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Swelling Of The Helix Of The Ear
I got my ear pierced back in may 2016. Its a helix piercing. Its been pretty fine since But the ear seems to swell a little bit.?
Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more
First, diagnosis: Swelling of the outer ear can be allergic in origin. The most common disease that ENT doctors see that is associated with swelling of the ear is called external otitis. This is an inflammatory, usually painful, swelling of the ear canal skin. Sometimes, the ear canal is swollen shut and requires a wick into the ear canal so that the medication can get down the canal. Do not use q-tips. ...Read more
Varied reasons: It could be from allergies or an infection of the ear. It may be part of a more generalized allergic reaction which needs to be e slushed and treated. There can be an infected cyst of the ear lobe or a foreign body reaction to an eating or piercing. There is also a condition call chondrodermatitis where the cartilage is swollen and needs to. E treated with oral medications. ...Read more
Depends: Ear swelling can have many sources. But description= larger. Firstly, are you referring to the inner or outer ear? Outer ear swelling could arise from trauma or a sebaceous cyst of the lobe or many other things. Inner ear swelling is harder to diagnose and treat and may have much more difficult symptoms. Viral or bacterial infections could be implicated. See an otorhinolaryngologist. ...Read more
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1. Pulling on the ear lobe may trigger pain that could represent an outer ear infection (otitis externa) which may require antibiotic/steriod drops and possibly, antibiotics by mouth.
3.If the ear is swollen, tender and bright red, it may also represent an uncommon condition called relapsing polychondritis (treatable).
4.A skin infection is possible (treatable). ...Read more
Parotid gland?: Pain and swelling along the jawline and below the ear sounds to me like it could be due to the parotid salivary gland, which is right there. Could be many things wrong with the gland, from infection to sjogren's syndrome to a salivary gland stone. If it's due to the gland, it'll probably be worse right after you eat, since that's when the gland is stimulated to contract and release saliva. ...Read more
My ears keep swelling up when its warm and are very irritating. Why is this and what could I do to make them better?
See your doctor: You need to be evaluated to rule out relapsing polychondritis. There are several conditions that can be implicated in this disease. Further work up will depend on what is your physician suspecting. ...Read more
My son woke up with a triple sized swollen ear this morning, what can I do to bring the swelling down? Should I rather get it checked out?
Bug bite?: These are often localized reactions to a bug bite. However, there is a possibility these can become infected. I wouldn't go to an ER but if his doc could see him it would be a reasonable thing to check out. ...Read more
Lots of reasons: Many things can cause this - enlarged and painful lymph nodes in the neck, TMJ can cause this. ...Read more
Depends on the cause: If tender and red, occuring soon after piercing, it could represent infection: should be treated with antibiotics and perhaps will require removal of the earring. If late, nontender and firm, may be a keloid, which requires different sorts of treatment: excision, steroid injection, pressure, low dose radiation. ...Read more
Depends: In your ear or external ear? If from trauma or ear lobe cyst or infection, icing would help, but treating the source of the problem is the best and quickest route to recovery. If internal ear, think of viral or bacterial pathogen: your md can best diagnose these and appropriately treat. Good luck! ...Read more
Depends: Depends why it is swollen. Keep your ear dry and get to ent. ...Read more
I have a swelling in my left ear, I first noticed it a few weeks ago. Is it anything to worry about?
The Word: Swelling: Swelling is not in any way descriptive or specific enough to give you any valid medical advice. Can you reword this with more specific or descriptive words? ...Read more
Now I felt small pain behind my ear lope when I touched I found a small swelling. What is it thanks?
Uncertain: It might be a cyst or an inflamed lymph node. ...Read more
My 26 months old daughter has swelling on sides of both cheeks towards ears. She also seems to have pain. Could it be due to teething?
Her doctor can check: A 2.5 year-old would already have had her MMR vaccine to protect against measles, mumps, and rubella. However, vaccines are not 100% protective, so catching mumps is still possible. Also, there are other viruses and bacteria than can cause similar symptoms, so such a child should be seen by her doctor. Her second molars could be coming out, but her doctor should still have a look. ...Read more
Sir, I have 1X0.8cm swelling just below ear lobule, swelling is not seen but can be palpated under skin, it is movable, what can I do for further inves?
Eval by a derm: I recommend having this evaluated by a dermatologist. Based on your description it's unclear if this is on the ear or on the scalp, but this sounds like it could be a cyst. If it's on the scalp, it's possible that it can be a swollen lymph node. It also depends on how long you had this. Rarely, these nodules can be a type of tumor. If it is persistent then I'd recommend having it evaluated. ...Read more
Your regular doc: Your regular primary care doc can help you figure out what's making your ear swell. ...Read more
What is swollen?: Need more information to answer this question appropriately. Is the swelling in the ear canal or in the external ear. Are there other symptoms? Have you had trauma to the area, been bitten by anything, are you allergic to some topical preparation, is is accompanied by redness, tenderness, and so on? Try an ice pack and if this doesn't work see your family doctor. ...Read more
Ear bug bite: Hello, it would depend how the bug bite looks. Is it inflamed and sore? If so, consider ice and an antibiotic ointment. Also tylenol (acetaminophen) may be helpful. If it is red, and itchy, consider an antihistamine and cortisone cream. See your doctor for a recommendation. ...Read more
Allergy or infection:
Do not mess with it
some infection in ear canal could be serious
it could be a small abscess from infected cyst
it could be an infected hair follicles from scratching and using q tip aggressively
could be a simple allergic reaction
use a head par on the ear and take Benadryl
see your doctor and he can help ...Read more
Probably air cells in the bone of your skull that should be there.
If it has increased in size or is tender see ENT doctor ...Read more
Muscle spam: Muscle of mastication or clenching could be over used. ...Read more
See below: Apply warm soaks to this and if no benefit then see a doctor. ...Read more
Natural process: When our bodies sustain an injury, the immediate response is inflammation (red, hot, tender swelling). This is the body increasing the blood flow to the injury to bring healing factors to the area and also the veins expand to carry bad stuff away. The key is to do things that reduce the parts of inflammation such as ice, and antiinflammatory like motrin/advil medications in the first 24hrs. ...Read more
Potentially: Depends on the type of spider & the proximity to the ear. ...Read more
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