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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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Dry rash behind ears and lobes face down to side of my neck just itchy no red bumps WBC was 11.92 could it be infection?

Dry rash behind ears and lobes face down to side of my neck just itchy no red bumps WBC was 11.92 could it be infection?

? ECZEMA: This appears to be eczema. Did you use a new soap, facial cream or lotion. If you did stop using it. Take oral benadryll. You can try an over the counter steroid cream--if not better see your doctor. ...Read more

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There is a weird formation in my ear. What do you think this is? There's no redness and it's been there for about a month. It just started hurting recently. It's a lump in the lobe of my ear.

There is a weird formation in my ear. What do you think this is? There's no redness and it's been there for about a month. It just started hurting recently. It's a lump in the lobe of my ear.

Lump ear lobule: Lobular lumps are commonly one of two things- scar tissue or sebaceous cysts. With the recent history of pain. You can be developing an infection. See your primary care doctor for management. ...Read more

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Why is my left ear suddenly red, hot, and burning? Redness is mostly on scalpa, helix, and anthelix. Not so much on lobe

Why is my left ear suddenly red, hot, and burning? Redness is mostly on scalpa, helix, and anthelix. Not so much on lobe

Possibly flushing: This could simply be flushing, or blushing, some people seem to do this more in their ears. If it is painful for a while, you could be showing signs of relapsing polychondritis. This sometimes shows up in the throat as well. Different areas of cartilage can become inflamed for no apparent reason in this disease. If this is happening, see an ENT or a rheumatologist ...Read more

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I got my ear lobes pierced three weeks ago. But, in the past few days I had significant swelling and redness of my ear lobes. No discharge or pain?

I got my ear lobes pierced three weeks ago. But, in the past few days I had significant swelling and redness of my ear lobes. No discharge or pain?

Inflammation/trauma: Take ibuprofen for now and see doctor if redness swelling doesn't subside in 2-3 days to rule out infection, which may require antibiotic. Good kuck ...Read more

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I feel tender pain just below my left ear lobe. Could it be for swollen lymph node. However there are no signs or rashes in that particular area.

I feel tender pain just below my left ear lobe. Could it be for swollen lymph node. However there are no signs or rashes in that particular area.

Possible lymph node: Yes it could be a lymph node that is swollen or even a small sebaceous cyst. If it does not resolve on its own you should get it checked out. ...Read more

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My left ear lobe it red and it hurts to the touch what do I do? I have tried nothing

My left ear lobe it red and it hurts to the touch what do I do? I have tried nothing

Topical antibiotics: If you wear earrings then the first thing to do is to remove the earring, cleanse the area and apply topical antibiotic. Regular cleansing and topical medication should settle things but if no improvement then you need to contact your pcp as you may need antibiotics by mouth. ...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 slightly red 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 slightly red and painful. Worry?

Please take him to: Be seen by his/her doctor. Cats' mouths have more bacteria that are a problem than dogs or humans. If there is redness, there could be an infection, which may need an oral antibiotic. The only way to tell that is to have it examined. ...Read more

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There is a knot in the right ear lobe that is painful to touch. The skin of the lobe is red. It has been in this state for 5 days. What do you think?

There is a knot in the right ear lobe that is painful to touch. The skin of the lobe is red. It has been in this state for 5 days. What do you think?

Infection: Most likely is a pimple, but you can get pretty severe infections in ear cartilage if they don't get treated. Put a warm wash cloth on the ear at least 6 times today for about 5 minutes each time, and if it is not the least bit better by tomorrow you should see someone and get on an antibiotic. ...Read more

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What causes rash around the ear lobes babies?

What causes rash around the ear lobes babies?

Possible eczema: Eczema usually starts behind the crease of the earlobe and then to the earlobe. Other rashes are possible. It's hard to diagnose rash without seeing patient. ...Read more

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I have an infected lower ear lobe. What should I do. It's red, swollen and has puss.?

I have an infected lower ear lobe. What should I do. It's red, swollen and has puss.?

Ear lobe: If this is near a piercing, do not use your earrings. You need to see a clinician so that a culture can be taken and so you can be placed on empirical antibiotics. Any earring that has been used recently will require special attention to clean with antiseptic and rubbing alcohol to remove the chance of possible reinfection. ...Read more

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I have a firm mobile mass just behind the ear lobe since 1.5 years with no systemic symptoms, size fluctuates n sometimes overlyin skin is warm n red

I have a firm mobile mass just behind the ear lobe since 1.5 years with no systemic symptoms, size fluctuates n sometimes overlyin skin is warm n red

? sebaceous cyst?: You should have your PCP or a dermatologist look at this.... it may be a lymph node, or it may be a gland in the skin that gets inflamed and infected on and off (a sebaceous cyst). Your parotid gland is IN FRONT of your ear, so I doubt it is a problem with that. But having a doctor examine it is your best course of action. They will probably want to biopsy it or excise it. ...Read more

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My ear lobe suddenly got swollen, red, painful, and hot. It's the part of the lobe that's right below where the cartilage begins. What's causing it?

My ear lobe suddenly got swollen, red, painful, and hot. It's the part of the lobe that's right below where the cartilage begins. What's causing it?

Infection likely: Other possibility is contact dermatitis. However, unless you wear ear ring in one ear only, infection is likely cause. You may want to see your doctor to start antibiotics as soon as possible since infection may spread in cartilage with may require surgery to treat ...Read more

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Hi! My daughter is 1 and had her ears pierced 3 months ago. This morning, she woke up and the one lobe (bottom) around the earring is swollen and red.

Hi! My daughter is 1 and had her ears pierced 3 months ago. This morning, she woke up and the one lobe (bottom) around the earring is swollen and red.

Mgt: These are signs of a possible infection. I would advise checking with your physician. In the meantime, apply a disinfectant and neosporin ointment to the affected area. The earring should be removed. You should watch for signs of fever or worsening. ...Read more

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Symptoms include a large dark red boil in the ear, and there is a burning sensation at the back of the ear lobe when pressed. Diagnosis?

Symptoms include a large dark red boil in the ear, and there is a burning sensation at the back of the ear lobe when pressed. Diagnosis?

Infected cyst: You have what sounds like an infected cyst. This could be related to a piercing if you have had that. At any rate you should have this seen and treated soon. ...Read more

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My 2 year old son has intermittent bilateral bright red ear lobes that are very hot to the touch. Should I be concerned? A neighbor suggested htn?

My 2 year old son has intermittent bilateral bright red ear lobes that are very hot to the touch. Should I be concerned? A neighbor suggested htn?

Vasodilation: I do not know of any correlation between bright red ear lobes and hypertension. It sounds like he is having a transient vasodilation involving his ears lobes (blood flow gets increased to this area). If he really has no other symptoms, I would not be too concerned about it at this point. ...Read more

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Woke up to stinging pain on my outter ear just above ear lobe. Worst pain I have ever felt and my ear was very red. Felt as if I got stung or bit?

Woke up to stinging pain on my outter ear just above ear lobe. Worst pain I have ever felt and my ear was very red. Felt as if I got stung or bit?

Likely stung or bit: 21y/o Female says, Woke up to stinging pain on my outer ear just above ear lobe. Worst pain I have ever felt and my ear was very red. Felt as if I got stung or bit? Likely you were indeed stung or bitten. Best precaution is to go to ER or see one's PCP asap for evaluation and appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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Lump on face near ear lobe, moves slightly, rash behind ear, hurts a bit when touched. Is this serious?

Lump on face near ear lobe, moves slightly, rash behind ear, hurts a bit when touched. Is this serious?

Reactive node: The lump is most likely a reactive lymph node that tends to enlarge from pea sized to bean sized when stimulated by such things as skin rashes/bug bites/viruses &the like. They usually stay enlarged while stimulated &recede when not. Takes 3-4 weeks to settle down. Your doc can confirm this. ...Read more

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Ear lobe piercing 49 days old has white stuff coming out of it. Piercing hole & ear isn't red swolen, & has no pain. Is my ear piercing infected?

Ear lobe piercing 49 days old has white stuff coming out of it. Piercing hole & ear isn't red swolen, & has no pain. Is my ear piercing infected?

Pus or fat: The ear lobe is skin covering only fatty tissue. If the ear lobe is not tender or red or painful, then it is unlikely you have infection or pus. The most likely substance would be fat. See and ENT or plastic surgeon for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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My 8 month old woke up this morning with one ear red hot and swollen. Its her outer ear, mostly the lobe, dosnt look to go inside the ear. What is thi?

Follow this am: People often tell me that their child's ear is red, then we end up diagnosing ear infection later in the day/week.

However, I think it's also common that kids ears are red b/c they sleep on them or maybe b/c kid has a fever.

If redness persists, especially w/pain or fever, good idea to have it checked. ...Read more

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Red, burning ear lobes and little red bumps on back of neck?

Painful rash: If it's just on one side, i'd worry this was shingles and would encourage you to get someone to start treatment right away. If it's on both sides, it could be an allergic reaction to something that got on your skin. There are a lot of other conditions that can cause painful rashes but most need to be seen to be diagnosed. ...Read more

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My 3 year old son has little red spots kind of blochy on his ear lobe what could it be?

My 3 year old son has little red spots kind of blochy on his ear lobe what could it be?

Hard to tell: There are many skin changes that he could have, though a few common ones are seborrheic dermatitis and eczema, both of which are easily treated skin problems. Your best bet, though, is to have your child's doctor take a look to know for sure what treatment will work. ...Read more

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My 18 months old daughter has painful tender red swelling behind her rt ear lobe. Kindly tell me causes n treatment?

My 18 months old daughter has painful tender red swelling behind her rt ear lobe. Kindly tell me causes n treatment?

Likely infected: This could be a simple skin infection or an inflamed lymph node. In either case, an evaluation may be needed. In the short term you can apply moist heat to the area in the form of a heated compress several times a day. If it is a minor issue the body may heal itself. If it worsens it will need to be seen. ...Read more

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