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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

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Upper outer ear (skin, not inside/canal) suddenly red and throbbing. Can this be like acne or a clogged pore? Can I presume it will go away soon?

Upper outer ear (skin, not inside/canal) suddenly red and throbbing. Can this be like acne or a clogged pore? Can I presume it will go away soon?

Yes: Can be related to Acne pimple or other possible infection. Using topical acne cream twice a day along with hot compress several times a day may help. If no improvement or worse in the next 2 to 3 days, see your doctor for evaluation. ...Read more

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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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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?

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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Headache and throbbing in ear. What is wrong? What can I take?

Headache and throbbing in ear. What is wrong? What can I take?

See doctor: If you have throbbing in you ear and a headache it could be an infection. Try Ibuprofen until you can be seen to relieve the pain. ...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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Been sick for a couple days ears blocked. Earlier today I noticed anything audio sounds robotic. Throbbing pain in ears. Sensitive to noises. Dr yorn?

Been sick for a couple days ears blocked. Earlier today I noticed anything audio sounds robotic. Throbbing pain in ears. Sensitive to noises. Dr yorn?

Yes see MD: Any change in hearing should be evaluated to help reduce the chance of permanent damage. See your physician or otolaryngologist (ear, nose ; throat doctor). ...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?

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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Throbbing on ear and then blocked sensation, what can it be?

Infection?: Dear IMArks, this may be an infection. Your ear needs to be examined and unfortunately, we cannot do that virtually. You might indeed consider visiting a doctor's office. ...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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I have throbbing inside my right ear. What does this tell me?

See your PCP: If you have an ear infection, there will considerable pain, and the throbbing will be felt deep inside your ear. See your doctor for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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My ear is infected and throbbing, how can I stop the throbbing?

My ear is infected and throbbing, how can I stop the throbbing?

Antibiotics: The throbbing is a result of the fluid/pus and the "pulse pressure" within the ear from the blood vessles that line the middle ear. Pain can be helped with 1) motrin/tylenol 2) topical anesthetic (auralgan (benzocaine and antipyrine) - rx only) 3) antibiotics. ...Read more

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What to do if I have ear pain! How to help treat the throbbing?

Ear pain: Take some Motrin. Try to 'pop' the ears by grabbing your nose and blowing hard. This will put air into the middle ear space and may alleviate the pain if it is due to your eustAchian tube being closed. The Motrin will help the pain either from an infection or if it is your joint by the ear causing the pain. If you put your fingers in your ears and open the jaw and it is painful it could be TMJ ...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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Experiencing constant throbbing and swirling in ear. Keeps me from sleep and concentrating and it never stops. Headaches worse by day?

Sounds like: You need to have your Primary Care Provider check for ear wax)Cerumen) which combined with water (eg: from hair washing) can give you this kind of symptomatology!

Hope this helps!

Dr Z ...Read more

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Throbbing pain that starts in right ear- radiates to front/back right sided head- intense but comes and goes. What is it- any cause for concern?

Throbbing pain that starts in right ear- radiates to front/back right sided head- intense but comes and goes. What is it- any cause for concern?

See Your Doctor: Ear pain can result from a problem either in the ear itself or from elsewhere in the upper respiratory tract. Infection &/or fluid within the ear is common following head colds. Sinus tract infection can cause ear & head pain. These are treatable conditions however diagnosis is difficult without visual inspection. Infections require antibiotics. See your doctor for correct diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Sudden onset of sharp throbbing pain 24 hrs. Ago in the concha of my lef outter ear, same pain 1 hr. Later on left side of my head near the crown.?

Sinus or tooth....: Given the short description of symptoms, several possibilities come to mind. You could have an ear or sinus infection that is referring pain to your tooth. Or you could have toothache that is referring pain to your ear. Best to see your md or dds to rule out either or both. An xray of your tooth is needed. ...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