[22/F] Swollen outer ear (ear flap) on cartilage area

Hello! For background info, I am 22, female, Asian ethnicity, 120 lbs, 5’1” height. No medications, rarely drink and don’t smoke or do drugs.

I have a rather specific question about an ear problem that I’ve had for the past couple weeks, and had experienced several years ago. There’s a swollen area on the cartilage area. Here is a picture: https://imgur.com/a/eKzi386 where the left side is the unaffected ear and the right side is the affected ear.

Six years ago I had this same problem on both ears. Both times were caused by rubbing and itching my ear, and I am unable to anticipate under what circumstances it will start to swell. Last time I got it checked out by an ear doctor and turns out the swollen parts were filled with blood, so the doctor drained my ears. Then he completely bandaged my head (to keep pressure) and it was really embarrassing so I’d rather not have to do that again.

Asking for your opinions and expertise - does this seem like something serious that I have to get checked out?

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