer ear on the top seems to be red and blistering is there something I can do for this?
See your DR.: Neosporin is not only useless, it is a common sensitizer causing allergic reactions. Same for bacitracin. Studies clearly show that they neither cure nor prevent infections. Throw it away. Same for triple antibiotic. Needs to be seen to determine what, if any, treatment might help. ...Read more
I have been having a shooting pain in one spot of my head, chest and outer ear intermittently. What could be the cause of this?
?: Those pains are so random it is hard to say what is the cause but most likely not anything to be concerned about. ...Read more
I have a spot in my outer ear that has been there for a few months and sometimes a liquid comes out my ear and some blood. Is it serious?
Need a physicical ex: You need to have either a dermatologist or an otolaryngologist take a look at your ear. ...Read more
I believe I was bit by an insect/bug in 2 places on my right outer ear & is extremely red, swollen, weeping, and throbbing. What can I do?
Bug bites: You should see a physician because it sounds like you may have developed an infection and you may need antibiotics ...Read more