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Doctor insights on: Small Ear Gauges

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What size would ear gauges not shrink back?

What size would ear gauges not shrink back?

Your body: Any increased size of gauge in general will decrease the chances of the ear being able to return to its original size/shape. For some people the earlobe may be able to recoup after larger sizes, but i would gather that any size larger than 0.5 inch, and especially if added wt or stretching were involved, may lessen possibility of complete recovery of ear shape. ...Read more

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I am trying to diagnose what these small white discolored circles behind my sons ear are?

I am trying to diagnose what these small white discolored circles behind my sons ear are?

Let us see.: Your best bet on this forum would be to pursue a virtual consultation with one of us. You can take a picture of these circles and upload it during the consultation. That would be your best bet, besides having them evaluated locally, of course. ...Read more

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Small bump behind my baby's ear.

Small bump behind my baby's ear.

Lymph node: Posterior auricular lymph nodes are often enlarged behind the ears of infants as a result of cradle cap, scratches to the scalp or infections of the external ear canal. The mastoid process is a normal bony structure of the skull which is behind, and slightly below the ear. Lymph nodes are generally rubbery in texture and somewhat motile, while the mastoid is larger, hard, and non-mobile. ...Read more

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Small soft ball behind ear, dangerous?

Small soft ball behind ear, dangerous?

Not likely: An asymptomatic ball or nodiule in that location is likely to be a benign lipoma, a fatty tumor of no pathologic significance. These sometimes enlarge and can be easily removed if it bothers you but these will cause no illness. ...Read more

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Do people with large ears tend to live longer than people with small ears?

Do people with large ears tend to live longer than people with small ears?

I don't know: Truthfully i don't think anybody has ever done such a study. I guess one could argue someone with larger ears can hear danger coming, but these days i don't think it's that important. If there's a specific issue you're concerned about, ask your doctor about it. ...Read more

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Would a small surgery on the ear reduce one's chances of joining the military?

Would a small surgery on the ear reduce one's chances of joining the military?

Depends on type: “Current or history of chronic otitis media (382), cholesteatoma (385.3), or history of any inner (P20) or middle (P19) ear surgery (including cochlear implantation) is disqualifying.Myringotomy or successful tympanoplasty is not disqualifying. Current perforation of the tympanic membrane (384.2) or history of surgery to correct perforation during the preceding 120 days (P19) is disqualifying.” ...Read more

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Left top of ear in pain and feel a small bump on the actual ear, what can this be? Just felt it today.

Left top of ear in pain and feel a small bump on the actual ear, what can this be? Just felt it today.

Pressure sore.: If you lay on the same side routinely the ear can form a pressure sore, called weinklers nodule. You should have it checked. The other possibility could be skin tumor. ...Read more

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My ear has a little bumb on the hole where i put my 12 gauge through and it hurts to put it in. What is wrong?

My ear has a little bumb on the hole where i put my 12 gauge through and it hurts to put it in. What is wrong?

See your doctor: You sould see your doctor. This lump needs to be palpated by your doctor and he/she needs to be able to put the rest of your symptoms in perspective. ...Read more

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I'm thinking about stretching my ears, but i don't know what size to start out with. Would it be bad if i started out with an 8 gauge?

Not healthy: I will start by asking you to consider gauging in the context of the health problems that can result from gauging. A 16-gauge or 18-gauge needle is often used for an initial piercing for ear gauging. ...Read more