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Blisters In Ear

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  • Posted By: yellowstar
  • July 4, 2009
  • 07:57 PM

I woke up Tuesday AM with the upper part of my left ear in pain. I thought I slept on the ear wrong, but when the pain lasted for more than an hour, I got concerned. I noticed that the left ear was bright red, and slightly swollen. My right ear was normal. The pain was a stinging, burning sensation, and the ear was warm to the touch. About mid-day, I noticed white bumps forming on the pinna, one on the rim, one lower (closer to the entrance to the outer ear)-- I later realized the bumps were blisters. I saw a doctor later in the evening, who took a culture, believing that I had a shingles outbreak. I was given a prescription for Valtrex and Cephalexin. Today the results came back negative for both herpes and/or any kind of growth. It has been five days, the ear has (mostly) cleared up, but it is still sensitive to the touch (probably due to the skin sensitivity from a burst blister). I spent all week searching the Internet for clues, and although I read of similar situations, there doesn't seem to be a clear diagnosis. I have NEVER had anything similar happen, I'm not allergic to anything, and I was not in the sun in any days leading up to this incident. I had no other symptoms. Other things that may help: My diet for the previous two days was normal, and I live in Virginia. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated!

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