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Painful Lump On Ear Canal Symptoms
Swelling in the ear canal. Small lump just inside the ear canal. What could this be? Should I be concerned?
Tender area behind left ear with slightly raised lump on the mastoid bone and dull earache with tenderness in ear canal. Is this dangerous/serious?
Mastoiditis: You need to be seen and examined, preferably by an ENT doctor. This could be very severe and dangerous and you should go asap. Good luck and hope this improves quickly. ...Read more
Otitis externa: Have you been swimming recently? It might be a swimmer's ear (otitis externa) which is a local skin infection of the ear canal. It could also just be a skin infection formed by clogged pore, kind of like a small abscess. I would apply a topical antibiotic like neosporin to the area 3x/day. If it is not improving then you should see the doctor. ...Read more
Strange waxy build up - not in my ear canal, but in the flap (where the helix folds in). Usually dry , sometimes moist, ALWAYS painful to remove?
Dermatitis: It's best that you see your Family Doc or Dermatologist for evaluation. Or ask for video Virtual Consult w/HealthTap doc who can see what you're referring to. Common causes that might explain your post are eczema (sensitive skin) & psoriasis. Or perhaps you have an untreated infection. Regardless, see your doc for evaluation, diagnosis & treatment. Good luck! ...Read more
I left ear is muffled and the ear canal is red but clear of blockage, it is bothersome but not painful or swollen. What could be going on?
See your doctor: This problem can only be solved by seeing your doctor and being evaluated face-to-face. After a thorough examination, your doctor should be able to tell you what's wrong and what to do about it. ...Read more
Bump found in ear canal (near the outside) while q tipping my ears this morning. Hurts when pushed on stung when peroxide applied to it. What is it?
I have a hard pimple (no colour) on my outer ear near my ear canal. The first days it was painful now it's not. I have it for a week. should I worry?
Don't worry: It sounds like you have a small cyst. Do no worry but try applying some warm compresses to it. Put warm water on a washcloth and hold it to your ear a couple times a day. It should resolve on its own in a week or two. If it does not, or if it enlarges see your doctor for further evaluation. ...Read more
Small bump at the beginning of my external ear canal. Feels like a regular bump. Feels like there is some small bone there that is bigger on that side?
Tricky: cannot say in your particular case, but some things that can be there are lymph nodes and cysts (they are painless and do not grow over time). ...Read more
One day my ear itched and I rubbed my finger over the cartilage flap that goes over ear canal. It made a "clicking" noise. Only makes noise inside when I rub my ear. No pain or other symptoms. Been going on for 2 weeks now. What could it be?
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