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Why is your earlobe swollen red and hot if you have an outer ear infection?

Why is your earlobe swollen red and hot if you have an outer ear infection?

Otitis externa: An outer ear infection (or swimmers ear) can be quite painful and causes swelling of the ear canal and outer ear and lobe (in some cases). These infections require drops at a minimum and may require oral antibiotics. ...Read more

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Ear Infections (Definition)

There are three different types of ear infections that affect different areas of the ear. Outer ear infection (Otitis externa) affects the ear canal and the outside part of the ear. Middle ear infection (Otitis media) affects the middle ear and leads to fluid accumulation behind the ear drum. Inner ear infection (Otitis interna) is a less common inflammation of the inner ear that causes vertigo, ...Read more


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Could your earlobe become red and swollen if I have an ear infection?

Could your earlobe become red and swollen if I have an ear infection?

Ear Lobe: A red and swollen earlobe does not mean you have an ear infection. The only way to make that diagnosis is to have your doctor examine your ear with an otoscope. ...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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Does this sound like a cold or ear infection and should I take him to see a doctor now? 2 year old boy with nasal, and eye drainage and his external ear is completley red with having no injury to his ear. His nose is stopped up but he seems to be playing

Does this sound like a cold or ear infection and should I take him to see a doctor now? 2 year old boy with nasal, and eye drainage and his external ear is completley red with having no injury to his ear. His nose is stopped up but he seems to be playing

It : It is not common for the external ear to be affected with a middle ear infection (the kind of ear infection you get with colds). An outer ear infection (swimmer's ear) can cause redness and drainage, but is fairly painful. Eye drainage, however, can be a sign of middle ear infection. Since he is 2 years old and may not be able to tell you if his ear feels different, you should give his doctor a call and have him checked out. ...Read more

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Taking cipro for an ear infection while travelling. Today I was in the hot sun and devolved a slightly red rash on my exposed chest and neck. Issue?

Taking cipro for an ear infection while travelling.  Today I was in the hot sun and  devolved a slightly red rash on my exposed chest and neck. Issue?

Oral Cipro dangerous: Cipro and related fluoroquinilones have now been condemned by the FDA for use in simple infections such as otitis media, because of the significant risk of horrendous side effects, ranging from sudden death from a single dose (it may cause torsade de points), ormonths of agonizing pain associated with rupture of multiple tendons. It was developed by the Army as a treatment for germ warfare agent ...Read more

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Why would my earlobe be sore after an ear infection?

Why would my earlobe be sore after an ear infection?

Ear infection: I am assuming when you say ear infection it was a middle ear infection not an external infection. It may just be from being manipulated but be sure the pain is not radiating from the bone behind your earlobe which could mean mastoid involvement and you will need treatment. ...Read more

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HI! I am pulling my earlobe, and it feels like something is fizzing. I never had an ear infection or anything. Help?

HI! I am pulling my earlobe, and it feels like something is fizzing. I never had an ear infection or anything. Help?

Earlobe: is it pierced? Sometimes you can get small amount of pus if so. Use warm compress and see if that helps and remove your earrings. ...Read more

Dr. James Ferguson
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Ear Infection (Definition)

Collection of purulent fluid behind tympanic membrane- many times secondary to nasal congestion/ viral uri- that can cause bulging of tympanic membrane, pain, redness or distortion of typical anatomic landmarks of membrane, poor mobility of membrane ultimately, tm can perforate or rupture with subsequent drainage of fluid into the ear canal. May take months for fluid from ...Read more


Dr. Andrew Berry
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more