Pain in the earlobe


Pain on the earlobe can be very uncomfortable and, despite its small spread, represent a major impairment in everyday life.

When it begins to pull or sting on or behind the earlobe, many patients swear by self-therapy.
However, this is often not enough, especially if an inflammatory process is involved.

Often torn earlobes also cause pain. This can happen, for example, when wearing earrings during sport, because it is easy to get caught on them and injuries such as torn earlobes can result.

Pain behind the earlobe

The earlobe is the starting point for pain, especially in girls and women, as earrings and earrings often make it necessary to pierce the earlobe.
There is nothing wrong with that, of course.
It is an absolutely common and usually safe procedure.

However, the piercing should always be under sterile conditions otherwise the pierced hole may become infected.
If there is an inflammation, the pain increases rapidly within a few days, with pulling and stinging on or behind the earlobe.
Usually there are also one swelling of the earlobe and one hardeningthat can also affect hearing.
The cause are bacteriathat have penetrated the open wound on the earlobe and are now multiplying there.

Even if the earlobe does not take up a large area and one does not attach great importance to an inflammation at this point, it is important to act quickly:
An attempt can still be made initially with Glucocorticoids Managing the inflammation so that chronic inflammation does not develop.

However, pain behind the earlobe can also simply be through Pustules caused.
These can be felt as very small lumps directly on the earlobe and are relatively harmless.

They arise when resident there Sebum glands clog, and the sebum under the skin accumulates into a plug.
For example, constipation can occur if a hair waxes, and so the The drainage duct of the sebum is blocked. Basically, pustules on or behind the earlobe can be "expressed".

With clearer Redness, Pain, how Pull and Sting, such as Hearing loss an ENT specialist should be consulted immediately.

Lump behind the earlobe

Often occur especially behind the earlobe small knots that can be felt with the bare hand. This is nothing unusual and nothing to worry about at first.
Behind the somewhat bulky medical term "retroauricular lymph node swelling“There is a swelling of the lymph nodes behind the auricle.

Lymph node swelling can be caused by a variety of diseases:
Your job is this Filtering the one flowing through the body Lymph fluid.
If there is an inflammation in the catchment area of ​​the Lymph node, this swells up and we can feel it as a small knot.
One of the reasons for the swelling of the lymph nodes behind the earlobe was named - inflammation in the ear, nose and throat area. This includes about one Tonsillitis, inflammatory processes in the mouth and throat, as well Inflammation of the parotid gland.

The small nodes are usually easy to move and pressure painful. This is a good sign as there is a high probability that it is "just" an inflammation. In contrast, are hardness, painless, and non-movable lymph nodes often a sign of one malignant process, so one Tumor.

However, a swollen lump does not necessarily have to indicate a disease, it is all the more important to interpret it in connection with other findings.
A symptomatic therapy is in this case not indexed, as the lump usually disappears once the underlying disease has healed.
Lymph node swelling should be checked closely if it does not go away on its own after two to three weeks. Then it may also be necessary to have a Tissue sample (biopsy) from the knot in order to clarify the genesis of the swelling.

For example, there may also be a so-called atheroma, a benign soft tissue tumor that lies in the skin or subcutaneous tissue.
In common parlance, the atheroma is also known as the “groats bag” or “semolina knot”. Preferred places of manifestation of the atheroma are the face, the head and neck area, but also the ears and ear lobes.

Read more on the topic: Groats bags

A distinction is made between the false and the real atheroma.
The false atheroma denotes - similar to a pustule - the laying of several Sebum glands, and the consequent swelling of tissue into a "tissue sac".

The real atheroma refers to dispersed epithelial tissue that grows into a tumor structure. In everyday clinical practice - probably due to the similarity of the two forms - a clear distinction is not always made.
An atheroma can Pain on the earlobe, a Stingso like a Pull cause. Therapy consists in the distance, or opening of the "fabric sack".