U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
A 19-year-old female asked:

I keep getting lumps behind my ears, they are small hard lumps i've had weeks at a time, now behind my other ear and i've had no infections, ideas?

1 doctor answer4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine 44 years experience
Sebaceous cysts.: Most likely these are plugged oil glands in the lobe of the ear and in the skin behind the ears. This is a common condition. Warm compresses and observation is usually all that is needed and to leave them alone (no squeezing or picking at them). If they enlarge, they may have to be drained or they may drain spontaneously. They may require some antibiotics if infected. If in doubt, see your pcp.
Last updated Jan 5, 2019


Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.