What is ear swelling?
Ear swelling is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues in or around your ear. The skin around your outer ear is very thin, so even a small amount of swelling is obvious. Swollen ears may be red, painful to the touch, or feel itchy.
Ear swelling can be caused by trauma, like from getting hit in the ear by a ball or even getting your ears pierced.
Some medical conditions, like an ear infection, can cause your ears to swell.
If the swelling is uncomfortable, using ice or heat, on and off, can reduce swelling and lessen pain. Over-the-counter pain medications like acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil) may help, too.
While a swollen ear isn’t usually serious, it can be a sign of an infection that needs to be treated right away. It’s important to monitor your symptoms and see a doctor if they get worse.