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Doctor insights on: Pulling Ear Lobes

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Lobe (Definition)

1. A rounded projection, especially a rounded, projecting anatomical part. (for example, the lobe of an ear) 2. A subdivision of a bodily organ or part bounded by fissures, connective tissue, or other structural boundaries. (for example, a ...Read more


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Can ear lobes be stretched by pulling on them? I know heavy earrings can stretch the lobes but can manual pulling stretch them?

Can ear lobes be stretched by pulling on them? I know heavy earrings can stretch the lobes but can manual pulling stretch them?

If constant: Constant pulling would act as a weight, and would eventually stretch the lobe. So do not pull the lobes. ...Read more

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I like to "crack" my ears by pulling on my lobes. Is this bad? What causes the "cracking"?

I like to "crack" my ears by pulling on my lobes. Is this bad? What causes the "cracking"?

It's ok: You are changing the pressure in the ear canal. Just like shifting your jaw forward with your mouth open and sliding it side to side. ...Read more

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What happens if you pull a cyst out of your ear lobe?

What happens if you pull a cyst out of your ear lobe?

Cyst: It would have been helpful to see a picture of it. If it was truly a cyst, it may never come back, it may re-occur or the site may get infected. Discuss it with a physician if you are concerned. ...Read more

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Yesterday I had a wick put in my ear. It's kind of gross now, & my ear lobe doesn't hurt now. Can I pull it out?

Was this for: An infection. Was the "wick" actually a drain so that the infected material could drain out?

Go back to whomever pick it in and get it checked. ...Read more

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It seems whenever I pull on my ear lobe I hear a cracking sound. What does this indicate?

It seems whenever I pull on my ear lobe I hear a cracking sound. What does this indicate?

Wax: Wax may be partially occluding ear canal and pulling on lobe opens canal. See ent doc for persistent problems. ...Read more

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I have ear ache. I had been swimming for 3 weeks a few times a day. When I pull ear lobe it hurts more or lie on ear it hurts. I've had it for 3 days?

I have ear ache. I had been swimming for 3 weeks a few times a day. When I pull ear lobe it hurts more or lie on ear it hurts. I've had it for 3 days?

Swimmer's ear: Not all cases of swimmer's ear (external otitis) are caused by swimming, but it sounds like this one is. See your doctor for antibiotic ear drops. If your ear is swollen shut see an ENT to clean the ear (which hurts but you'll get better faster) and place a wick in the ear canal. Oral antibiotics are generally not necessary or helpful, unless you've got swelling outside of the ear. ...Read more

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How can I fix a torn ear lobe?

How can I fix a torn ear lobe?

Ear lobe repair: Many people get a split ear lobe from an ear ring getting pulled through. The process to repair the split earlobe is fairly simple. Most plastic surgeons or doctors who do surgery should be able to do the procedure under local anesthetic in their office. The earlobe is numbed up, the skin inside the split is removed and the ends are sutured back together. ...Read more

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How can you? Reduce ear lobe size?

How can you? Reduce ear lobe size?

Otoplasty: Ear lobe can be reduced by a plastic surgeon or an ENT surgeon. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get a new ear lobe?

Why will you want on: Why will you want one
if a ear lobe is absent at birth or is lost due to accident or disease, plastic surgeons can create it by taking cartilege from other parts of body. ...Read more

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What is an ear lobe stretcher used for?

What is an ear lobe stretcher used for?

Ear Lobe Stretcher: Stretching of pearced ear lobe to apply certain jewelry. ...Read more

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I have pain in both ear lobes what causes this?

I have pain in both ear lobes what causes this?

General check up: I will recommend a general check up with your PCP, he/she will conduct preliminary evaluation and refer you to specialist if need be. Your symptoms are non-specific and may or may not be serious. ...Read more

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My ears are swolen right around the lobe. Not really big but noticable.?

My ears are swolen right around the lobe. Not really big but noticable.?

Most likely: Cause is infection. Try application of heat. If this does not work, show it to your doctor for accurate diagnosis and proper treatment. ...Read more

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Why causes a left ear lobe to hurt?

Something not on RT.: Don' have a clue, except if it's only on the left something on the left is causing it to hurt. ...Read more

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Can top of ear lobe get badly sunburn?

Can top of ear lobe get badly sunburn?

Yes: Any area of skin can become sunburnt.
Use sunblock spf 15 or higher and reapply according to the package directions. ...Read more

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Excess oils on ear lobes, all the time. .

Excess oils on ear lobes, all the time. .

Gentle washing: Some people tend to produce more oils from the skin. If you use a face wash for oily skin, you could also apply it when washing your face on the ear lobes to see if that can reduce some of the oil buildup. I would avoid getting it in your ear canal, but the outerside is okay. You could also use a washcloth to help remove the soap once you apply it. ...Read more

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Stretched ear lobes as I age. Can surgery fix them?

Stretched ear lobes as I age. Can surgery fix them?

Yes and no: Surgery can fix this problem but it not ussually done except for extreme problems. ...Read more

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What's best used to take care of a swollen ear lobe?

Clogged pore: Your ear lobe has sebaceous glands like most areas of the skin. This can be clogged and become inflamed as a result. This causes it to become swollen and can be painful. Often, your body can resolve this on its own. If it is red, and painful, you may consider antibiotics. ...Read more

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How long does it take for ear lobe piercings to heal?

5to7 days: It takes 5to 7 days to heal if there is no infection. ...Read more

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How do I treat a swollen ear lobe after going up a gauge?

How do I treat a swollen ear lobe after going up a gauge?

A few things: Hi
If there are no breaks in the skin, ice and an oral anti-inflammatory like advil can be helpful. If it looks very red, feels hot, is very tender, there is risk it may be infected and you might need antibiotics. Try to keep the area dry and clean. Hope this helps ...Read more

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How long is it supposed to it take for a swollen ear lobe to go down?

Depends: It is depend whether or not you have infection, and require med. It is best to see doctor. ...Read more

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To get my ear lobe fat again, would any kind of injection in the ear lobe work?

To get my ear lobe fat again, would any kind of injection in the ear lobe work?

Big juicy lobes: This is not a common request and certainly collagen would accomplish a temporary increase in the side of the earlobe but it may feel unnecessarily firm and would not be my first choice. If a patient made this request, I would recommend the use of hyaluronic acid fillers as the initial filler. ...Read more

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Have had swollen ear lobes for a long time with no other apparent symptoms. Is this unusual?

Have had swollen ear lobes for a long time with no other apparent symptoms. Is this unusual?

See your doctor.: The causes of chronic swelling of the earlobes can range from an allergy to a metal in a new earring to low-grade infection and inflammation. Since the treatments differ, you need to see your doctor for the correct diagnosis and treatment. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Ear lobe swollen don't wear earrings what can it be? Should I be worried? What can cause it?

Ear lobe swollen don't wear earrings what can it be? Should I be worried? What can cause it?

Infection: Sometimes cysts, infections, keloids can develop in ears. A doctor would have to see your ear or in person to be more accurate. Good luck and please see your doctor for more answers. ...Read more

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My sons ear lobes are swollen, look lumpy and he says they itch? And this is also on his cheeks.

My sons ear lobes are swollen, look lumpy and he says they itch? And this is also on his cheeks.

Angioedema: This is angioedema. It is more unsightly and uncomfortable than it is serious. Many times, in kids, it is secondary to a recent or present infection. The safest thing to do is see the pediatrician before using an medications. ...Read more

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My stretched ear was infected now it feels like there's something in my lobe. What kind of tests should I get?

My stretched ear was infected now it feels like there's something in my lobe. What kind of tests should I get?

See your doctor: This is a problem that requires a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. In that meeting, your doctor will listen to you, perform a throrough examination and possibly order labs or other tests. Based on this information, he/she will be able to tell you what's wrong and what to do about it. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my ear lobe was out if my ear!! like it's just skin but it's hanging off!! its hard to explain! What do I do?

What do you suggest if my ear lobe was out if my ear!! like it's just skin but it's hanging off!! its hard to explain! What do I do?

Confused: The earlobe is soft tissue at the bottom of the ear. The earlobe would not come out of the ear canal. I am sorry, but I am unable to visualize. Please either re-submit with clarification or have a medical eval. ...Read more

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I have a son who is 4 years old and every day several times a day he rubs his ear lobes because he says it feels good. Should I be worried?

I have a son who is 4 years old and every day several times a day he rubs his ear lobes because he says it feels good. Should I be worried?

No: Some children develop habits, and the more we pay attention to them, the more they'll continue that habit. Once you determine he does not have ear infections or wax in his ears that may be itching him, then leave him alone, in fact, ignore him when he rubs his ears. He may stop eventually. ...Read more

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My 4 yo was bitten on ear lobe by our cat. It's been 24 hrs. Cleaning it and using ointment. Dr said to watch. It's little pink and painful. Worry?

My 4 yo was bitten on ear lobe by our cat. It's been 24 hrs. Cleaning it and using ointment. Dr said to watch. It's little pink and painful. Worry?

Cat bite: Cat bites usually need an antibiotic and it sounds like this one is getting worse and not better. Don't delay and see a primary health care worker. ...Read more