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3 year old has red hot to touch ears. What could this be?

3 year old has red hot to touch ears. What could this be?

This is due: To increase blood flow to the ears especially when you are blushing, stressed or nervous. Increase blood flow causes the skin to feel warm or hot and give it a red color. Uncontrollable blushing can be treated with anti-anxiety medications, hypnosis, psychotherapy etc. ...Read more

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Pleural fremitus is a palpable vibration of the wall of the thorax caused by friction between the parietal and visceral pleura of the lungs. See pleural friction rub for the auditory ...Read more


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Woke up w/ slight shoulder pain. Next day w/ excruciating shlder pain & swollen shlder. Next week swelling & pain decreases some red/hot to touch?

Woke up w/ slight shoulder pain. Next day w/ excruciating shlder pain & swollen shlder. Next week swelling & pain decreases some red/hot to touch?

Get Going: Your original symptoms sound like a small rotator cuff problem from sleeping "wrong", but the progression begs for immediate assessment from a musculoskeletal physician, including imaging (X-ray) and laboratory studies. Start with your personal physician to get a timely answer and to negotiate the choice of specialist care. ...Read more

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My boyfriend was bit by something on his elbow. It is swollen red hot to touch and very sore. It has been about three days now.

My boyfriend was bit by something on his elbow. It is swollen red hot to touch and very sore. It has been about three days now.

Bite: This bite has characteristics of both a local allergic reaction and inflammation/infection and will need to be treated with antihistamines and, most likely, antibiotics. I recommend that he be evaluated by a physician as soon as possible for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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I have a absist on my breast I also have MRSA the absist is swollen puffy very red hot to touch and black why is it black what does it mean?

I have a absist on my breast I also have MRSA the absist is swollen puffy very red hot to touch and black why is it black what does it mean?

Go to the ER: With your symptoms (MRSA, Breast Abcess, Black lesion on breast), you should seek medical care ASAP. It might just be an infection that needs to be treated, but it might be more serious. ...Read more

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My knee is swollen, itchy, red, hot to touch and painful in an area, could this be a boil or something else?

My knee is swollen, itchy, red, hot to touch and painful in an area, could this be a boil or something else?

Could be.: It could be a boil, could be something else - like an infection or arthritis in the knee joint. Don't take chances with your knees - if it is something significant, you won't be able to walk without proper treatment. See your doctor and find out for sure what it is. ...Read more

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I am experiencing leg pain, leg swelling and calf swelling my leg is red hot to touch my gp is not open don't know what to do?

I am experiencing leg pain, leg swelling and calf swelling my leg is red hot to touch my gp is not open don't know what to do?

Usually an emergency: Calf-swelling with pain is usually an emergency because doctors want to evaluate the patient to see if there is a blood clot in the leg. Such a clot can break off a chunk, flow to the lungs, and be fatal. There are other causes of leg pain and swelling, but always rule out the potentially lethal ones first. One should tell doctors about any surgeries, injuries, medications, prolonged sitting, etc. ...Read more

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I fell down a large flight of stairs 5 days ago& hurt my knee I'm on warfarin & it's very swollen, painful, bruised, red & hot to touch wot shud I do?

I fell down a large flight of stairs 5 days ago& hurt my knee I'm on warfarin & it's very swollen, painful, bruised, red & hot to touch wot shud I do?

Other symptoms?: You may be describing a resolving or an ongoing hematoma. If you have any symptoms like fever, chills, nausea, etc you should get checked out to rule out infection and or continuing bleeding especially if you are on warfarin for something like a valve implant or cardiac structural abnormality to protect yourself from infection! ...Read more

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Currently on Simponi (golimumab) for UC, my cheeks have become dry, red, hot to the touch and the sensation that they are flushed for the past 3 days. No sunburn?

Currently on Simponi (golimumab) for UC, my cheeks have become dry, red, hot to the touch and the sensation that they are flushed for the past 3 days. No sunburn?

Rash could be relate: There can be skin rashes that are found was simponi (golimumab). You'll need to clarify whether this rash is one of the ones that is related to it or not. Often the rash describe is psoriasis like. This may be a completely different diagnosis and therefore your physician may have you see a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Slipped on ice yesterday landed on knee, very painful, red, hot to the touch & swollen but no cut, im over 400lbs is this normal or should I worry?

Slipped on ice yesterday landed on knee, very painful, red, hot to the touch & swollen but no cut, im over 400lbs is this normal or should I worry?

See a docotor: Redness, swelling and pain could indicate bleeding in the knee, a bad bruise, a bad sprain or a fracture. Serious injury is less likely if you can bear weight on that leg. Sharp pain could mean a fracture.
If you cannot afford a doc, put ice on it, take aleve, (naproxen) elevate and rest it for2-3 days and if it is not much better seek medical advice. ...Read more

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What are the signs of sepsis I have an abcess and its really painful red hot to the touch and the pains. Going up my leg?

What are the signs of sepsis I have an abcess and its really painful red hot to the touch and the pains. Going up my leg?

Fever, low bp...: Sepsis requires immediate attention at a hospital. The symptoms can rapidly evolve from fever, hypotension, chills, increased heart rate, etc. The issue is the pain going up the leg, and it would be worthwhile to check into the local er at this point to make sure that there isn't a more serious underlying problem. ...Read more

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I had an excisional breast biopsy yesterday. Today the site is bright red, hot to the touch, hard, increasingly painful, and I am nauseated. Infected?

Biopsy sight: Your interests are best served by having the biopsy site examined by your provider. If it is infected then it can be opened to drain and appropriate antibiotics can be prescribed. ...Read more

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Side of ankle is swollen red an hot to touch. Also sinks in when you touch it like it contains water there is no type of bite mark at all

Side of ankle is swollen red an hot to touch. Also sinks in when you touch it like it contains water there is no type of bite mark at all

Get checked: The "sinks in" look is called pitting edema. There is some kind of inflammation occurring but the red/hot is usually an indication of something acute - possibly an infection. Get checked by a podiatrist. Possible conditions include inflammation/arthritis, infection/cellulitis (even without a bite mark), or a metabolic condition called gout. Get checked. ...Read more

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Toes get red and hot to touch every night around 3 am. Looks like they're filled with blood. I'm 18 years old. Had CBC and venous Doppler, both normal?

Toes get red and hot to touch every night around 3 am. Looks like they're filled with blood. I'm 18 years old. Had CBC and venous Doppler, both normal?

Erythromelalgia: You are describing Erythromelalgia, a condition you are describing quite clearly. The tests you had are typically ordered and are normal in most cases. Cause is not clear and only about 5% are hereditary. Treatment can be difficult but may includes medications such as Lyrica, Neurontin, or Cymbalta. There is an association that could give you more information on the internet. Good luck ...Read more

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Red swollen hot to touch spots on right leg, about 4 inches round, last for a few days then bruise before going away I am 20 years old, female.?

Red swollen hot to touch spots on right leg, about 4 inches round, last for a few days then bruise before going away I am 20 years old, female.?

Infection?: Red hot swollen spots make me think of infection, perhaps abscess or folliculitis, or sebaceous cysts. Abscesses don't usually go away by themselves but rather need to be drained. Folliculitis might come & go but not usually 4" in diameter (that's huge!). Not common to have several sebaceous cysts in one area. Go see your family doc for evaluation, testing & treatment. Perhaps bleeding disorder? ...Read more

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I have a tenderness on my right leg on the side of the leg. Its not red nor hot to touch. Could this be a blood clot?

I have a tenderness on my right leg on the side of the leg. Its not red nor hot to touch. Could this be a blood clot?

Leg pain/blood clot?: Usually blood clots in the legs cause swelling of the lower leg/ankle. Usually they happen in the calf/lower leg. They are not common in young, active, healthy people. But they can happen to anyone after trauma, or after prolonged inactivity (i.e. long car/plane trip). If you get swelling, or any shortness of breath (clot that went to lungs), go see a doctor right away. ...Read more

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My daughter is 2 and a half woke up this morning and her arms and legs are red and hot to touch her body is of normal temp no rash just red?

My daughter is 2 and a half woke up this morning and her arms and legs are red and hot to touch her body is of normal temp no rash just red?

See her doctor: She should see her doctor. She may have a rash or illness developing, but it is unusual to have heat and redness of the extremities. ...Read more

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I have primary raynauds but recently my veins bulge out and feet get red and hot to touch from being in the heat or exercising. I'm an 18 year old male?

I have primary raynauds but recently my veins bulge out and feet get red and hot to touch from being in the heat or exercising. I'm an 18 year old male?

Not Raynaud's: Uncertain about the red feet - could be erythromelaga. The veins are not related to any type of Raynaud's. ...Read more

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My daughter is 4. I found a hard knot/lump on the left of the base of her skull near the hairline. Not red or hot to touch. Says it hurts when I mess with. Found while drying her hair. No real cold symptoms lately. I'm a peds nurse so I overly worry. Advic

My daughter is 4. I found a hard knot/lump on the left of the base of her skull near the hairline. Not red or hot to touch. Says it hurts when I mess with. Found while drying her hair. No real cold symptoms lately. I'm a peds nurse so I overly worry. Advic

Mastoid process?: The normal skull has a hard spike like projection located behind & at the level of the middle of the ear called the mastoid process. Multiple muscles dealing with the jaw attach to this projection. Other possibilities include lymph nodes located under the skin around the ear that vary in size from that of a pea to peanut. These are part of the bodies germ fighting crew & may enlarge when they are. ...Read more

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Feet getting red and hot 2 touch like sunburn at night, veins bulging out. Had normal CBC and ultrasound. No pain. I have anxiety. Cant get an answer?

Feet getting red and hot 2 touch like sunburn at night, veins bulging out. Had normal CBC and ultrasound. No pain. I have anxiety. Cant get an answer?

?????????????: The symptoms & testing you cite do not provide enough information to suggest a specific answer. Writing down all your symptoms, the duration, and taking them in for your next visit may help clarify the issue. ...Read more

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1yr old boy has hot knees. Like, they are red and hot to the touch? It's been like this for a few months now. Is this weird? Or not?

1yr old boy has hot knees. Like, they are red and hot to the touch? It's been like this for a few months now. Is this weird? Or not?

See a pediatrician: While this could be nothing, even just related to crawling, there is a type of juvenile onset rheumatoid arthritis and a couple other inflammatory issues you should rule out. See your pediatrician and just ask them to take a look and do an exam and they will most likely be able to see and feel if it looks inflammatory or not. If there is any pain, make the appointment as soon as possible. ...Read more

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