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Your Cut on the Ear May Also be Known as:
Cut my ear
Cut on my ear
Ear cut
Sliced my ear

Top 3 Cut on the Ear Causes

  1. 1.Swimmer's Ear (Otitis Externa)

    Swimmer's ear, also known as otitis externa, is inflammation, irritation, or infection of the outer ear and ear canal.

    You should go to your primary care doctor in the next day or so. There, diagnosis can be confirmed by observation. Treatment with antibiotic drops will be started.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    fever, ear canal pain, ear fullness/pressure, jaw pain, ear pain that gets worse when moving
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

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  2. 2.Wound Not Requiring Stitches

    Open wound or cut that does not require stitches

    You can safely treat this condition on your own with steri-strips or band aids.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    recent cutting accident, not bleeding or easily-stopped cut, joint cut
    Symptoms that always occur with wound not requiring stitches:
    recent cutting accident, not bleeding or easily-stopped cut
    Symptoms that never occur with wound not requiring stitches:
    deep, jagged, or gaping cut, cut on the face, cut that did not stop bleeding with more than 20 minutes of pressure, cut on the penis, cut on the vagina
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  3. 3.Temporomandibiular Joint (Tmj) Dysfunction Disorder

    The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is located in front of the ear, and it connects the jaw to the side of the head. Temporomandibular disorder (TMD) is a painful condition which can be caused by excess tension in jaw mucles, faulty alignment between upper and lower teeth, arthritis in the joint, or injury of the jaw or face.

    You should visit your primary care physician. This is a complex condition to treat, because the causes are not always clear. Treatment may include resting the jaw with a soft diet, pain medications, and physical therapy.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    dizziness, history of headaches, pain, restricted movement, and clicking sounds from jaw, pain in the back of the neck, jaw pain
    Symptoms that always occur with temporomandibiular joint (tmj) dysfunction disorder:
    pain, restricted movement, and clicking sounds from jaw
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Cut on the Ear

  • Q.Do you have a rash?
  • Q.How long has your ear been red?
  • Q.How severe is your ear pain?
  • Q.How red is your ear?

If you've answered yes to one or more of these questions, check our cut on the ear symptom checker.

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Cut on the Ear Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced cut on the ear have also experienced:

    • 25% Pain in One Ear Canal
    • 25% Ear Redness
    • 25% Scabbed Ear Bump
  • People who have experienced cut on the ear were most often matched with:

    • 33% Swimmer's Ear (Otitis Externa)
    • 33% Wound Not Requiring Stitches
    • 33% Temporomandibiular Joint (Tmj) Dysfunction Disorder
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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