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Swollen Red Ear
I'm freaking out! I have anxiety and think I have tonsil cancer I smoke, and have had strep 3x a year! And now my tonsil is swollen red and ear hurts,?
So, see a Dr ASAP: It's not likely, but if you do - it's treatable and only will kill you if you wait too long - so don't! Have an exam - if it's not - you'll feel much better - not freak out - and maybe stop smoking as a bonus! That might be a really nice outcome overall. Have it checked. Follow up on treatment suggestions and you'll probably be okay - I hope so. Best! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Red swollen piercing: A pierced ear can get infected easily. It can easily react to the metal of the ear ring. Using hydrogen peroxide or other similar products to clean the site may be all you need. But, sometimes taking out of the earring is necessary to get your skin to get back to normal. ...Read more
My 2 yr old quickly developed a red swollen outer ear. It doesn't bother him but is bright red and hard. It may have been a bite, but I'm not sure.
See Your Doctor: 2 yr old with "red swollen outer ear". Insect bites to the outer ear can cause marked redness, swelling, pain. Symptoms are self-limited over 48-72 hrs. However, trauma to the outer ear is a medical emergency due to excessive bleeding causing damage to the cartilage. This can occur from falls in children. Your son should see his doctor now to ensure correct diagnosis and treatment. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Hi! I have a swollen,hot, red, itchy ear! It sometimes hurts when I touch it but not all the time. I recently went swimming? What do you think it is?
Otitis externa is a: likely diagnosis with a story like that. Otitis can become quite serious relatively quickly. See your primary MD or urgent clinic for evaluation. They will determine the severity of infection and prescribe appropriate antibiotics. Some doctors here on HealthTap may be able to look at your ear with a video consult and make the diagnosis and Rx. Good luck! ...Read more
My 2 yr old woke up with swollen, red, warm upper ear lobe with no pain. Any ideas on cause and treatment?
My 2 yr old woke up and has swollen, red, warm upper ear lobes. Doesn't seem to hurt. Any ideas on a cause and a treatment?
Possibly allergy: Since the redness and swelling involve both ear lobes, infection or cellulitis is less likely, unless there is reason to think otherwise. Allergy, possibly to something he consumed before going to bed or bug bites may cause such a reaction. If there are no bumps, and remains non tender without any systemic symptoms, I would try OTC anti allergy medicine and observe. ...Read more
8 yo w/ a sore throat yesterday, 2day tonsils look swollen but not red, ear pain, mild fever 37.7C, no cold symp. Warrants evaluation or is it early?
Evaluation: In an 8 y/o, especially with lack of cold symptoms, I would be concerned about strep throat. You don't have to have red tonsils or white patches to have strep throat. You gave it couple of days (which is good for strep -studies show if you wait a day or two before treating less likely to recur), so now it's time to see if it is strep, and have quick exam to make sure no enlargement of liver/spleen ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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