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I get intense pain and swelling in the tragus of my left ear?

I get intense pain and swelling in the tragus of my left ear?

TMJ Dysfunction: You may have either an infection of the tragus or inflammation of the jaw joint which is just underneath the tragus. Seek the attention of an otolaryngologist. He/she will be able to differentiate the cause for you. ...Read more

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Sometimes I experience a sharp pain near my anti-tragus and and behind my ear and kind of down my neck and when I push my Tragus down the pain gets worse and sharper, what could this be? It's been happening randomly for awhile now, like years..

Sometimes I experience a sharp pain near my anti-tragus and and behind my ear and kind of down my neck and when I push my Tragus down the pain gets worse and sharper, what could this be? It's been happening randomly for awhile now, like years..

Ear sensitivity: It sounds like you have an area of specific sensitivity, and stimulating it cause a radiated pain.
This is likely a normal variation, and reflects referred pain from the site that is stimulated. If you have redness, tenderness, fever, or see any red streaks, do get this evaluated by your doctor. ...Read more

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Pain in tragus and bad hearing within inner ear. Small lumps along jawline down to around cheekbones. Jaw pain and stiffness. History of ear infection.

Pain in tragus and bad hearing within inner ear. Small lumps along jawline down to around cheekbones. Jaw pain and stiffness. History of ear infection.

Likely ear infection: If you have had multiple ear infections, you could have something more serious occurring, such as a cholesteatoma. I would recommend seeing your physician. ...Read more

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I have a hard pea size bump on the right side of my head near the tragus of the ear. It is a little sore if touched.

I have a hard pea size bump on the right side of my head near the tragus of the ear. It is a little sore if touched.

Needs evaluation: In all likelihood, it is an inclusion cyst but it would be best if you had it checked by your Primary Care. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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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.?

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

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I'm experiencing side head pain when I push my ear tragus down, what could this be?

I'm experiencing side head pain when I push my ear tragus down, what could this be?

Nerve connections: Your tragus is primarily cartilage which is innervated by a branch of your trigeminal nerve which continues up the side of your head. Any inflammation in this area or pressure points to the tragus can cause "referred" pain because of the anatomical connection. Pain which persists more than 5-7 days in the same area should be evaluated by an ENT doctor. ...Read more

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Pounding in the ear after getting my Tragus pierced how can I get that to go away and what is causing it?

Pounding in the ear after getting my Tragus pierced how can I get that to go away and what is causing it?

Inflammation: You didn't say how long after piercing you noted symptoms. Sounds like either inflammation or infection. Have MD evaluate the area. ...Read more

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I have no piercings but my tragus part of the ear really hurts and there are no bumbs redness or spots there.

I have no piercings but my tragus part of the ear really hurts and there are no bumbs redness or spots there.

Slept on it: That is the cartilage part of the ear very sensitive to any pressure
if you slept on it and kept extra pressure on the cartilage it will be painful.
apply heat pad on the area.
if the pain does not go away see a doctor. ...Read more

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My left ear (Tragus) hurts badly when touched layed on or when I put headphones in. Not swollen and I can hear perfectly what's happening?

My left ear (Tragus) hurts badly when touched layed on or when I put headphones in. Not swollen and I can hear perfectly what's happening?

Infection?: You may have a slight cellulitis on the area possibly from head phones or scratching the area. Any infected piercing there? I would have it examined start warm soaks but see a doctor asap because you may need an antibiotic or drainage if its infected. IT would not affect your hearing at this stage ...Read more

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Inner ear canal pain. Doesn't hurt constantly but often. Sharp. Hurts when push on tragus too. Mostly right eat sometimes both. Flying in 6 days...

Need exam: Your symptoms sound like you might have temporomandibular joint pain dysfunction or TMD. If you can pinch your nose and pop your ears, you should be okay to fly, but you should have someone check you for TMD as this is a very common disorder and it's very treatable. Good luck and happy flying. ...Read more

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My ear hurts really bad, inside and out. The tragus hurts, my ear feels like its blocked, it hurts to pull on the earlobe, the surrounding area hurts?

My ear hurts really bad, inside and out. The tragus hurts, my ear feels like its blocked, it hurts to pull on the earlobe, the surrounding area hurts?

Go to urgent care/MD: The symptoms you describe are likely related to an external ear infection most likely and possible middle ear infection. These are best treated with a good examination and possible cleaning of the ear canal, ear drops, and to avoid water in the ear. You should go to your local urgent care, your primary physician or see an ENT doctor as soon as possible to get the right diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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On Sunday night my ear on the Tragus realy hurts and now it's red and sore what is this?

On Sunday night my ear on the Tragus realy hurts and now it's red and sore what is this?

Local infection: Sounds like this is a local infection. May want to see your doc if local warm packs do not resolve this quickly or if you find it is spreading. ...Read more

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Pain im my right ear. My tragus is swollen but there is no fluid coming out or any discharge. It is just painful and uncomfortable.

Pain im my right ear. My tragus is swollen but there is no fluid coming out or any discharge. It is just painful and uncomfortable.

Ear Infection: Most likely Inflammation of soft tissue involving Tragus, External ear infection there is a pain on pressing to pulling of the Pinna of the ear and Tragus. Middle ear infection causes pain, may be associated with URI symptoms. Ear discharge can happen in ext & Middle ear infection (with perforation). Get examined by the doctor for proper Diagnosis. Avoid swimming/ water inside ear till then. ...Read more

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Hi my left ear hurts where my tragus is and it dosent go all the way down its just at the top but at the top of my jaw line what could it be?

Hi my left ear hurts where my tragus is and it dosent go all the way down its just at the top but at the top of my jaw line what could it be?

Your age & location?: Please ask your question again & fill out essential details on your profile, like your age and location. The list of causes of a symptom or disease can vary by region or country and by age group and gender. Plus, you must be 16 to post on this forum (be honest!). Also when asking the question, tell us how long has your ear been hurting? Do you use Q-tips? Have you been swimming? So ask again. ...Read more

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3 month history of pruitis around eyebows, ears (pina, tragus). Dry and sometimes flaky eyebrows. No prior history of skin disorders, dermatitis, eczema etc?

3 month history of pruitis around eyebows, ears (pina, tragus). Dry and sometimes flaky eyebrows. No prior history of skin disorders, dermatitis, eczema etc?

Seborrheic Derm: Seborrheic dermatitis can occur on different body areas. Usually it forms where the skin is oily or greasy. Common areas include the scalp, eyebrows, eyelids, creases of the nose, lips, behind the ears, in the outer ear, and middle of the chest. ...Read more

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So if I had mrsa in my nose a little over a month ago, and I want to get a tragus (ear) piercing, should I be okay to get it?

So if I had mrsa in my nose a little over a month ago, and I want to get a tragus (ear) piercing, should I be okay to get it?

Yes: As long as you are not currently sick with an infection (meaning symptoms such as fever), you're ok for piercing provided you get it done by someone trained, using proper sterile techniques. If it becomes infected, MRSA may be present which makes treatment more difficult and longer. ...Read more

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My whole family has been sick with allergies. Typical allergy stuff until yesterday my right ear has a pain and my tragus feels numb (or full). Fluid?

My whole family has been sick with allergies. Typical allergy stuff until yesterday my right ear has a pain and my tragus feels numb (or full). Fluid?

Not necessarily: The symptoms of ear fullness and tragus pain are not typical allergy symptoms. Typical allergy symptoms would be nasal drainage, congestion, scratchy throat, postnasal drip, itchy, red, watery eyes. Ear fullness may be caused by an ear infection or raised pressure in the eustacian tube connecting the nose with the middle ear, which sometimes can be caused by allergies but not necessarily. ...Read more

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I have a firm bump next to my tragus under the skin. Making the inside of my ear hurt and right side of head hurt.

I have a firm bump next to my tragus under the skin. Making the inside of my ear hurt and right side of head hurt.

Bump: Bump near ear with ear pain could be the beginnings of heroes zoster/shingles. How old are you and can you send a photo ASAP? ...Read more

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I have a bump on my ear a little above my outer Tragus and my inner ear hurts and it feels like there water in it right now. Whay could this be?

I have a bump on my ear a little above my outer Tragus and my inner ear hurts and it feels like there water in it right now. Whay could this be?

Otitis externa: Water left in the ear canals can lead to fungal and/or bacterial infection. The water may get into the ear canals when swimming or showering. See doctor to get this treatment. In the future, put a drop of rubbing alcohol into ear canals if there is water there. But don't this now since this may really hurt you. ...Read more

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I'm 18 I have a small lump (no growth)right Infront of my tragus (ear)it disappears when I open my mouth. It has no pain or symptoms. I also have tonsils.

I'm 18 I have a small lump (no growth)right Infront of my tragus (ear)it disappears when I open my mouth. It has no pain or symptoms. I also have tonsils.

3 possibilities: 1.) Jaw joint disc dislocation

2.) lymph node that moves into the jaw joint when you open your mouth

3.) small growth of parotid gland

recommend you see Head and Neck surgeon for diagnosis. ...Read more

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I'm 18 and have a lump I front of my tragus (ear) it disappears when I open my mouth. I compressed that area with warm water and it has gone down abit?

I'm 18 and have a lump I front of my tragus (ear) it disappears when I open my mouth. I compressed that area with warm water and it has gone down abit?

Possibly: It's possible that you have a "preauricular" (in front of the ear) lymph node. Though this is hard to determine without better understanding any associated symptoms or the actual appearance/feeling of the "lump". You should seek medical attention if this lump does not resolve in the upcoming weeks or gets larger or you develop other symptoms around it. Best of luck. ...Read more

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Got Tragus (cartalige) pierced a week ago. Using a 50% salt watter / 50% hydrogen peroxide solution. Piercing/ear is very itchy. Normal? Any advice?

Got Tragus (cartalige) pierced a week ago. Using a 50% salt watter / 50% hydrogen peroxide solution. Piercing/ear is very itchy. Normal? Any advice?

Stop peroxide: Hydrogen peroxide is not beneficial for any wound and tends to be irritating. Aquaphor or vaseline is OK. Water (a shower) is good for it. Leave it alone, do not spin it. Avoid alcohol, iodine, bacitracin, neosporin as these are never useful on existing wounds and are irritating or sensitizing. If the stud is not surgical steel or 14k gold you may be reacting with allergy to nickel sulfate. ...Read more

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Recently had my tragus pierced and have been rinsing it out in the faucet. Do to this I believe I have swimmers ear, pinna is now warm to touch. Normal?

Recently had my tragus pierced and have been rinsing it out in the faucet. Do to this I believe I have swimmers ear, pinna is now warm to touch. Normal?

Not normal: If you have tenderness, warmth are redness you should see a physician, it sounds like you might have an infection (swimmer's ear is an infection of the ear canal tissue). Areas that have been recently pierced and are not treated aseptically are prone to infection. Good luck! ...Read more

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The tragus on my ear is hurting and my ear is a lil clogged but I can still hear out of it. I put warm water on my tragus and the pain went away alil?

Ear wax: Overload of wax can do this besides an ear infection, get an over the counter ear wax removal kit or put a few drops of mineral oil or vegetable oil in the ear for 2 days, then flush out with warm water over the sink with affected ear down so drains out easy, it may releave it, take excedrin or aleve or ibuprofen and tylenol for pain, if not better see a dr. If sinus congested;flonase/saline ...Read more