A member asked:

I noticed 3 raised small lumps (like size of pea) near my left ear. i'm worried it's swollen lymph node. i had a raised pea-lump on bottom chin before?

3 doctors weighed in across 2 answers

Cannot diagnose: Without an exam and the ability to see these lesions cannot tell what they are. If lymph nodes, they are probably doing what they are supposed to, cleaning up inflammation. See your local pcp if these continue or get larger.

Answered 9/29/2017


Dr. Michael Miller answered

Specializes in Wound care

Monitoring Centers: Lymphatic system absorbs/carries things too big to go into the arteries/veins like bacteria eaten by white cells and digested food. Lymph nodes "taste" the lymph for anything bad like bacteria/viruses/cancers, etc. When it detects a problem, it alerts the immune system and your body reacts. They enlarge in response to the inflammation they create when they react. They shrink when all is well.

Answered 9/16/2017



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