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When you have pain behind the ear, it can be a sign of many things, like an infection called swimmer’s ear. Or from a buildup of earwax. Other times, the pain may not even be coming from your ears, but is a sign of a problem in a different area, including your jaw (TMJ) or a dental issue.
Outer ear pain can most commonly be caused by environmental conditions such as water exposure or extreme cold weather that can lead to frostbite of the outer ear. Other causes for ear pain include irritation from obtrusive objects like cotton swabs or fingers.
Swelling behind the ear is most commonly caused by swollen lymph nodes or an ear infection caused by bacteria, fungus or a virus. Most individuals with swollen glands behind the ear may also be experiencing pain behind the ear or headaches. Most of the time, if the swelling happens gradually over time and is not particularly bothersome, it will resolve on its own and we recommend a few home treatments below. But if accompanied by fever, pain, or worsening redness, seek an ENT doctor.
Hearing a thumping in your ears, also known as pulsatile tinnitus, can be caused from Meniere's disease, which can affect your balance and hearing. Other causes of pulsing in the ear include earwax buildup or temporomandibular joint dysfunction disorder. Read below for more information on causes and treatment options.
Ear discharge is fluid located in the ear that can have many different characteristics. While white yellow earwax is an expected and healthy ear discharge, abnormal discharge colors can be caused by an ear infection affecting the ear canal, or a ruptured eardrum.
Bleeding from the ear is hard to ignore. It is important to known which part of the ear is bleeding because the location is a tell for the cause. Bleeding can come from damage to the ear canal skin, ruptured eardrum, especially if there is a foreign object in the ear or a middle ear infection.