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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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What causes a boil behind the ear?

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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

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Boil (Definition)

Boil is also known as Abscess. Abscess is a condition in which a person has an infection in a part of his body, and the infection is being surrounded and fought off by his white blood cells, causing a lump of purulent whitish thick material (pus) where the infection is. Abscesses can be very small like an acne pustule, or they can be ...Read more


Dr. Paul Grin
Board Certified, Pain Management
31 years in practice
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Just curious why my surg did not give me antibiotics before he removes 3 impacted, infected wisdom teeth? I have small boils below jaw and behind ear

Dr. Paul Grin
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Just curious why my surg did not give me antibiotics before he removes 3 impacted, infected wisdom teeth? I have small boils below jaw and behind ear

Not recommended: The overuse of antibiotics being the cause of super-bug infections (e.g. MRSA and VRE). Ask your surgeon for more information. ...Read more

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Dr. William Ehni
Board Certified, Infectious Disease
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Could I have MRSA in my bloodstream along with pneumonia? I was diagnosed with MRSA a week ago when i went to urgent care for a boil behind my right ear. They cultured it and put me on antibiotics. Sure enough it was mrsa. It hasn't even been a full we

Dr. William Ehni
Board Certified, Infectious Disease
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If : If you have fever, chest pain, cough, and shortness of breath in the setting of MRSA skin lesions, you should be seen and have a chest xray if your doctor feels the small risk of the xray in prenancy is warranted by your symptoms and exam. Mrsa can get in the blood if you have pneumonia and can be checked for with blood samples. ...Read more

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Dr. Lawrence Scalzo
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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Good morning Dr. I just started using ichammol ointment last night on a boil i have behind my ears the boil is now soft how long does it take for the?

Dr. Lawrence Scalzo
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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Good morning Dr. I just started using ichammol ointment last night on a boil i have behind my ears the boil is now soft how long does it take for the?

Draws it out: old remedy but if ripe[hot red tender, pustule] need incision and drainage by your dr. may rupture spontaneously , can help it by warm wet compresses 20 min 2-3 x/day till ruptures. if redness spreads or pain increases see your dr cause could get into blood stream. ...Read more

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Dr. Louis Gallia
Board Certified, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
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I have painful bump/boil apprx .75 inch in size near posterior hairline on head behind ear. It happens every 1-2 months @ exact spot. Why & wht to do?

Dr. Louis Gallia
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I have painful bump/boil apprx .75 inch in size near posterior hairline on head behind ear. It happens every 1-2 months @ exact spot. Why & wht to do?

Cyst: Likely recurrent sebaceous cyst. You may need excision. See ENT surgeon for advice. ...Read more

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Dr. Layne Hermansen
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Tender bump in the crease behind ear lobe, no head. Cyst or boil? Seems to be just under skin surface.

Dr. Layne Hermansen
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Lymph node?: A lymph node resides in this area synonymous with mononucleosis (mono / kissing disease ) If you are having other symptoms you need to be evaluated, and possibly for lymphoma given your age and other neck pains. ...Read more

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Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Board Certified, Dermatology
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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?

Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Board Certified, Dermatology
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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?

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

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Dr. Robert Kent
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What causes pain behind ear?

Dr. Robert Kent
Board Certified, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
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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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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Board Certified, Ophthalmology
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Small soft ball behind ear, dangerous?

Dr. Richard Bensinger
Board Certified, Ophthalmology
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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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Dr. Michael Sparacino
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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Let me rephrase a question what is the best way to take your temp to be where is the best place ear, behind ear, orally, rectal?

Dr. Michael Sparacino
Board Certified, Family Medicine
32 years in practice
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Let me rephrase a question what is the best way to take your temp to be where is the best place ear, behind ear, orally, rectal?

See below: Rectal temps are most accurate, unfortunately.

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