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A 43-year-old female asked:

Fluid lump behind ear?

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Dr. Jefferson Chen
Neurosurgery 34 years experience
Not certain: It sounds like there is a fluid collection in the skin behind the ear. Questions to ask yourself: is this soft? Does it move when you touch it? Is it painful or red? Have you had any surgery in this region? There is a natural " lump" behind the ear that is called the mastoid process. This can have an infection and if there is surrounding fluid this may be the fluid lump rthat you see. See your dr.

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Why loose lump behind ear on head?

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Cyst/node: This may be a cyst or a lymph node, but best to see your otolaryngologist for an exact diagniosis.
A 46-year-old member asked:

I'm worried about a movable lump behind ear. What should I do?

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Dr. Jonathan Owens
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See your doctor: This type of mass may be a lymph node or may something more worrisome. The parotid salivary gland typically extends just behind the earlobe and may develop tumors in that portion of the gland, called the tail of the parotid. You should have your doctor evaluate this mass.
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What to do if i'm young and worried! lump behind ear!?

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Dr. Franklyn Gergits
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Ear lump: Hello, the bone behing your ear is called your mastoid prominence. There are lymph nodes in this area that may become inflamed and cause pain. I would recommend ibuprophen as directed for a few days. If this persists, then see your family doctor. I hope this helps.
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A female asked:

What can be done for a soft lump behind ear ?

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Dr. Visalakshi Vallury
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Monitor : This may be just a benign lymph node. Monitor the lump for changes such as increasing size, pain, texture, pigmentation. Any of these changes indicate a need for further evaluation.
A 50-year-old member asked:

I have hard big lump on neck behind ear?

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Dr. Mark Burke
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See Head & Neck doc.: Possible lymph node vs. parotid gland mass other rare cause. Enlarged nodes from 1) normal response to inflammation 2) lymph node cancer 3) regional cancer moved to lymph node 4) weird infections. Parotid masses usuallu require surgery but 80% are benign. If this has been present for more than a few weeks please see a doc experienced in head and neck disease. Usually a Plastic Surgeon or ENT.

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