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Blood is slowly draining from one ear canal, no trauma or earache?

Blood is slowly draining from one ear canal, no trauma or earache?

Needs exam: Sometimes old blood drains from the ear canal long after it first formed. A mild external ear infection could cause some light bleeding. Either way the ear likely needs to be cleaned out and evaluated. I would recommend an ent, or your family doctor take a look. ...Read more

Dr. M. Jay Petruska
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Earache (Definition)

An earache can be a sharp, dull, or burning pain in one or both ears. The pain may ...Read more


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Tender area behind left ear with slightly raised lump on the mastoid bone and dull earache with tenderness in ear canal. Is this dangerous/serious?

Tender area behind left ear with slightly raised lump on the mastoid bone and dull earache with tenderness in ear canal.  Is this dangerous/serious?

Mastoiditis: You need to be seen and examined, preferably by an ENT doctor. This could be very severe and dangerous and you should go asap. Good luck and hope this improves quickly. ...Read more

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Experiencing sudden severe stabbing pain in ear and spike in temperature. Any ideas?

Experiencing sudden severe stabbing pain in ear and spike in temperature. Any ideas?

Acute otitis media: An ear infection is most often a bacterial or viral infection that affects the middle ear. The condition is rare in adults and painful because of inflammation and buildup of fluids in the middle ear. See ENT for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Stinging pain in right ear canal that comes and goes - lasts for a couple seconds then goes away. Just started happening. Thoughts?

Stinging pain in right ear canal that comes and goes - lasts for a couple seconds then goes away. Just started happening. Thoughts?

Nervus intermedius: Neuralgia. This neuralgia involve a vii cranial nerve distribution and occur infrequently. Could be transient event with regression to the mean. Rec.: see your pcp for further investigation. ...Read more

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Inner ear canal pain. Doesn't hurt constantly but often. Sharp. Hurts when push on tragus too. Mostly right eat sometimes both. Flying in 6 days...

Inner ear canal pain. Doesn't hurt constantly but often. Sharp. Hurts when push on tragus too. Mostly right eat sometimes both. Flying in 6 days...

Need exam: Your symptoms sound like you might have temporomandibular joint pain dysfunction or TMD. If you can pinch your nose and pop your ears, you should be okay to fly, but you should have someone check you for TMD as this is a very common disorder and it's very treatable. Good luck and happy flying. ...Read more

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2nd day of sharp pain deep inside ear canal and it hurts to touch on outside by earlobe. What can this be?

2nd day of sharp pain deep inside ear canal and it hurts to touch on outside by earlobe. What can this be?

Outer ear infection: The key to the diagnosis here is that the ear lobe hurts when you move it. I suspect that you have an ear infection within the outer ear canal. Pulling on the earlobe causes pain because it creates traction on the ear canal. An outer ear infection or inflammation is quite common in warm weather or with water exposure. If it gets worse, you will need antibiotic ear drops from a doctor or pharmacy. ...Read more

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I have slight redness in ear canal, itchy in ear canal, slight dulled earing, slight pain in canal, blocks up with fluid when i wake up in the morning?

I have slight redness in ear canal, itchy in ear canal, slight dulled earing, slight pain in canal, blocks up with fluid when i wake up in the morning?

You have: Just described eustachian tube dysfunction fairly well. If otc antihistamines and decongestants, and smoking cessation don't improve your symptoms within a few days consult your doctor. Don't put anything in your ear canal unless instructed by your doctor. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my ear canal is swollen, but no pain ?

What do you suggest if my ear canal is swollen, but no pain ?

Possible infection: May be symptom of infection. Should have it checked out by a doctor. ...Read more