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Doctor insights on: Swollen Red Ear 4 Year Old Child

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My 4 year old has cold & lymph nodes swollen. In the past 4 days he said twice that while blowing his ear hurts and few seconds later no pain, no fever?

My 4 year old has cold & lymph nodes swollen. In the past 4 days he said twice that while blowing his ear hurts and few seconds later no pain, no fever?

Clearing eustachian: Your son is likely having some congestion of his eustachian tube- tube that connects middle ear to throat. As he blows his nose he clears his eustachian tube. If ear pain persists he should be checked by his physician. ...Read more

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My 2 year old son has intermittent bilateral bright red ear lobes that are very hot to the touch. Should I be concerned? A neighbor suggested htn?

My 2 year old son has intermittent bilateral bright red ear lobes that are very hot to the touch. Should I be concerned? A neighbor suggested htn?

Vasodilation: I do not know of any correlation between bright red ear lobes and hypertension. It sounds like he is having a transient vasodilation involving his ears lobes (blood flow gets increased to this area). If he really has no other symptoms, I would not be too concerned about it at this point. ...Read more

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My 6 year old sons head is quite swollen and red behind his right ear. His ear has been bothering him today but tonight we just noticed the swelling.

My 6 year old sons head is quite swollen and red behind his right ear. His ear has been bothering him today but tonight we just noticed the swelling.

Go see ur Family Doc: Your son might have a swollen postauricular lymph node in response to ear infection but w/o exam, I can't be absolutely sure. So best to take him to see his Family Doc or Pediatrician for evaluation. In meantime, warm compresses might be helpful. ...Read more

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The top outside of my 7 year old son's ear is bright red, swollen, hot to the touch, he says it is very itchy. It is only one ear. No sign of bug bi?

The top outside of my 7 year old son's ear is bright red, swollen, hot to the touch, he says it is very itchy. It is only one ear. No sign of bug bi?

Insect bite: Sometimes the bite mark can be subtle. Sun burn can cause same finding but usually affects both ears. In either case, cold compress should be of help in relieving swelling and itching. ...Read more

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1 year old ear piercing red, swollen, with yellow "crusties". Infected? What do I do?

1 year old ear piercing red, swollen, with yellow "crusties". Infected? What do I do?

Ear piercing: Your ear piercing are infected. Apply antibiotic ointment after removing the infected earrings. ...Read more

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My 4 year old son has tiny red bumps on the top of his ear lobes and it seems to be spreading to the outline of his scalp and now on cheeks...any idea?

My 4 year old son has tiny red bumps on the top of his ear lobes and it seems to be spreading to the outline of his scalp and now on cheeks...any idea?

Many possibilities: Rashes that remain localized to specific areas are often reactions to soaps/lotions or other material that was in contact with that area. Specific cause is hard to confirm without an exam and review of possible exposures. ...Read more

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My 4 year old had red, swollen, and painful tops of his hands. He's had it before, but we thought it was wind burn from winter.

My 4 year old had red, swollen, and painful tops of his hands. He's had it before, but we thought it was wind burn from winter.

Swollen hands: Does it involve the finger tips, palms or dorsum of the hands? A picture might help. Otherwise see his pediatrician. ...Read more

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4 year old has painful, swollen, red frenum that now extends all the way down to between 2 front teeth. Sudden onset 4 days ago. No other symptoms.?

4 year old has painful, swollen, red frenum that now extends all the way down to between 2 front teeth. Sudden onset 4 days ago. No other symptoms.?

Soft tissue injury: Your child probably tramatized the tissue that runs from lip to boney ridge. However there are other causes of pain in this region including fractured, injured, or decayed teeth, food impaction, infected gums, lesions, etc. Would be prudent to have Dentist or Pedodontist examine your son. ...Read more

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My son has just had his 4 year old immunisation needles & his right arm has swollen up & has a red rash. He says its itchy & is getting worse?

My son has just had his 4 year old immunisation needles & his right arm has swollen up & has a red rash. He says its itchy & is getting worse?

Give benadryl (diphenhydramine): See your pediatrician--it may be an allergy to a component but this is not life threatening--get it checked out but use benadryl (diphenhydramine) tonight. ...Read more

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My 4 year old son has swollen glands in his neck and 2 on the back of his head, that are quite large. He has not been sick, and I am very worried.

My 4 year old son has swollen glands in his neck and 2 on the back of his head, that are quite large. He has not been sick, and I am very worried.

Bug bites? Shots?: Glandular swelling can be a non specific response to vaccines or systemic viral illnesses, even if there are no other outward signs of the illness. Bug bites or skin rashes can also lead to regional node swelling. ...Read more

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My 2 year old has red swollen earlobe for a few days there was a blister at one point now it looks like there are several tiny red bumps what could it?

My 2 year old has red swollen earlobe for a few days there was a blister at one point now it looks like there are several tiny red bumps what could it?

Bug bite? Infected: These are often simple bug bites that get scratched & invaded by skin germs to cause a mild localized infection. Sometimes dabbing it with peroxide & covering the area with antibiotic ointment can heal it. If it persists or spreads have it looked at. ...Read more

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My baby is having a swellen red spot on her left ear. It is there on her at 4mnth after her birth. She is now 1yr old. It is spreading slowly.

My baby is having a swellen red spot on her left ear. It is there on her at 4mnth after her birth. She is now 1yr old. It is spreading slowly.

May be birthmark: There are some "birthmarks" that emerge in the first few months on the skin surface. A common one is composed of a jumbled collection of capillaries that grow faster than the kid until about a year then slow to gradually shrink down by the 4-5th birthday. These are blood red, just under the skin & can have a stain quality or be rough. Your doc can tell you foor sure. ...Read more

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Is there anything to worry about if a child has a red swollen outer ear?

Is there anything to worry about if a child has a red swollen outer ear?

Outer ear swollen: This could be otitis externa, an outer ear infection which is relatively easy to treat but the concern here is that there is an infection in the mastoid, which could be a very severe problem. You need to see an otolaryngologist as soon as possible. ...Read more

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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,?

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 more

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My baby got her ears pierce and now they're red, swollen, and black gooey stuff. Can it be a infection?

My baby got her ears pierce and now they're red, swollen, and black gooey stuff. Can it be a infection?

Possibly: An infection is the most likely answer. Less likely would be an allergy to the nickel. You should have her seen by a doctor and her earrings need to be removed ...Read more

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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.

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 more

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If the inside of my baby’s ear looks swollen and red, does she have an ear infection?

If the inside of my baby’s ear looks swollen and red, does she have an ear infection?

Not typical: That description is not a normal finding on a child. It could be due to several reasons so it is best to have MD examine it. If there is pain, fever or discharge see MD asao ...Read more

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My two ear old's earlobe was red and swollen for two weeks and now it turned purple with a small grey/pale area in the middle. What can this be?

My two ear old's earlobe was red and swollen for two weeks and now it turned purple with a small grey/pale area in the middle. What can this be?

See your doctor: This is a problem that requires a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. In that meeting, your doctor will listen to you, perform a throrough examination and possibly order labs or other tests. Based on this information, he/she will be able to tell you what's wrong and what to do about it. ...Read more

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My 8 month old woke up this morning with one ear red hot and swollen. Its her outer ear, mostly the lobe, dosnt look to go inside the ear. What is thi?

My 8 month old woke up this morning with one ear red hot and swollen. Its her outer ear, mostly the lobe, dosnt look to go inside the ear. What is thi?

Follow this am: People often tell me that their child's ear is red, then we end up diagnosing ear infection later in the day/week.

However, I think it's also common that kids ears are red b/c they sleep on them or maybe b/c kid has a fever.

If redness persists, especially w/pain or fever, good idea to have it checked. ...Read more