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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

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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Boil (Definition)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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