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If you’re experiencing pain and it’s not excruciating, you’re probably going to take an aspirin and let it go. You could be masking, however, a far more severe problem. Your health should not take a back seat to any other commitment, and even the most minor of issues needs attention to ensure your physical well-being. Earlobe pain does not sound threatening in the least, and it may not be, but if you’re experiencing earlobe pain, there is some information you need to take into consideration.

Is This an Emergency?

If you are experiencing serious medical symptoms, seek emergency treatment immediately.

Raynaud's Phenomenon

If you're experiencing earlobe pain, one possible cause, according to MedicineNet.com, could be Raynaud’s Phenomenon (RP), which is characterized by “discolorations of the fingers and/or the toes after exposure to changes in temperature (cold or hot) or emotional events."cause:

  • If you're experiencing earlobe pain
  • one possible cause
  • according to MedicineNet.com
  • could be Raynaud’s Phenomenon (RP)
  • which is characterized by “discolorations of the fingers and/or the toes after exposure to changes in temperature (cold or hot) or emotional events." While this syndrome typically affects the more dominant extremities, like the fingers and toes, it can also affect the ears 1

Chilblains

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Like RP, chilblains are usually caused by extreme changes in temperature and rapid fluctuation of the small blood vessels 2. Because chilblains are itchy, ePodiatry.com recommends not scratching them, as you could open them up and cause severe infection 2.

Piercings

According to Dr. Toni Brayer, allergic reactions to nickel, gold, or platinum, which are found in certain earrings, can also cause:

  • severe earlobe pain
  • may result in a lump that will have to be surgically removed

Also, infections resulting from recent piercings may cause severe earlobe pain. Typically, these infections come either as a result of the aforementioned allergy or from improper care of the piercing site.

Treatments and Prevention

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Treatments for allergic reactions to metals in earrings can include the removal of the earring and the use of hypoallergenic earrings, or, worst case scenario, surgery to remove the resulting lump.

According to ePodiatry.com, if you suffer from chilblains, you will need to allow affected extremities, whether toes, fingers, nose, or ears, to warm slowly 2. Remember, the extreme changes in temperature are what typically cause chilblains.

Similarly, you can prevent RP by keeping extremities safe from extreme changes in temperature. Usually, this can be done simply by keeping your body warm or letting cold areas warm slowly.

  • Treatments for allergic reactions to metals in earrings can include the removal of the earring and the use of hypoallergenic earrings, or, worst case scenario, surgery to remove the resulting lump.

Advice

If you're experiencing earlobe pain, even if you think it inconsequential, you must see your doctor. You and your doctor can discuss causes of the pain and possible avenues of treatment.

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