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Thickened Ear Lobes
Ear lobe repair: Many people get a split ear lobe from an ear ring getting pulled through. The process to repair the split earlobe is fairly simple. Most plastic surgeons or doctors who do surgery should be able to do the procedure under local anesthetic in their office. The earlobe is numbed up, the skin inside the split is removed and the ends are sutured back together. ...Read more
General check up: I will recommend a general check up with your PCP, he/she will conduct preliminary evaluation and refer you to specialist if need be. Your symptoms are non-specific and may or may not be serious. ...Read more
Most likely: Cause is infection. Try application of heat. If this does not work, show it to your doctor for accurate diagnosis and proper treatment. ...Read more
Can ear lobes be stretched by pulling on them? I know heavy earrings can stretch the lobes but can manual pulling stretch them?
If constant: Constant pulling would act as a weight, and would eventually stretch the lobe. So do not pull the lobes. ...Read more
Gentle washing: Some people tend to produce more oils from the skin. If you use a face wash for oily skin, you could also apply it when washing your face on the ear lobes to see if that can reduce some oil buildup. I would avoid getting it in your ear canal, but the outerside is okay. You could also use a washcloth to help remove the soap once you apply it. ...Read more
Clogged pore: Your ear lobe has sebaceous glands like most areas of the skin. This can be clogged and become inflamed as a result. This causes it to become swollen and can be painful. Often, your body can resolve this on its own. If it is red, and painful, you may consider antibiotics. ...Read more
5to7 days: It takes 5to 7 days to heal if there is no infection. ...Read more
Depends: It is depend on whether you have infection, and require med. It is best to see doctor. ...Read more
Big juicy lobes: This is not a common request and certainly collagen would accomplish a temporary increase in the side of the earlobe but it may feel unnecessarily firm and would not be my first choice. If a patient made this request, I would recommend the use of hyaluronic acid fillers as the initial filler. ...Read more
My stretched ear was infected now it feels like there's something in my lobe. What kind of tests should I get?
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
What do you suggest if my ear lobe was out if my ear!! Like it's just skin but it's hanging off!! it's hard to explain! What do I do?
Confused: The earlobe is soft tissue at the bottom of the ear. The earlobe would not come out of the ear canal. I am sorry, but I am unable to visualize. Please either re-submit with clarification or have a medical eval. ...Read more
I have a son who is 4 years old and every day several times a day he rubs his ear lobes because he says it feels good. Should I be worried?
No: Some children develop habits, and the more we pay attention to them, the more they'll continue that habit. Once you determine he does not have ear infections or wax in his ears that may be itching him, then leave him alone, in fact, ignore him when he rubs his ears. He may stop eventually. ...Read more
My 4 yo was bitten on ear lobe by our cat. It's been 24 hrs. Cleaning it and using ointment. Dr said to watch. It's little pink and painful. Worry?
Where my ear lobe and face join it hurts as if it has been ripped whenever I move my ear/take my make up off, what could this be and how can I fix it?
Ear infection?: It sounds like you may have in infection in your external ear canal: otitis externa. Do not use Q-tips, which can cause this. Do not go swimming till better. See a doc for evaluation and treatment. Treatment is inexpensive and relief is rapid with prescription meds, if this is the problem. Consider Healthtap Prime for a consult and treatment if you don't have a doc you can call today. ...Read more
Less likely: Although, stress is a reason for itchiness, but it would probably be expected to cause more extensive itchiness than just the ear lobes. I'd look for other more plausible causes such as seborrheic dermatitis, psoriasis, contact dermatitis, allergic reaction, ear infection (skin infection) before I write it off to stress. ...Read more
Variable: The cost would depend on the extent of the damage and where the repair was done. Repairs in a hospital surgical suite will be much more expensive than those done in a physicians clinic. ...Read more