Pain on the earlobe can be very uncomfortable and, despite its low spread, can be 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, it is often not done, especially if it is based on an inflammatory process.
Frequently, torn earlobes also cause pain. This can happen, for example, when wearing earrings during sports, because it easily gets stuck and it comes to injuries such as the torn earlobes.
The earlobe is the starting point of pain, especially for girls and women, as earrings and earrings often require a piercing of the earlobe.
On the other hand, of course, nothing is wrong.
It is an absolutely usual and usually harmless procedure.
However, the piercing should always be done under sterile conditions, otherwise it may cause inflammation of the pierced hole.
In an inflammation, the pain then rapidly increase within a few days, it comes to a pulling and stinging on or behind the earlobe.
In addition, there is usually a swelling of the earlobe and a hardening, which can also affect the hearing.
The cause is bacteria that have invaded the open wound on the earlobe and are now multiplying there.
Even if the earlobe does not occupy a large area, and you initially ignored inflammation at this point, quick action is important:
Initially, one can still try to cope with glucocorticoids of inflammation, so that does not develop a chronic inflammation.
However, pain behind the earlobe can also be caused simply by pustules.
These are palpable as very small nodes directly on the earlobe, and relatively harmless.
They develop when local sebaceous glands clog there, and the sebum accumulates under the skin to form a plug.
For example, constipation can occur when a hair grows in, blocking the duct of the sebaceous gland. Basically, pustules can be "expressed" on or behind the earlobe.
In case of significant redness, pain, such as pulling and stinging, as well as hearing loss, an ENT specialist should be consulted immediately.
Especially behind the earlobe often small knots occur that you can feel with your bare hand. This is nothing unusual, and first of all, nothing to worry about.
Behind the somewhat bulky medical term "retroauricular lymph node swelling" is hidden namely a swelling of the lymph nodes behind the pinna.
Swollen lymph nodes can be caused by a variety of diseases:
Their task is to filter the lymph fluid flowing through the body.
If it comes to an inflammation in the catchment area of the lymph node, it swells up and we can feel it as a small knot.
This was already a reason for the lymph node swelling behind the earlobe called - inflammation in the ear, nose and throat area. These include tonsillitis, inflammatory processes in the mouth and throat, and inflammation of the parotid gland.
The small nodules are usually easily displaced and painful. This is a good sign as it is most likely "just" an inflammation. In contrast, hard, painless, and non-displaceable lymph nodes are often a sign of a malignant process, ie of a tumor.
However, a swollen nodule does not necessarily indicate a disease, so it is even more important to interpret it in conjunction with other findings.
Symptomatic therapy is not indicated in this case as the nodule usually disappears with the healing of the underlying disease.
Lymph node swelling should be closely monitored if it does not disappear by itself after two to three weeks. It may also be necessary to take a tissue sample ( biopsy ) from the nodule to clarify the genesis of the swelling.
For example, there may be a so-called atheroma. These are benign soft tissue tumors that are located in the skin or subcutaneous tissue.
In common usage, the atheroma is also known as a "grits pouch" or "semolina knot". Preferred manifestation sites of the atheroma are the face, the head and neck area, but also the ears and earlobes.
One distinguishes the wrong and the real atheroma.
The wrong atheroma, similar to a pustule, describes the laying of several sebaceous glands, and the consequent swelling of tissue, into a "tissue bag."
The true atheroma, however, refers to scattered epithelial tissue, which grows into a tumor. In everyday clinical practice - probably also due to the similarity of the two forms - is not always clearly differentiated.
An atheroma can cause pain on the earlobe, a stinging, as well as a pulling. The therapy consists in the removal, or opening of the "tissue bag".