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My gp prescribed me antibios for abscess/sebaceous cyst behind ear now I have a large boil like lump on neck. What does this mean?

My gp prescribed me antibios for abscess/sebaceous cyst behind ear now I have a large boil like lump on neck. What does this mean?

See a dermatologist: You may have an enlarged lymph node as reaction to an inflamed cyst. Antibiotic therapy may not be effective, drainage or removal of the cyst may be the best treatment. First get an accurate diagnosis. ...Read more

Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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Abscess (Definition)

Occurs when one has an infection in a part of their body, and the infection is being surrounded and fought off by white blood cells, causing a lump of purulent whitish thick material (pus) ...Read more


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Huge abcess appeared behind ear after cartilage piercing, can't afford doctor right now, what can I do? It's very painful do I pop it?

Huge abcess appeared behind ear after cartilage piercing, can't afford doctor right now, what can I do? It's very painful do I pop it?

Cartilage means bad: One's body is an amazing and beautiful creation, regardless of how it was created, and needs no holes punched into it (just as one cannot improve on a sleek new Ferrari by adding extra hood ornaments). No doctor would advise a patient "pop a huge abscess." An exam is needed in order to give advice. One can try HealthTap PRIME for a video consult, or see her primary or ENT doctor for an exam. ...Read more

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I have a small lump on the left side of neck and kind of behind my left ear. Its not an abscess or a pimple. Quite firm like a bone. It hurts at times?

I have a small lump on the left side of neck and kind of behind my left ear. Its not an abscess or a pimple. Quite firm like a bone. It hurts at times?

Possibly lymph node?: Have lymph nodes throughout our bodies to protect us. Some are near surface of skin and you can feel. If you've had an ear infection recently or possibly scratched your scalp nearby the node could have started to swell as it pumped out lymphocytes. If it doesn't go down in a few weeks go see your doc. ...Read more

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Two enlarged lymph nodes behind right ear for over 10 years, had two abscessed teeth totally taken care of a year ago...Still same size. Why?

Two enlarged lymph nodes behind right ear for over 10 years, had two abscessed teeth totally taken care of a year ago...Still same size. Why?

Internet diagnosis: Unfortunately this is not a question you should look for answer for over the internet. It requires a complete medical and dental history and a one on one clinical evaluation. Having said that, they may not be lymph nodes, other sources of infection, growths, chronically inflamed lymph nodes, normal nodes. Find a doctor who can actually examine you and give you a reasonable answer to your question ...Read more

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Have fluid behind ears/ pressure/jaw pain. Dr. said no infection and prescribed Flonase. Will this cause a brain abscess, osteomyelitis or sepsis?

Have fluid behind ears/ pressure/jaw pain. Dr. said no infection and prescribed Flonase. Will this cause a brain abscess, osteomyelitis or sepsis?

All of the things: You mention are infections. If you have negative pressure or uninfected fluid in your middle ears spaces, there is no infection that could spread. The Flonase is to reduce swelling & edema of mucous membranes of your upper respiratory tract, thus allowing your Eustachian tubes to become patent, or open, again at their junction with your nasopharynx & middle ear pressure to normalize. ...Read more

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What does bump behind ear mean?

What does bump behind ear mean?

Bump behind ear: Hello, the bump behind your ear could be the normal mastoid process which is prominent behind our ear or a lymph node. I have seen nodes behind the ear that needed excision. See your doctor for a recommendation. ...Read more

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What causes severe pain behind ear?

What causes severe pain behind ear?

A few possibilities: Infection: skin, mastoiditis, pimple, shingles = common. Also common but rarely diagnosed: inflammation of the posterior or greater auricular nerves. Treatment for this might be neuroprolotherapy. Another cause could be jamming of cranial sutures behind the ear. If problem persists &/or other symptoms like fever or ear drainage-see Dr. Osteopathic exam & manipulation could help suture prob. & infection ...Read more

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Small soft ball behind ear, dangerous?

Small soft ball behind ear, dangerous?

Not likely: An asymptomatic ball or nodiule in that location is likely to be a benign lipoma, a fatty tumor of no pathologic significance. These sometimes enlarge and can be easily removed if it bothers you but these will cause no illness. ...Read more

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How do cancereous lumps behind ear look like?

How do cancereous lumps behind ear look like?

Various forms: Basal cell or squamous cell skin cancers can be very ulcerative and bleed often. Sometimes, basal cell lesions can be very nodular. This is something that should be seen by a dermatologist or ENT doctor. Many other things can cause bumps behind the ears. ...Read more

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What's the cause of dry flaky skin behind ear?

What's the cause of dry flaky skin behind ear?

Seborrhea: Sounds like seborrheic dermatitis an inflammatory skin condition...You can try otc hydrocortisone. See your dermatologist for stronger medications as well as a complete examination. ...Read more

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Getting spasms on the left side of head behind ear?

Getting spasms on the left side of head behind ear?

Head spasm: Spasm behind the ear is the result of neck muscle spasm. It is common and usually has no worrisome underlying cause. ...Read more

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What+could+cause+pain+on+left+side+behind+ear that goes into neck?

What+could+cause+pain+on+left+side+behind+ear that goes into neck?

Several possibilitie: Most likely represents musculoskeletal discomfort, but could be secondary to ear or mastoid inflammation. Should be examined by physician. ...Read more

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I hit my head behind ear and now it's hurting. What can I do for the pain?

I hit my head behind ear and now it's hurting. What can I do for the pain?

Pain behind ear: Hello, I would recommend ice to the injured location as well as alternating between tylenol (acetaminophen) and motrin. This pain should resolve quickly. If it persists after a day or two, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Huge painful knot on head. Right side behind ear. Should I be worried? Could I jave slept on it wrong? Please help! I'm panicking

Huge painful knot on head. Right side behind ear. Should I be worried? Could I jave slept on it wrong? Please help! I'm panicking

Cyst or Lymph node: This is a common area to form small sebaceous cysts. They are formed from the oil/ hair folliclles in the skin. They often do not go away. Sometimes they can get infected and get larger or painful. It could also be a lymph node aggravated by a a scalp or ear lobe infection/ inflammation. See your doctor or an otolaryngologist for evaluation and treatment. They are often removed or excised. ...Read more

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Pain on right side of ear/behind ear area. Starts from bumping ear or when using qtip. Has happened for over a year, lasts all day?

Pain on right side of ear/behind ear area. Starts from bumping ear or when using qtip. Has happened for over a year, lasts all day?

Ear pain NOS: The cartilage to your ear maybe either sensitive to foreign body or an underlying tissue abnormality. Have a doc take a look at it if it is inflamed or infected. ...Read more

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.5cm node behind ear, 1cm node on neck. 1st noticed both 8 mnths ago. Both stable. Is the fact that there are two a cause for concern? Healthy otherwis

.5cm node behind ear, 1cm node on neck. 1st noticed both 8 mnths ago. Both stable. Is the fact that there are two a cause for concern? Healthy otherwis

Well, ....: Lymph nodes are tough to treat as often health individuals like yourself can get these nodes that get inflamed and elevated, often in a benign, possibly allergy mediated way, where they can get blocked and stay enlarged and visible/palpable. Only a biopsy will ever tell if problematic, but your dr can examine you and decide if that ever becomes necessary. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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What causes pain behind ear?

What causes pain behind ear?

Few things: This could be caused by nerve irritation stemming from your upper cervical (neck) spine. It could also be related to your mastoid bone. If you have had any recent infections, such as an ear infection, that infection can migrate to your mastoid bone and cause complications. You also have some muscle attachments just at the base of your skull that could lead to pain in the area. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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What could a hard knot behind ear I have had it for 15 years?

What could a hard knot behind ear I have had it for 15 years?

Node or osteoma: A hard bump could be a lymph node but these usually are mobile. Sometimes the bone behind the ear (mastoid) is not smooth so may feel bumpy. If it sits right behind the ear lobe it could either be a part of the second cervical vertebra or a parotid salivary tumor which can be firm and slow growing. If it is enlarging I suggest it should be evaluated. ...Read more

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Hard as a rock node behind ear for almost 6 months now. I feel horrible. So many symptoms. What test should I get and why is this happening?

Hard as a rock node behind ear for almost 6 months now. I feel horrible. So many symptoms. What test should I get and why is this happening?

Go Tomorrow to Doc: Symptoms and an enlarged, hard, unresolving lymph node needs prompt evaluation to ensure it is not a cancer (lymphoma). It likely will need to be excised and taken to the lab for cell analysis. You also will likely need blood testing.

Don't sit on this. It must be evaluated sooner rather than later. ...Read more

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1 centimeter movable node behind ear? 25 y old male. Been there for about 3 months, I don't think it has grown. Does movable mean its not as serious?

1 centimeter movable node behind ear? 25 y old male. Been there for about 3 months, I don't think it has grown. Does movable mean its not as serious?

Probably normal: Moveable is always better. If it's painless and asymptomatic, 1cm is normal. If it's starts having symptoms or grows, would be reasonable to work up further or consider removing. ...Read more

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Fluid lump behind ear?

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. ...Read more

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Bump behind ear on 4 year old?

Bump behind ear on 4 year old?

Lymph node: There are thousands of lymph node located around the body that help screen out germs in the body serum before it returns to the circulation. There are many in the neck, head & behind the ear. At rest these are often 1/4 inch in diameter and may grow to marble sized when reacting to a stimulus. Bug bites, or viral infections can increase their size. They should shrink down to nl size over a few wks. ...Read more

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Why loose lump behind ear on head?

Why loose lump behind ear on head?

Cyst/node: This may be a cyst or a lymph
node, but best to see your otolaryngologist for an exact diagniosis. ...Read more

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Where are lymph nodes behind ear used for?

Where are lymph nodes behind ear used for?

Immunity: Part of your immune system responsible for an area in a fan shape above and behind that ear, for infection, irritaion, trauma, etc. ...Read more

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What can be done for a soft lump behind ear?

What can be done for a soft lump behind ear?

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. ...Read more

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Is dry flaky skin behind ear a sign of rosacea?

Is dry flaky skin behind ear a sign of rosacea?

Seborrheic dermatiti: Dry flaky skin behind the ears is more likely due to seborrheic dermatitis, a condition that is cause by excessive colonization of a common yeast called pityrosporum ovale (or malassesia furfur). Treatment typically involves reduced colonization, such as the use of head and shoulder, Nizoral (ketoconazole) or selsun blue shampoos. Lather and leave in for 5min then wash off. ...Read more