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My 8 yr old is complaining of sore ears. Not inside her ears like with an earache. No other apparent symptoms. Should I be concerned at all?

My 8 yr old is complaining of sore ears. Not inside her ears like with an earache. No other apparent symptoms. Should I be concerned at all?

Yes: Frequently children go swimming in the summer. There is a type of ear infection of the outer ear canal. This can become severe and does merit treatment. Usually treated with drops and staying out of water for several days. The ears should be looked at as soon as possible. ...Read more

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What would cause the cartilage in my ear to be sore for 3 weeks ?

What would cause the cartilage in my ear to be sore for 3 weeks ?

Sore cartilage: Could be an infection due to bacteria or inflammation due to long term damage or sun called chondrodermatitis nodularis chronicus helices. ...Read more

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I have a bump in my ear it is at the bottom inside and pretty sore ?

I have a bump in my ear it is at the bottom inside and pretty sore ?

Could be: an infection, so get to your doctor for proper treatment, especially if pain is severe or persistent. ...Read more

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Every time i yawn, i get a sharp pain in my ear and it's so sore, what is this, what to do?

Every time i yawn, i get a sharp pain in my ear and it's so sore, what is this, what to do?

TMD: When you yawn, you open your mouth wide and the mandible (lower jaw) comes forward and may irritate the jaw joint. It is not pain in the ear but more likely pain in the temporo-mandibular joint. See your dentist for confirmation. Remember, if you have an earache and your hearing has not changed, it is virtually never the ear that is causing the pain. ...Read more

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I wake up every morning feeling very sore an achy on my right side of head and ear i feel like a swooshing sound in my ear and i get very foggy p.Help?

I wake up every morning feeling very sore an achy on my right side of head and ear i feel like a swooshing sound in my ear and i get very foggy p.Help?

Lots of Causes: There are many conditions which can cause those symptoms. However, in my experience, the most common and also the easiest to treat is a night-time habit of clenching and grinding your teeth. You may not even be aware of this behavior. Your dentist can help you with that quickly and easily. If that is not the cause or doesn't resolve the issue, you should then see an ENT and go from there. ...Read more

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I have a hard lump in my ear and it is sore to touch what is this ?

I have a hard lump in my ear and it is sore to touch what is this ?

epidermal cyst: This is a hair follicle tumor that is filling with keratin proteins and distending the follicle to form a sack. The lesion may feel like a hard pea that is moveable within the tissue. The only way to get rid of it is surgical. It is sore to touch because some of the material is leaking out of the sack and acting like a foreign substance. Go to your dermatologist who will cut it out! ...Read more

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What's this lump in my ear lobe next to my piercing? Just noticed this morning. Slightly sore. I can move it a little beneath the tissue.

What's this lump in my ear lobe next to my piercing? Just noticed this morning. Slightly sore. I can move it a little beneath the tissue.

Early abscess: This could be acne but is probably an early abscess. You need to have it checked by a doctor. You may need an antibiotic. Please keep the ear ring area clean and dry. Good luck. ...Read more