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Earlobe symptoms Assessment Questionnaire

Questions Your Doctor May Ask - and Why!

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Earlobe symptoms. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

Create your printable checklist by answering questions that your doctor may ask below:

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  1. How long have you had the earlobe symptoms?

    Why: to determine if acute or chronic.

  2. What particular earlobe symptoms do you have?

    Why: e.g. chilblains may cause earlobe inflammation; methemoglobinemia may cause blue earlobes; Raynaud's syndrome may cause earlobe numbness, pain, pallor or redness; infected ear lobe due to ear ring allergy may cause ear lobe pain, redness, swelling or discharge; eczema may cause dry, red and scaly skin on the ear lobes.

  3. Is there redness around a hole for an ear ring?

    Why: suggests infected ear lobe. Often due to contact allergy to nickel or chromium in an ear ring.

  4. If also blue tongue, is there a history of drug ingestion?

    Why: e.g. potassium chlorate, sulfanilamide, phenacetin, nitrites and nitrates may cause hemoglobin abnormalities and thus central cyanosis.

  5. Has there been exposure to significant cold circumstances?

    Why: e.g. chilblains may cause inflammation, itching or burning sensations to the ear lobes. Often also involves lower legs and feet.

  6. Past history of skin conditions?

    Why: e.g. eczema, psoriasis or seborrheic dermatitis may occur in the ear canal or on the ear lobe and cause itch.

  7. Past medical history?

    Why: e.g. presence of allergic type conditions such as asthma and hay fever may suggest the possible presence of eczema in the ear canal or on the ear lobe which may cause ear itch; possible causes of Raynaud's phenomenon include rheumatoid arthritis, lupus erythematosus, systemic sclerosis, polyarteritis nodosa, Buerger's disease, polycythaemia, leukemia, polymyositis , dermatomyositis; prosthetic heart valves can cause obstructive emboli.

  8. Medications?

    Why: beta-blocker blood pressure medications and ergotamine can cause or aggravate Raynaud's phenomenon; potassium chlorate, sulfanilamide, phenacetin, nitrites and nitrates may cause methemoglobinemia if the person is particularly susceptible.

  9. Cigarette smoking?

    Why: aggravates Raynaud's phenomenon.

  10. Family history?

    Why: inherited methemoglobinemia reductase enzyme deficiency.

  11. Symptoms of Raynaud's phenomenon?

    Why: e.g. sequential discoloration of the digits (and sometimes the ear lobes) from pallor to blueness to redness upon exposure to cold. When fingers (and ear lobes) become red they are painful.

  12. Blue tongue?

    Why: may indicate central cyanosis which is due to a lack of oxygenated hemoglobin in the blood vessels and thus may indicate hemoglobin abnormalities such as methemoglobinemia.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Earlobe symptoms:

The following list of conditions have 'Earlobe symptoms' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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