Top 20 Doctor insights on: Remedies for protruding ears
No physical effect: Prominent ears, also known as "bat-ears" is a congenital condition, with some genetic effect, that leads to a perception of being different, often by others, rather than the individual. The damage from this condition is not physical but rather emotional. Children can be ridiculed and sometimes assigned a level of immaturity or low intellect. Corrective surgery can be done, but is cosmetic. ...Read more
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Is otoplasty a permanent solution for protruding ears? I've heard that ears keep growing your whole life. Does that mean that even if I have otoplasty now, my ears might end up looking the same again in a few years? .
I: I have yet to see a patient grow out of a otoplasty result. Generally the cartilage in the ears does not grow after your early 20's. What may change is the soft tissue covering the cartilaginous skeleton. There are several techniques, but when you have an otoplasty done the cartilaginous skeleton is sculptured and repositioned then the soft tissue is trimmed and re-draped. The good news is that no matter how esthetically pleasing somebody appears, they are not perfectly symmetrically. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
5 mo old baby has 2 different ears, one is flat against his head, other is slightly bigger and sticks out, Is it likely the sticking out ear will become less prominent or harden closer to the head? Cartilage still very soft, any treatment options?
Depends: This is not unusual and the treatment if any depends on the degree of difference. Kids most often come out this way do to the way they are positioned in the womb, or gradually develop it due to sleep position. In the US, plastic surgeons may treat with a variety of inserts positioned within and around the ear or ears. You might check with your doc first to see if won't improve on its own. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How long is post-surgery recovery for ear surgery for pinning ears? I have been embarrassed about my protruding ears since I was a child and am thinking about having ear surgery to pin them back. I don't want to have a long recovery period though, because
I have a lump that seems like bone that is protruding out and its red and when touched it hurts. Its at the head area behind the ear.
Wait: It is normal mastoid bone. Stop rubbing it, u may feel ok ...Read more
The underside of the head part of my penis has small white things growing on it, like a lot of protruding dots. Is this serious?
May be. ..: Those described spots might have been there all your life long and may represent inborn benign pale spots on the sides of frenulum of foreskin. So, you may just watch them for 1-3 months if not hurting but keeping growing in size and number; if not, they may be what I described; if growing, seek pro-evaluation so to decide what they are and how to handle them timely. ...Read more
Not much: Options include using white noise machines or tinnitus masking earphones. The goal of these treatments is to train your brain not to notice the ringing. Sometimes medications can be prescribed - amitryptilline or valium - somewhat helpful. There was some hope that gingko biloba would help but it is also only somewhat helpful. ...Read more
Treat the cause:
Treatment to resolve ear pain depends on the cause. If it is directly related to the ear, as with an external or middle ear infection, then a topical and/or oral antibiotic or anti-fungal is needed.
Infection or inflammation in the throat, molars or base of tongue region can present with ear pain.
See your primary doctor or ENT specialist. ...Read more
Bacterial infection: Warm dark wet spaces such as a wet ear canal make an ideal breeding ground for bacteria such as pseudomonas and staph and these cause swimmers ear. Antibiotic / steroid drops are most effective in treating it. It is more common in people who clean their ears with qtips as wax protects the skin from infection. Another reason to not clean your ear canals. Only the very outside should be touched. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer