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Dr. David Schleimer
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Swelling (Definition)

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


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How do people treat ear swelling?

How do people treat ear swelling?

Cause?: It could be infection, allergy. Depending on cause will determine apropaite treatment. See doctor for diagnosis amd possible tests to determine what treatments is necessary. ...Read more

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How do you make ear swelling go away?

How do you make ear swelling go away?

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

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Could it be something bad if I have ear swelling?

Could it be something bad if I have ear swelling?

Unlikely: Ear swelling is not very common... But most likely related to otitis externa - outer ear infection. ...Read more

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How common is it for somebody to get ear swelling?

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

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What is the definition or description of: ear swelling?

What is the definition or description of: ear swelling?

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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What does it mean if I have ear swelling on the outside?

What does it mean if I have ear swelling on the outside?

See your doctor: Have your doctor check it out-

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

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Causes of pain and swelling along jawline under the ear?

Causes of pain and swelling along jawline under the ear?

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

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What does a swelling in the outer side of the ear signify?

What does a swelling in the outer side of the ear signify?

Which part of ear?: The ear itself will not show lymph node enlargement, but will close by. A small infection perhaps, if the lobe is swollen and tender, perhaps a sebaceous cyst. More information is necessary for a reasonable answer. ...Read more

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How come I have ear swelling, but nobody else in the family has it?

How come I have ear swelling, but nobody else in the family has it?

Need more info: Ear swelling is not really something that is familial. Can you post more information? Was there truama? Is the ear misshapen other than being swollen? What part of the ear is swollen? ...Read more

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My ears keep swelling up when its warm and are very irritating. Why is this and what could I do to make them better?

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

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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?

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

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Earring sticking in ear and swelling!?

Earring sticking in ear and swelling!?

Easy fix: Head to an ENT soon and you can likely have it removed in the office under local anesthesia. Don't leave it in there. ...Read more

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Anyone know what causes painful swelling under the ear?

Lots of reasons: Many things can cause this - enlarged and painful lymph nodes in the neck, TMJ can cause this. ...Read more

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How can I stop my ear swelling?

How can I stop my ear swelling?

Ear swelling: Was the ear injured? Is there bleeding under the skin? Did you have it pierced? Is there redness/pus/pain? Try cool compresses/ice temporarily. If bleeding or inflammation, see fp/ent to treat injury/infection. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for ear swelling?

Needs evaluation: I would need to know more about what type of ear swelling you are having. It is probably best to have a doctor look at the ear and in the ear canal. Most ear swelling will resolve on its own or with antibiotics. ...Read more

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How to reduce ear swelling cause by piercing?

How to reduce ear swelling cause by piercing?

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

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How long does the swelling on ear piercing last?

How long does the swelling on ear piercing last?

Varies: Varies, but usually gone by 7 to 10 days, if it persists or is painful, see your doctor. ...Read more

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How to significantly reduce the swelling in my ear fast?

How to significantly reduce the swelling in my ear fast?

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

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What are some ways to reduce swelling with new industrial ear piercings?

Always clean with: Hydrogen peroxide, and then place a little topcial antibiotic ointment, and turn the pierce in a circular motion. If the swelling doesn't reduce, see your dermatologist to determine any infection. ...Read more

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I have a swelling in my left ear, I first noticed it a few weeks ago. Is it anything to worry about?

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

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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?

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

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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?

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

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What kind of doctor sees somebody for ear swelling?

What kind of doctor sees somebody for ear swelling?

Your regular doc: Your regular primary care doc can help you figure out what's making your ear swell. ...Read more

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How can I reduce swelling in ear canal?

See your doctor: To find out why your ear canal is swollen. If infected, antibiotics will help. Steroids are commonly added to the antibiotic ear drops to help decreased the swelling faster. If there is a foreign body, it needs t be removed. Keep it dry until you see your doctor. ...Read more

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With ear swelling what are my treatment options?

With ear swelling what are my treatment options?

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

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The bug bite on my ear is swelling, what can I use?

The bug bite on my ear is swelling, what can I use?

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

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Can anyone tell me what causes swelling in ear canal?

Can anyone tell me what causes swelling in ear canal?

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

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Bone swelling behind the ear on the side of the head?

Bone swelling behind the ear on the side of the head?

Probably mastoid: 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

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What to do about ear swelling from cartilage piercing?

What to do about ear swelling from cartilage piercing?

Cartilage swelling: Please see a doctor immediately as you may have a hematoma or bacterial chondritis which may need urgent treatment or it be cause serious deformity. Piercing of ear cartilage is a dangerous procedure especially when done by a non-physician. ...Read more

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What kind of pills or treatment can somebody get for ear swelling?

What kind of pills or treatment can somebody get for ear swelling?

Depends: It would depend on the reason for swelling whether due to trauma or infection. Perhaps ear drops if "swimmer's ear" but if really swollen may need oral cortisone and/or antibiotics. Be especially cautious if one has diabetes. Also could be a fungal infection as well. ...Read more

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What can you do to reduce swelling in your ear after an ear piercing?

What can you do to reduce swelling in your ear after an ear piercing?

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

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Why is my ear swelling after I peirced it and am now taking care of it?

Why is my ear swelling after I peirced it and am now taking care of it?

Infection: This could represent infection or allergic reaction. Piercing should be removed and area treated with oral antibiotics. See md for proper care before it becomes worse. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could a spider bite near my ear cause swelling in mu ear?

Potentially: Depends on the type of spider & the proximity to the ear. ...Read more

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Swelling under your right ear pains a lot when you touch it what it can be?

Swelling under your right ear pains a lot when you touch it what it can be?

Hard to say: Usually pain means infection/ inflammation, a diagnosis can not be accurately made with out seeing the area, go see your doctor! ...Read more

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What would cause a swelling right behind my right ear at the base of the ear?

What would cause a swelling right behind my right ear at the base of the ear?

Sebaceous cyst: That anatomical area is very common for sebaceous cyst. A sudden swelling may indicate infection. See your doctor for possible antibiotic treatment. Definitive treatment may require surgical excision of the entire cyst. ...Read more