Top
30
Doctor insights on: Behind My Ears Smell

Share
1

1
Hello doc. When I rub my fingers behind my ear it smells. I wash behind my ears twice a day. Pls doc, is there a medical reason for this?

Hello doc. When I rub my fingers behind my ear it smells. I wash behind my ears twice a day. Pls doc, is there a medical reason for this?

Sebum & Bacterial: Byproducts. Propionic acid, for one, can be produced by a variety of bacteria - propionibacterium species thrive in areas of the skin that have more sebaceous glands. Sebum itself can also be malodorous. Talking with a dermatologist might provide you with some solutions. ...Read more

3

3
My ears keep leaking wax and I still have some wax in my ear and it smells bad. I took medicine a week ago, and my ear hurts so do I go to a hospital?

My ears keep leaking wax and I still have some wax in my ear and it smells bad. I took medicine a week ago, and my ear hurts so do I go to a hospital?

See A Doctor Now: You have not included important information such as the duration of symptoms, medication taken, doctor care already received, etc. With that said, smelly earwax and pain suggest infection. Examination is needed to determine whether this is an external ear (aka swimmer's ear) vs. Middle ear infection because each is treated differently. See your doctor NOW for prompt evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

5

5
I have balls behind my ears, what is the cause?

I have balls behind my ears, what is the cause?

Don't know?: Maybe cysts? There are a # of possible causes. The best way to get an accurate diagnosis would be dermatological evaluation. ...Read more

6

6
Pain behind my ears could it be the sinuses?

Pain behind my ears could it be the sinuses?

No, but: No, but good chance at your age could be TMJ. Or pain behind and below ears could be mastoid pain. See an ENT doc to sort out cause of pain. If TMJ, see TMJ exprt. ...Read more

7

7
How long for fluid behind the ear to clear?

How long for fluid behind the ear to clear?

Middle ear fluid: Hello, the fluid behind your eardrum will typically fully resolve within 3months. It will usually lessen and you will notice relief. If the fluid is thick and viscous, it will resolve slower than a thin and watery fluid. See your doctor for treatment that may help improve your symptoms faster. ...Read more

8

8
Does fluid behind the ear go away on its own? How long does it normally take for fluid to go away?

Middle ear fluid: Hello. It may take upwards of 3 months for middle ear fluid to fully resolve. If it is thick and viscous, it usually takes longer for resolution. ...Read more

9

9
Sudden pain attacks at the right side behind the ear area of the head. What could it be the cause of the pain?

Sudden pain attacks at the right side behind the ear area of the head. What could it be the cause of the pain?

Mastoiditis?: That hard area just behind the ear is the Mastoid. It is possible to get infection there. Often this occurs after or in conjunction with an ear infection. The pain could also be muscular from spasm. ...Read more

10

10
I have a pain-to-the-touch on the back of my head, lower right just behind the ear. I have no other symptons, feel great, no other pain. One week now.

Mastoiditis?: As described, you may have a viral or bacterial infection affecting your mastoid and it is inflamed and painful. Try not to touch the area as it will only aggravate it. Try an NSAID like Ibuprofen, and see the Doctor if it does not go away. Good luck. ...Read more

11

11
Cists are commanlly found behind the ear? I have noticed in my findinds this is comman?

Cists are commanlly found behind the ear? I have noticed in my findinds this is comman?

They can: Two types of cysts commonly occur underneath the skin, epidermoid cysts and sebaceous cysts. Both usually appear as flesh-colored or whitish-yellow smooth-surfaced lumps. Epidermoid cysts form when surface skin cells move deeper into the skin and multiply. These cells form the wall of the cyst and secrete a soft, yellowish substance called keratin, which fills the cyst. Sebaceous cysts form inside. ...Read more

12

12
What causes a boil behind the ear?

What causes a boil behind the ear?

Boil: It may be an infection or you might have an enlarged post auricular lymph node. ...Read more

13

13
If I have a headache but behind my ears? What is my problem?

If I have a headache but behind my ears? What is my problem?

As above: Could be ear infection and could be muscle spasm. If it is not getting better see your PCP
for evaluation and work up. ...Read more

14

14
Weird smell behind ears, liver related?

Weird smell behind ears, liver related?

Shouldn't be: Without knowing more information, it is hard to say, although we don't typically think of smell behind the ears as being liver related, but rather activity related (i.e. After sweating or exercise) or an infection (bacterial or fungal). If you have an underlying liver condition, you are at a higher risk of getting an infection which can cause the smell. Discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

15

15
What is the cause of pressure behind the ear?

What is the cause of pressure behind the ear?

EustachianTubeBlocke: Assuming that you're referring to painless pressure, it may be due to blockage of your eustachian tube which can be congested due to allergies or cold. Best way to get around this, besides time, is an allergy medication, eg antihistamine +/- decongestant. If pressure is painful, you may have otitis media or middle ear infection. We used to prescribe antibiotics but are shying away for this conditi. ...Read more

16

16
What is it if my baby has dry chapped skin behind the ear?

What is it if my baby has dry chapped skin behind the ear?

Baby skin: My first thought is that the soap/shampoo you are using is too drying for your infant. Despite what the baby soap manufacturers lead you to think, many baby soaps are very drying to infant skin. Decrease how often you bathe the infant, use a soap with a built in moisturizer, and use a lotion/cream moisturizer on dry areas once or twice every single day. Baby skin is thin and vulnerable to dryness. ...Read more

17

17
What gland is on the left side of the head, behind the ear?

What gland is on the left side of the head, behind the ear?

Parotid: Parotid gland, large salivary gland under ear, more in front than behind ear. For parotid problems, see ENT doc. ...Read more

18

18
What could a sharp pain on the head behind the ear indicate?

What could a sharp pain on the head behind the ear indicate?

Several options: If the sharp pain is triggered by touching or wind blowing on the area it might be a neuralgia of the occipital or upper cervical nerves. If it just happens without an inciting event and is very brief then it may be difficult to elucidate a cause. Sometimes it can be from muscle spasms in the area. If the pain becomes more constant or ear symptoms develop then see ent. ...Read more

19

19
What can I do to treat facial pain that travels behind the ear and everywhere else?

What can I do to treat facial pain that travels behind the ear and everywhere else?

TMJ: Likely TMJ. Other TMJ symptoms include jaw clicking, chewing pain, limited oral opening If this is you, see TMJ expert. ...Read more

20

20
I have an intense nerve like pain behind the ear sorta of TMJ related! What can I do?

I have an intense nerve like pain behind the ear sorta of TMJ related! What can I do?

See OFP specialist: The Orofacial Pain specialists provide diagnosis and management of pain in the head, face and temporomandibular joints (TMJ). They have trained 2-3 additional years after completing dental school in. They are the experts in this field. Look for OFP specialist near you. ...Read more

21

21
I woke up to two lumps on my head one behind the ear that leads to a bigger one?

I woke up to two lumps on my head one behind the ear that leads to a bigger one?

Lymph nodes: These are probably enlarged lymph nodes. If you have a little cold or something, then this is common. If they don't go down or away in a week or so though, or get worse, I would see your doctor. ...Read more

23

23
Hello! I have a sharp sudden pain on my right side of the neck behind the ear, the pain goes from the neck to the occipit. For seconds. Pls help!?

Hello! I have a sharp sudden pain on my right side of the neck behind the ear, the pain goes from the neck to the occipit. For seconds. Pls help!?

Few causes possible.: Does the pain increase with neck movements, how long you have the pain, any congeniysl bone abnormalities you have of the neck like short neck, any muscular stain possible with weight lifting, sports activities, faulty postion during sleep- being a young male. Pain from side of neck going to occiput region indicates irritation of the cervical (neck) nerve roots. Any problem in ear rare to cause. ...Read more

24

24
A huge lump behind the ear?

A huge lump behind the ear?

See your doctor: Could be a lymph node, a skin cyst, a tumor, or an infection.
This needs to be checked by a doctor. ...Read more

25

25
What is a lump behind the ear be?

What is a lump behind the ear be?

Different options: That area has a lot of things in it both in the skin and below it. Sweat glands, hair follicles and skin cysts as well as lymph nodes, fatty tissue, vessels, cartilege and other things. Is the lump growing, inflamed, painful, painless, draining, recurrent or constant, moveable or fixed...? Each of these (and many more) will provide your doc the answers as to what it is and what needs to be done. ...Read more

26

26
Do glands behind the ear ever need drained?

Do glands behind the ear ever need drained?

Need diagnosis: There are very few if any glands directly behind the external ear or pinna. However, if the swelling is just below the ear, the mass may be a lymph node or a benign cyst or mass in the parotid gland. Finally, a lymph nose may appear behind the ear and does not have to be drained. See an ENT doctor for a specific diagnosis. ...Read more

27

27
What could be a bump behind the ear on your bone be from?

What could be a bump behind the ear on your bone be from?

If it is beneath..: The skin and can be moved around it is most likely a cyst or a lymph node. Congenital cysts are often seen in this area in babies and young children but can appear later in life also. Lymph nodes in this area usually enlarge in response to a scalp lesion above or behind the ear, such as dandruff or a bug bite or scratch. ...Read more

28

28
I have a rash behind my ears side face?

I have a rash behind my ears side face?

Rash: A rash behind ears can be caused by seborrhoic dermatitis which in turn is caused by a fungus. Try using 1 percent Nizoral (ketoconazole) shampoo or consult a dermatologist or your pcp. ...Read more

29

29
Painful lymph node behind the ear.

Painful lymph node behind the ear.

Likely infection: There are a number of conditions which cause lymph node enlargement, with infection being the most common cause.

Behind the ear nodes can come from the ear, the skin, teeth and possibly sinuses.

Take some Ibuprofen (if it's safe for you) and if the node persists, seeks care. ...Read more