Skip to content
My WebMD Sign In, Sign Up
Includes Expert Content
Inflamed anti-tragus
avatar
bellafish posted:
My one year old daughter woke up this morning with a bright red anti-tragus. She doesn't have a fever, isn't pulling on the ear, and has no history of ear infections. No other part of the ear is red. She has been more fussy than normal but she is teething.

I thought if she had hit her ear with her hand or had been rubbing or laying on it it should be less red as time goes on but she has been awake for over an hour now and no change in redness.

I know if I call the doctor the receptionist will tell me to come in. I will go in and the doctor will look at us like we are stupid and send us home.

Any ideas or suggestions??
Reply
 
avatar
Rod Moser, PA, PhD responded:
How old is your daughter? Is she indicating an itching or pain?

Think trauma....sometimes, pressure on this part of the ear when sleeping can do it, or banging into something during the night.

Think bugs....I have seen an entire eye close and an ear twice the size (and red) from a mosquito or non-venomous spider bite (even if you can't see a bite mark).


Featuring Experts

Welcome to WebMD's Ear, Nose, and Throat Community — a site where members help each other. If you have an experience to share or would like ...More

Helpful Tips

Most People with a penicillin allergy can safely take cephalosporinsExpert
Medical providers have always been taught that if you are allergic to penicillin, you have a greater chance of also being allergic to a ... More
Was this Helpful?
30 of 61 found this helpful

Expert Blog

Focus on Flu

Find answers to your questions about seasonal flu issues and answers to your concerns about the flu season and H1N1...Read More

Report Problems to the
Food and Drug Administration

FDAYou are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.