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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

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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Boil is also known as Abscess. A boil is an infected epidermoid cyst of the skin. Usually related to sebaceous glands, which secrete waxy/oily lubricant ...Read more


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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

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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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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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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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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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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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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 and motrin. This pain should resolve quickly. If it persists after a day or two, see your doctor. ...Read more

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I'm worried about a movable lump behind ear. What should I do?

I'm worried about a movable lump behind ear. What should I do?

See your doctor: This type of mass may be a lymph node or may something more worrisome. The parotid salivary gland typically extends just behind the earlobe and may develop tumors in that portion of the gland, called the tail of the parotid. You should have your doctor evaluate this mass. ...Read more

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