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What normal flora are found on the outer ear?

What normal flora are found on the outer ear?

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

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How can I treat a bug bite that has caused my outer ear to swell?

How can I treat a bug bite that has caused my outer ear to swell?

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

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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.

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.

Nerve problem?: You could have a problem either with your TMJ (temporomandibular joint) or the nerve (trigeminal) in the area of your ear. See an ENT for evaluation. ...Read more

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How do I stop an itchy outer ear?

How do I stop an itchy outer ear?

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

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What's the purpose of the outer ear auricle?

What's the purpose of the outer ear auricle?

Outer ear auricle: At one time in our development, the outer ear used to be as big as an elephant's auricle.
Only kidding.
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

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What can I do for extreme pain in outer ear?

Infection: Extreme pain can mean infection or inflammation. Is there swelling around the ear? You can try applying some ice and over the counter pain killers. If it has been on going for few hours, call your pcp. ...Read more

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Lately I'm experiencing frequent itchy outer ear?

Lately I'm experiencing frequent itchy outer ear?

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

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What can I do/take for extreme pain in outer ear?

What can I do/take for extreme pain in outer ear?

See an ent doctor: If the pain is that extreme see a doctor to find tjhe cause and treat it properly. ...Read more

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What may cause an outer ear blister?

What may cause an outer ear blister?

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

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Lesion on outer ear red and swollen?

Lesion on outer ear red and swollen?

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

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What causes outer ear pain when laying on it?

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

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What do you recommend for ear pain? (on the outer ear)

What do you recommend for ear pain? (on the outer ear)

Motrin: I would start with Ibuprofen - if it does not resolve - see your local family doctor. ...Read more

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Is there anything to worry about if a child has a red swollen outer ear?

Is there anything to worry about if a child has a red swollen outer ear?

Outer ear swollen: This could be otitis externa, an outer ear infection which is relatively easy to treat but the concern here is that there is an infection in the mastoid, which could be a very severe problem. You need to see an otolaryngologist as soon as possible. ...Read more

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I have really itchy outer ear canal?

I have really itchy outer ear canal?

Itchy ears,: Commonest is from dry canal skin, like dandruff, either from lack of wax, psoriasis, shampoo settling and drying in your canal, avoiding Q tips, not letting in soap or shampoo, cover the ears when having your hair done, and, seek help, in way of ear drops, ...Read more

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How far away from the outer ear are the preauricular lymph nodes? Are they against the outer ear and more over.

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

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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?

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

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Is there a good cure for an outer ear infection?

Is there a good cure for an outer ear infection?

Antibiotic drops: Usually drops are used, as well keeping the ear dry (no water exposure). ...Read more

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Can Fifths disease rash spread to the ear? Not behind the ear, but the outer ear?

Can Fifths disease rash spread to the ear? Not behind the ear, but the outer ear?

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

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Can you spread hsv1 to your inner ear (nerves, cochlea) by touching your outer ear?

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

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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?

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

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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?

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