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A 19-year-old female asked:

I got my daith pierced almost a week ago and have now started to suffer with ear pain behind the back of my ear ? the piercing doesn't look infected

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Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Infection possible: There are lymph nodes ("glands") behind the ear called postauricular lymph nodes. One of their jobs is to filter out & kill bacteria, preventing infection from getting into the bloodstream. They can become painful & swollen when there is infection of the external ear. Even if the ear itself does not appear infected, there is a possibility that it is so. It is worthwhile being examined in clinic.
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Last updated Mar 12, 2015

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