Causes of swelling in the earlobe?

The earlobe (auricle) can swell for various reasons. The swelling of the earlobe can be on the outside of the ear or in the ear canal behind the eardrum inside the ear.

The earlobe (auricle) can swell for various reasons. The swelling of the earlobe can be on the outside of the ear or in the ear canal behind the eardrum inside the ear.


Possible causes of swelling in the earlobe include the following:

Ear infections: Swelling in the earlobe can be a symptom of ear infections. Ear infections usually cause swelling, pain, redness and discharge from the ear canal or eardrum.

Trauma: The earlobe may swell as a result of a blow or injury. Swelling may be more common after blows, especially due to the sensitivity of the cartilage structure within the earlobe.

Inflamed skin conditions: Some skin conditions can cause swelling of the earlobe. These conditions include eczema, psoriasis and fungal infections.
Tumours in the earlobe: In rare cases, swelling in the earlobe can be a symptom of tumours. Such conditions are particularly common in the ear canal area behind the eardrum.

Fluid accumulation in the ear: Fluid accumulation in the ear can also cause swelling of the earlobe. This can occur especially after ear infections.

Swelling in the earlobe can cause different symptoms depending on the underlying causes. Swelling and pain in the earlobe may be a symptom of ear infections, while swelling in the earlobe with tenderness may be post-traumatic. Since swelling of the earlobe is a symptom of an underlying condition that needs to be treated, it is advisable to consult your doctor, especially if there are other symptoms such as ear pain or hearing loss.

31 Mar 2024 - 14:21 - English

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