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What's the purpose of the outer ear auricle?

What's the purpose of the outer ear auricle?

Outer ear auricle: At one time in our development, the outer ear used to be as big as an elephant's auricle. Only kidding. The purpose of all of the structures of the outer ear are to funnel sound waves down the canal towards the eardrum. A equally good question is why do we have ear wax to clutter the entire system up? ...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 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

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Does an ear infection hurt on the outside of the ear?

Does an ear infection hurt on the outside of the ear?

Not typically: Middle ear infections don't typically hurt the outside of the ear, known as the pinna. External ear infections, or otitis externa might hurt the pinna. ...Read more

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What is the pain rating of tragus piercing?

What is the pain rating of tragus piercing?

Tragus: The tragus is the small pointed eminence of the external ear in front of the ear canal. Unlike the ear lobe, it has a core of cartilage. I have seen pain ratings (on a scale of 1 to 10 where 10 is the worst) ranging from 3 to 7. It probably depends greatly on the person and on the method of the professional doing the piercing. I would find someone who had a good experience and use that piercer. ...Read more

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Hard lump behind my left ear right at the top of the jaw bone?

Need exam: This is the area of the parotid gland. Could be a parotid tumor, or lymph node, or enlargement of TMJ. See ENT doc for exam. ...Read more

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What is this lump to the left of my ear piercing inside my earlobe?

What is this lump to the left of my ear piercing inside my earlobe?

Cyst or scar?: Lumps can represent any number of things. The common cause can be a cyst or a scar as a result of the ear piercing. See your doctor. ...Read more

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Why is the area around my ear piercing crusty?

Why is the area around my ear piercing crusty?

Maybe infected or: inflamed? Check for signs of infection: ^'ed redness, warmth, swelling. ^'ed tenderness, pus, red streaking, swollen lymph nodes or fever. Recommend keeping piercing in place unless directed by Dr (if removed – drainage tract will close up w ^'ed risk of abscess formation). Call Dr for medical evaluation. Your Dr may prescribe oral antibiotics or antibiotic ointments to apply to piercing site. ...Read more

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What is the bump behind your ear called?

What is the bump behind your ear called?

Not sure. It could: Be a cyst. Could be a lymph node. There are a # of possible causes. The best way to get an accurate diagnosis would be dermatological evaluation. ...Read more

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The mastoid tip(the part of it exactly behind the ear.near the the start of jaw.)hurts when i press a little hard.no redness.chronic rhinitis?

The mastoid tip(the part of it exactly behind the ear.near the the start of jaw.)hurts when i press a little hard.no redness.chronic rhinitis?

Mastoid Pain: Patients usually experience pain in the mastoid process after overexertion of the jaw joint and neck muscles. Lingering pain can be treated by directly addressing the source of the pain, TMJ. See a dentist for evaluation and management. ...Read more

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My right ear tragus is swollen and feels hard it is hurting, i also feel a wound or scratch in my ear if touch behind the tragus inside the ear.

My right ear tragus is swollen and feels hard it is hurting, i also feel a wound or scratch in my ear if touch behind the tragus inside the ear.

Ear swollen : The symptoms you describe sound like an infection from an insect bite. Would recommend being examined and be sure there is no abscess formation and whether you need antibiotics Hope you feel better soon ...Read more

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The outer part of my ear is swollen and the inner part of my ear hurts, and its also painful to the touch including parts of my cheek, is it an ear infection?

The outer part of my ear is swollen and the inner part of my ear hurts, and its also painful to the touch including parts of my cheek, is it an ear infection?

Insect bite: If the outer part of your ear is swollen, and there is pain around the ear and spreading to the cheek, a common cause could be an insect bite. This is very common during the summer and early fall. The problem should resolve spontaneously but ice packs to the area and pain meds will help. If the problem does not resolve with this minimal treatment, see an ENT doctor for further advice. ...Read more

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Lump in the left cheek, side of the ear, what is this?

Lump in the left cheek, side of the ear, what is this?

Lump likely gland: Many of the lymph nodes around the body will swell if they notice irritation or infection near their position. There are many located in the soft tissues of the head and neck.They are pea sized at rest and enlarge when they are stimulated. Most stay larger for a few weeks before shrinking back to resting size. ...Read more