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What could be causing my ear to swell up and be warm to touch?

What could be causing my ear to swell up and be warm to touch?

Inflammation: Any inflammatory process such as infection, pimple or local trauma could cause this. ...Read more

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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The top of my ears hurt, they are warm to touch, and they are red. What could be causing this?

The top of my ears hurt, they are warm to touch, and they are red. What could be causing this?

Chondrodetmatitis: Chondrodermatitis nodularis chronica helicis (cnh) is a painful inflammatory condition affecting the ear. It is sometimes called winkler disease.Cnh is most often seen in middle-aged or elderly men but may also affect women and younger adults. It results in a benign tender lump in the cartilaginous portion of the ear. The helix (thus helicis) is the top of the ear. ...Read more

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I have a lump in front of each ear both a redish color. The one on the right formed first now no longer in pain. The left is warm to touch, in pain.

I have a lump in front of each ear  both a redish color. The one on the right formed first now no longer in pain. The left is warm to touch, in pain.

Pre ear lumps: The lumps in from of your ears are likely pre-auricular ( ear) lymph nodes that are inflamed. You may have an ear/sinus/ tooth infection. Would follow up with your doctor. ...Read more

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Recently had tragus pierced and now pinna is warm to touch. Is this normal and could it be swimmers ear? Rinse ear under faucet to get out soap.

Recently had tragus pierced and now pinna is warm to touch. Is this normal and could it be swimmers ear? Rinse ear under faucet to get out soap.

Piercing Infection: See a doctor. This could represent art cartilage infection (chondritis). This requires traeatment with antibiotics. ...Read more

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On a new med, up my dose two days ago developed skin rash last night, dr said to continue original dose and now ears are itchy and warm to touch?

On a new med, up my dose two days ago developed skin rash last night, dr said to continue original dose and now ears are itchy and warm to touch?

Allergic reaction: Until proven otherwise I would suspect an allergic reaction to the medication which should be on hold until further investigation of the skin eruption is made. I recommend that you take an antihistamine medication like Benadryl(which may cause drowsiness) and call your physician to inform him/her of your action to see if another medication is needed. ...Read more

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Ears don't feel like they are burning all the time. It is not any type of rash. Sensation feeling. Warm to touch..?

Ears don't feel like they are burning all the time.  It is not any type of rash. Sensation feeling. Warm to touch..?

Confusing: The way you phrased your question was confusing: what are your specific symptoms and what exactly are you asking? ...Read more

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Why do the outer rims of my ears feel warm to touch and have red itchy small bumps ?

Why do the outer rims of my ears feel warm to touch  and have red itchy small bumps ?

Red itchy rash ears: Often ears are first to be affected if there is an allergic reaction to hair dye. Ears are swollen, red & itchy with small vesicles. Ingredient in hair color that does it is paraphenalinediamine, component of hair dye that gives it black color, present in all hair dyes except bleached blond. If this happened after dying your hair, please see derm as reactions can be severe & worse w/each exposure. ...Read more

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Recently had my tragus pierced and have been rinsing it out in the faucet.Do to this i believe I have swimmers ear, pinna is now warm to touch.Normal?

Not normal: If you have tenderness, warmth are redness you should see a physician, it sounds like you might have an infection (swimmer's ear is an infection of the ear canal tissue). Areas that have been recently pierced and are not treated aseptically are prone to infection. Good luck! ...Read more

Tactile (Definition)

Pleural fremitus is a palpable vibration of the wall of the thorax caused by friction between the parietal and visceral pleura of the lungs. See pleural friction rub for the auditory ...Read more


Warm To Touch (Definition)

Warm to touch means elevated temperature to palpation of the skin. It can indicate inflammation or ...Read more