Head, Ears, and Nose

The head, ears and nose are located on the upper part of the human body. The head houses the ears and the nose, which are two of the five sensory organs of the body.

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Head, Ears, and Nose
Respiratory System

Why does cold weather cause runny noses?

A couple different cold-weather factors contribute to there being just too much fluid for the nose to hold (gross, I know, but true).

First, because winter air tends to be very dry, the nose has to produce a lot of extra fluid to humidify it properly on its way to the lungs. Sometimes it makes so much that it runs right out the end of the nose.

What’s more, when that warm, moisturized air gets breathed back out into cold, dry surroundings, it condenses on the cold tip of the nose, adding even more fluid.

Head, Ears, and Nose
Nose Bleeds

Is it ok when having a nose bleed for blood clots to come out?

  • First, the fact that you are having nosebleeds may not be a very good indication to begin with. Nosebleeds are often caused due to damaged mucus membranes. The problem with having your mucus membranes damaged is that there is a possibility that you can develop nasal polyps. This is not a nice condition, as nasal polyps are growths inside your nose that can cause a lot of pain and, in the more severe cases, even change the shape of your face in that nasal area.

    The blood clots simply mean that your blood is drying within the nasal passage or even in the sinus cavity.

  • I would like to know the answer to this question also. I had a very large blood clot that I pulled from my left nostril. Only one nostril was bleeding and stopped soon after.
  • My kids have the same problem. I don't see any answers posted, but this must be fairly common if there are multiple posts.
  • When your nose bleeds, the blood clotting is what eventually stops the bleeding. I am not a doctor, but it seems logical that you would see blood clots if you didn't allow the clot to stabilize and harden before blowing/picking your nose.
    • your right the blood clots are just the blood stopping the flow it is ok to see them but if you do see them stop blowing or it wont clot and it will keep bleeding
  • This can be caused by the blood congealing in your nasal carriageway and coming out in clots. But see your doctor if you are concerned.
Conditions and Diseases
Head, Ears, and Nose

Why is a headache only on the left side of head?

There are a wide variety of answers to this question. The most common and least dangerous is a muscular strain at the neck or front of the skull, producing a unilateral headache. Another possibility is migraines.

Have you worked out hard recently? Fallen, or been invovled in a car accident? Heavy duty stress? Any of these can cause these symptoms. First let's check the easy, likely stuff,and go from there.

A bit more:

Migraine headaches often occur on the same side of the head each time, especially for those who have them on a fairly frequent basis. For years I had migraines, which were always on the right side. Some people have them on the right side, some on the left.

If you continue to have them, or if you've already been having them for a while, you really need to see a doctor for a diagnosis and treatment.

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Head, Ears, and Nose

Is there a hereditary link to food allergies?

Yes-sometimes food allergies/intolerances can be hereditary. This is most common when there is a history of allergies in the family.

Oral Health and Dental Care
Head, Ears, and Nose

Can a bad wisdom tooth cause throat and ear pain?

Yes. The eruption of wisdom teeth may cause pain and swell in the affected area. In some cases, infected wisdom teeth may also cause pain in the entire jaw, neck, and throat, as well as headaches. A wisdom tooth infection might also cause sore throats and swollen lymph glands just under the jaw which causes ear pain as well. Swelling of the face and jaw, pus drainage and the presence of a bad smell or taste in your mouth are other common signs of infected wisdom teeth. You may also find it very difficult to chew or eat.

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Head, Ears, and Nose
Ear Infection

Is my dizziness the result of ear infections or dental infections?

Answer common. Make sure you see a doctor, just to be sure. If it is an ear infection Your dizziness could be caused by an ear infection, but if it is a dental problem, it is probably inflammation of the TMJ bone in your skull. I have TMJ problems myself, and I sometimes get dizzy, have pain that feels like it is inside my ear, and get headaches and jaw aches from time to time. Either way, you should go to the doctor and have it checked out, but if you have pain in your ears and jaw (and sometimes in your neck), and you feel and popping or clicking in your jaw, you may want to visit a dentist first.

Head, Ears, and Nose

Why do you have random nosebleeds?

Nose bleeding is the result of blood vessels that have collapsed within your nose. Common causes include: nose picking, becoming very excited and certain illegal drugs.

While there are a lot of reasons a person may have random nose bleeds, people with bleeding disorders can often get nose bleeds for no obvious reason. Frequent nose bleeds might be something to discuss with your doctor, especially if you tend to get bruises often. One of the symptoms of von Willebrand's can be spontaneous soft tissue and/or mucus membrane bleeds. While many different bleeding disorders can cause similar events, the disorder named von Willebrand's Disease is actually very common and under-diagnosed.

Many females get unnecessary hysterectomies because they were never appropriately diagnosed and thus never knew the simple ways they could treat the condition. Not knowing that a person has a mild bleeding disorder can also leed to many complications if the person has surgery or gets in an accident.

Head, Ears, and Nose

Is one nostril bigger than the other?

Almost always, Yes. Whether noticable or not, the two sides of the face ARE different.

Most of the time, due to a blockage further up in the passage, makes the nostril flare due to more use, more demand to compensate. Hope this helped you, and Good Luck.

Head, Ears, and Nose

Hissing-sound like breathing in your left ear what is it and what do you do to stop it?

It seems something might be broken inside. Go to a doctor.

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Head, Ears, and Nose

Could an allergy cause swelling under one eye?

Yes. When you notice it take your usual allergy medicine. Also, put an ice pack on the swollen area. Swelling should reduce.

See your doctor/emergency center if:

You do not know that you suffer from allergies

swelling doesn't reduce within one hour of treatment

Head, Ears, and Nose

Why do your ears feel stuffed?

Sometimes fluid and mucus become trapped in the ear instead of flowing down the throat.These will make the ear to get stuff. It also leads to cold,influenza and sinusitis. when your ear get stuff,you have hearing loss,you will listen sounds in higher volume and you can feel your ear get wattered.Dr. Ravi Kumar MBBS, MS has been working as a ENT surgeon in hyderabad, India for 25 years that he has been treating all kinds of treatments Like ENT and Head & Neck.

Head, Ears, and Nose
Skeletal System
Ear Infection

Painful hard lump behind ear which hurts when you touch it should you be worried?

It probably is a swollen lymph node, which could be from a range of things. If you have a thyroid problem it could be from that, it could just be an infection and it could just be allergies as well.

Here are some of the things that the swollen lymph node could be from:

  • common cold
  • infection
  • hyperactive thyroid / thyroid disease
  • lymphoma [ tumor in the lymph node]
  • gingivitis
  • viruses
  • mononucleosis
  • tonsillitis
  • Hodgkin's disease
  • Leukemia
  • Tuberculosis
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Toxoplasmosis
  • Secondary syphilis
  • Yaws
  • Cat scratch fever/allergies
  • Lymphatic obstruction

[ Those are just some of the reasons they could be]

I would call the doctor immediately if you , cannot move your neck , if the overlaying skin is red, rapid increase of size with in a couple of hours, fever over 105, diffculting breathing and swallowing. If this is happening and you can't get a hold of your doctor, go to an emergency room!

If your lymph node is extremely tender to the touch , have a problem moving neck/head/arm/leg, increase to an 1 in or more , fever lasting more than 2-3 days, i would call with in 24-to 48 hours... if you cant move ur neck arm legs ect, call with in 24!

Honetsly, I wouldn't jump the gun and say this is cancer. Lymph Nodes stay swollen for a 2-4 weeks than eventually go down. I would still call your main physician and tell him/her your sympthoms and let them judge for you whether or not you should go in and see them.

If you want some of the pain to go down, get a hot wash cloth and put it over the bump... but please do not take aspirin when having this.

I also read that the more you touch it the longer it takes for it to return to a normal size... not sure if this is true but just in case...

Hope this is Helpful...

Cold and Flu
Head, Ears, and Nose
Respiratory System

How can you make your throat sore?

by shouting like a maniac or eat crisps

Conditions and Diseases
Head, Ears, and Nose

Can wearing a hat give you a headache?

Yes, it's possible that a hat may cause or trigger any of several different headache types. The most common headache type triggered by wearing a hat is called Tension Type Headache. The only way to know is to be seen by a doctor however, as there are other reasons wearing a hat may cause pain which need to be diagnosed and treated.

Head, Ears, and Nose
Human Anatomy and Physiology

Is a medium-sized bump on the back of your head normal?

You can rest easy, the bump at the back of your skull is a normal feature of every human's skull. It's called the occipital protuberance.

On its own, a lump like that may not mean anything at all. People can quite often develop small fatty build-ups called lipomas, which sit just below the skin. These are harmless.

There are also some glands at the back of your head, just below the largest prominence of bone. These are called the occipital lymph nodes. It is possible (although not common) to develop a lymphoma of these glands. While not wanting to scare you, you should definitely get these checked by your doctor, particularly if they have been getting any larger, or you experience weight loss or night sweats.

More input from contributors:

  • Bumps on the back of the head usually mean one of two things. One caused by muscle tension and stress. The other which is hereditary, i have this bump as well as my entire family. It is called the anatolian bump. It comes from an isolated area in turkey.
  • My Dad had these small lumps, not only on his head, but also on his arms and legs. He was told that some people make lumps and some make stones eg gall bladder and kidney stones. He was also told they were to do with Cholesterol and that they were okay unless they caused pain. One big one in his leg made it sore when he walked and they removed it in day surgery. I don't think anyone should worry about these as my dad is still going strong!
  • For as long as I can remember I have had a medium sized bump on the back of my head. It is not visually prominent but can be felt. It is definitely bone as it is hard and gives me no pain. I have never had any sort of pain or problem with it but I am getting it looked at by a doctor soon.
  • The bump you are experiencing is most likely a Sebaceous Cyst. Nothing to worry about.
  • Answer I discovered one to but different from the others mine causes me pain if i touch it, I've had it for a while and no health problems. Just an inconvenience i keep on forgetting to see the doctor because i rarely put pressure on that spot. If it was something really bad i think i would have headaches, nosebleeds or something else.
  • 5 years ago i was diagnosed with chronic headaches, but the reason was unknown. I realized that the worse the headache the larger the golf ball sized hard mass would grow. and when i didn't have a headache the lumps wasn't there at all. the doctor put me on topamax, which i slowly weaned my self off of and i was headache free for 5 years, now it is time to go see the doctor again.
  • I recently discovered that my boyfriend has a small bump on the back of his head that is about the size of a dime or nickel. His mother has it as well. They both suffer from really bad headaches and I noticed that he gets them when he is applying pressure to it by laying down or resting his head back on something that isn't soft. It worries me a little, but I am wondering if it is genetic, because his mother has it as well. However the fact that it causes him to have terrible headaches makes me wonder if it isn't more.
  • I am 21 years old and i think i may have a cyst at the back of my head on the left hand side half way up the rear of my head. I have had it since i was 15 ive never had it checked out because it has never caused me any pain or discomfort as yet. It is just a bit smaller than 5pence piece, its like half of a small ball sticking out of your head. It doesn't seem to have grown in size over the past 3 years but i have had 2 small ones appear on the top of my head close to each other, each 1 being about half the size of a peanut. Ive not been to my gp or anything like that to be honest it was my barber who thought it may be a cyst. I think its time i got this sorted out so any comments or advise would be much appreciated.
  • I have a medium sized hard lump which feels completely like bone. The skin is normal around it and over it. I noticed it about six months ago. I have had no symptoms or problems with it at all, and this is even more worrying because no doctor was able to give me an explanation. I was wondering whether I could have banged my head and the lump just never went away, but it feels like part of the skull. It is compeletely baffling me.
  • I have a similar lump on the back of my head, near my right ear. I was worried so I went to the doctor. According to him there is a line running roughly from ear to ear around the back of your skull to which the ligaments from your neck attach. The lump I found is simply a nodule of bone and ligament built up on that line where the neck ligaments attach. And (interestingly) these lumps and bumps on that line can slowly migrate around over the years! Amazing.
  • I am 40 and now have a slightly tender, ping pong sized ball on the lower, left rear of my head. It's making me sick with worry and suppose I will go to doctor. However when I was about 26, I found a marble sized, bone hard lump on the left front of my skull. The doctor removed it and it turned out to be a perfectly normal, harmless piece of calcified bone.
  • I have had a hard lump on the back of my head for 5 months now. I am now 31 and was diagnosed with RA in April of 2005. It seems as though as soon as I was diagnosed and started on a cocktail of meds, I just woke up with the lump one morning, (also woke up with a swollen lymph node in my armpit, which has since proved to be benign). The General Surgeon that I see does not seem to be concerned with it as it has not grown, however 4 out of 5 days I have excruciating headaches in which I have attributed to all the meds. Who know at this point. I am seeking a second opinion now.
  • I have two small like pea size bumps on my head, one on the left side and one on the right. I've had one of them there since I was younger and the left side one is starting to grow. I haven't notified my doctor because I don't know if its serious and I don't know if I will have to go through surgery and if they are going to need to cut all my hair off.
  • I have a small hard lump on the back of my head, its weird as its in the dead center of the back of my head. It's hard like bone and doesn't move about with my skin. I'm going to the doctors in a few days just to make sure it is not anything bad!
  • I have a similar thing, its one bump in the dead center of my head, it only worries me when I think about it but I can feel it when I put pressure on it (i.e. lie down with pressure directly on my head ie. dentist chair). It's fixed and feels like bone. It doesn't move around when I touch it but gets bigger and smaller as I tilt my head forwards and backwards, as if its attached to my skull. It doesn't hurt and a doctor checked it out and he said that if my mum has it (she does, just not as big) then I should be okay, as long as its not growing or changing over time. Hope that helps.
Head, Ears, and Nose

What does black ear wax mean?

Dark earwax is just earwax that has been in your ears for a very long time. It doesn't mean that there is anything wrong with you, but if you are experiencing any discomfort or hearing loss you should see your physician immediately. Otherwise you can just use some of the over the counter medications or such to break up or soften the old earwax & make it easier to remove.

Head, Ears, and Nose
Body Piercing

How do you get rid of a plum on your ear after a piercing?

I'm guessing that the "plum" looks like a bubble or ball around the piercing. That's called hypertropic scarring. Go out and buy some tea tree oil as it will be your best friend. Put a little bit on a q-tip or your finger then rub it on the bubble. The oil dries up the scarring and it will start peeling of in layers so don't freak out! The scarring may grow so start the oil treatments as soon as possible.

Head, Ears, and Nose

Scientific name for nose?

The "proboscis", circa 1600, from the Latin proboscis, term carried over by Pliny from the Greek proboskis, meaning "elephant's trunk", literally: "means for taking food".

Head, Ears, and Nose
Ear Infection

Can ear infections make you deaf?

Some types of hearing loss can be caused by problems which may be treated medically, such as ear infections or a perforated ear-drum. These types of loss can often improve. So the Chance of being deaf due to ear infection is small.

Deafness due to ear infections is extrememly rare. But there is a slight risk. Most likely what happens with people is the ear goes deaf for a few days or even more rarely weeks.

Head, Ears, and Nose
Body Piercing

What does it mean if your ears bleed when your stretching or gauging them but it doesnt hurt whatsoever?

As you are not creating a new wound, simply utilizing the elasticity of your skin to open a preexisting hole further, there should be no blood, ever. Just because there is no pain does not mean that it is nothing to worry about. The blood could be because your ears were not fully healed from a previous tear, a new tear, or a major blowout (though I imagine it is rare for a blowout bad enough to bleed to come with no pain), and none of these things are good. If you experience bleeding from a piercing, no matter if it hurts or not, you are putting your piercing at risk by continuing as you are. It is best to remove the jewelry (or at least return to the previous size) and allow time for the piercing to heal before attempting to stretch again.

Head, Ears, and Nose

Do people sneeze in their sleep?

Generally people with minor nasal disorder, sneeze in their sleep, which causes must discomfort to the inmates. Sneezing can be rectified by homeo medicine.

Head, Ears, and Nose

Why do people flare their nostrils?

This is a genetically mediated response of fear or anger (fight or flight response). It is instinctual.

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Does focalin xr give you headaches?

Yes, one of the possible side effects of Focalin XR is headaches. I've taken it for over four years now and have somewhat concluded (for me atleast) that stress plays a major role in causing a headache-not a normal headache though, a bit stronger, not too fun at all--this is especially so when you have your concentration broken when trying to complete something (ex:trying to complete a project at work and a fellow co-worker begins to bug you in some way)-small things like that have caused major headaches lasting for hours.
Make sure you get proper sleep as well-a lack of sleep causes them from too much stress on the brain. Hope this helped somewhat,

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Medication and Drugs

Can post nasal drip cause nausea?

Of course, im sitting here now with the same nasy problem, take some benadryl and you should be ok

Antihistamines such as Allergy medications (benadryl, zyrtec, cleratine, allegra, etc) do help temporarily by shutting down the mucus production.

I've had post nasal drip for over 5 years now, it makes you cough in the mornings and sometimes gets pretty uncomfortable. I use antihistamines however I pretty much would have to use it all the time lol

so I found that sinus flush have been working for me.

You go to Amazon, or to local pharmacy (cvs, wallgreens, even walmart) and you buy either nasal irrigator or what I found works better nasal syringe.

You fill it with warm water, and slowly squeeze the water in one of your nostrils, (make sure it doesn't leak from the same nostril).

Squeeze the water slowly, you will feel as the water fills all your sinus cavities and after a couple seconds as you squeeze starts dripping from the other nostril -that's what you want because it means it reached all the sinuses and now flushes all the bacteria and mucus out.

Now there is that moment when the water goes up your nose to the sinuses, that moment sucks cuz always gives me a headache (it's the same feeling if water gets up your nose in the pool or lake), but when you get past that its ok (you can adjust your head tilt, I found that it depends on your head position).

Make sure the water comes out thru the other nostril....

As much as the allergy pills help you temporarily, you can use it as a adition to those.

I have been using it once a day or once every few days for about 5 minutes from one nostril to another, and so far don't have to take allergy pills at all, my sinus feels very clear and less dripy, no cough in the mornings either.

It didn't eliminate completely the nasal drip but reduced it so I don't notice that and no flem or the bacteria in there anymore cuz they all com out with the water....

So far it works well :)

Head, Ears, and Nose
Migraine Headaches

How do you get a headache?

You can get a headache for many, many different reasons, including being too hot, hearing loud noises, being hungry, being thirsty, or being tired.

If you have back problems it can cause you to have a headache if something is out of place. Also if you don't have enough sleep and stay up really late for a few days it can cause you to have a headache. If you get hit in the head with an object it could cause one too.


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