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I woke up this morning with a dark bruise on the bottom of my earlobe. I have not hit my head and it's not by a piercing.

I woke up this morning with a dark bruise on the bottom of my earlobe. I have not hit my head and it's not by a piercing.

Earlobe bruise: Tender Areas with less skin such as the ear lobe can often bruise, even with minimal trauma or if slept on in the same position for too long etc. Hopefully, in time this is a simple bruise, and it will go away, if it does not, then see you Doc. If you are taking Ibuprofen or aspirin etc, the bruising would stay longer as they increase bleeding risk. ...Read more

Bruise Or Contusion (Definition)

Bruises, or ecchymoses, are discolorations and tenderness of the skin or mucous membranes due to the leakage of blood from an injured blood vessel into the surrounding tissues. A serious disease called pupura presents as a cluster of small bruises called petachia. Petachia often appears as many tiny red dots clustered together, and could indicate a problem. ...Read more


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Red spot on earlobe a few hours ago. Red stop is still there, but the bottom of the earlobe is bruised (like blood pooling). What could it be?

Red spot on earlobe a few hours ago. Red stop is still there, but the bottom of the earlobe is bruised (like blood pooling). What could it be?

Hard to say: Hypersensitivity rxn to earrings comes to mind - is that feasible with the type of earrings you have recently worn? Certain metals, esp nickel alloys, are very sensitizing. Hydrocortisone cream and avoiding further contact would help if that's the cause. ...Read more

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4 yr old daughter wke up w/ stawberry mark, or bruise, perfectly round on middle of earlobe. Late forming birth mark or something else?

4 yr old daughter wke up w/ stawberry mark, or bruise, perfectly round on middle of earlobe. Late forming birth mark or something else?

Strawberry mark: Have you gotten it evaluated by a md? If its a bruise, it's not normal and needs further evaluation. A strawberry nevus usually does not show up this late (@ 4 yrs of age). ...Read more

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I have a bruise and a knot under the skin on my earlobe. It is sore. I am not sure what it could be. It is reddish purple color and it is swollen?

I have a bruise and a knot under the skin on my earlobe. It is sore. I am not sure what it could be. It is reddish purple color and it is swollen?

Reddish purple knot: What you are describing may be a bruise, a vascular lesion or a small skin infection. Best to have your primary care provider or ENT specialist examine you to determine how best to treat and resolve it. ...Read more

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I have a bruise colored lump on the back of my earlobe right under one of the piercings in my ear the lumps sore to touch what may this be?

I have a bruise colored lump on the back of my earlobe right under one of the piercings in my ear the lumps sore to touch what may this be?

? keloid: This may be a form of extra scar tissue called keloid. Ears are a common location, it's due to the trauma of the ear piercing. How long have the lumps been present and are they enlarging. Any history of problems with wound healing elsewhere in the body? ...Read more

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Small lump in right earlobe, been there for a few weeks had it a couple of months ago as well. Only increases in size slightlt and tender when I touch?

Small lump in right earlobe, been there for a few weeks had it a couple of months ago as well. Only increases in size slightlt and tender when I touch?

Earlobe lump: Most common reason is a dermoid inclusion cyst often related to ear piercing. Dermal cells are caught underneath and form a cyst that periodically can get inflamed ...Read more

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Every time I Chew my food, my jaw slowly makes it harder for me to continue. No pain but a tender spot behind my earlobe?

Evaulation needed: These types of issues cannot be properly diagnosed over the internet. I suggest you start by seeing a local dentist for a complete and thorough clinical exam, along with a history of your symptoms, when it started, how often, how intense, getting better or worse, etc. Although it sounds like it might be related to your TMJoint, it can also be a host of other issues. Please set up an appointment. ...Read more

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Small lump behind ear under earlobe, not sore or tender to touch what could it be?

Small lump behind ear under earlobe, not sore or tender to touch what could it be?

Several options: This could be a sebaceous cyst, lipoma, or enlarged lymph node. Suggest that you see your doctor to distinguish between these. If it is not changing quickly and you feel generally well, then there is likely no urgency. ...Read more

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What if I tried to drain an epidermal cyst? I tried to squeeze out the puss and now my earlobe is swelling and has become tender to the touch.

What if I tried to drain an epidermal cyst? I tried to squeeze out the puss and now my earlobe is swelling and has become tender to the touch.

See an MD: It may just be irritated from the pressure but it also may be infected. It is time to go see a professional. ...Read more

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Painful spot behind ear and a tender swollem bump below the spot near earlobe. What is it? Its the right ear and been there since 3 days bump since 1

Painful spot behind ear and a tender swollem bump below the spot near earlobe. What is it? Its the right ear and been there since 3 days bump since 1

Reactive lymph node: You may have a small infection there with a reactive lymph node right below it. If this fails to resolve then see your dr. To make sure there is nothing suspicious that needs a biopsy. We can get infections at a hair follicle that may be causing the tenderness. Get it checked if it doesn't resolve. ...Read more

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I woke up this morning with a sore neck on the left side. Rubbed it and found an almond sized tender lump under my earlobe at the angle of my jaw.

I woke up this morning with a sore neck on the left side. Rubbed it and found an almond sized tender lump under my earlobe at the angle of my jaw.

Neck mass: In this area of your neck, this could be a sebaceous cyst in the superficial skin of the neck, a lymph node, or a parotid gland mass. I do advise you see an otolaryngologist to evaluate this. ...Read more

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Tender in hollow behind rt earlobe by jaw bone and some soreness sometimes runs down neck. Why?

Tender in hollow behind rt earlobe by jaw bone and some soreness sometimes runs down neck. Why?

See an OMS: This sounds like it could be muscle pain and you should see an oms to find out why you are having the pain. Look for an oms or dentist that treats tmj. ...Read more

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Is unexplained bruising on my 5 month olds ear normal?

Is unexplained bruising on my 5 month olds ear normal?

NO!: A bruised ear in a 5 month old needs immediate evaluation. This may be associated with physical abuse. Don't wait-see your doctor today. ...Read more

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On the left side of my head above the ear I have been getting a on an off pain. It feels like a bruise and sensitive to touch?

On the left side of my head above the ear I have been getting a on an off pain. It feels like a bruise and sensitive to touch?

It may actually be: A small contusion caused by minor trauma that you don't remember. It is really not unusual to get a bump on the head while sleeping--on bed frame for example. It would be safe to watch for a few days. You probably don't need pain killers I would guess. If it persists 2-3 weeks or more, see your doctor for evaluation. Remote possibilities include migraine or neuropathy/? nerve impingement. Stay well ...Read more

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How long will it take a bruised nerve in my head, near the back of my right ear to heal? Been suffering for almost two weeks. Thanks

How long will it take a bruised nerve in my head, near the back of my right ear to heal? Been suffering for almost two weeks. Thanks

Depends: Damage to the nerve can recover within a few weeks if the problem requires simple localized re-myelination of the nerve sheath. If the nerve axon was injured it takes longer to heal. (Wallerian degeneration followed by re-sprouting of the nerve axon and successful navigation down the hollow nerve sheath back to its original location.) This depends on the distance the nerve has to "travel" (months) ...Read more

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Hi, I'm quite worried, on the back of my head-left side, in level with my ear... For 3 days now it has been a constant pain, bruised feeling? Help?

Hi, I'm quite worried, on the back of my head-left side, in level with my ear... For 3 days now it has been a constant pain, bruised feeling? Help?

See a doctor: You will need to see your doctor for an evaluation to determine the cause of your symptoms. There are many problems that could cause the symptoms you describe, but only an examination can confirm the diagnosis. ...Read more

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I got hit behind the ear and I have a bruise that looks like a hickey. Hurts to shake my head side to side. Should I be worried or is it nothing?

I got hit behind the ear and I have a bruise that looks like a hickey. Hurts to shake my head side to side. Should I be worried or is it nothing?

Bone bruise: This sounds like a mild bone bruise that will be tender for several days. I wouldn't worry unless you have worsening headaches, dizziness, drowsines vomiting, or hearing problems. ...Read more

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My 2 year old has a bruise on her ear lobe, what to do?

My 2 year old has a bruise on her ear lobe, what to do?

Bruise: Now that the bruise is already there, there's nothing to do other than let it heal on it's own. More importantly would be to find out how he got the bruise as a way of learning how to prevent future, perhaps even more serious, injuries. ...Read more

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My 5 year old slipped while exiting a waterslide and hit the side of her head. A few days later I noticed a red bruise behind her ear. Please advise?

My 5 year old slipped while exiting a waterslide and hit the side of her head. A few days later I noticed a red bruise behind her ear. Please advise?

Nothing to worry abt: If this happened 2-3 days ago and your child has been behaving normally and not complaining about significant pain, then this is unlikely anything to worry about (at this point). Seek medical attention if their behavior changes, the begin vomiting or you have any other concerns. ...Read more

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Just discovered toddler top of ear and towards back is very bruised looking- its bright red, purple and black. Didn't hurt it that I know. Doesn't hurt?

Probably a bruise: Toddlers have a high tolerance for pain and are constantly injuring themselves so he may not have noticed a bruised ear. If you have any suspicions that he may have been abused or if the marks do not fade you take him to your physician. ...Read more

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My Daughter fell and hit her ear and is swollen and dark bruising in the back?

My Daughter fell and hit her ear and is swollen and dark bruising in the back?

Unclear re: question: If you are asking about a child who fell and hit their head hard enough to have bruising, you must certainly be watchful for concussion. An ear is easily swollen and bruised through injury. If there is bruising directly behind the ear, this may be a sign of skull fracture! Have her evaluated by a health care provider to be sure. ...Read more

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Bruising (Definition)

Bruising = a contusion with ...Read more