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I was punched in the side of the head. Had aweful headache for 8 hrs &now massive bruise and swreling on ear& bruise behind ear. Nauseous. Head sore 2?

I was punched in the side of the head. Had aweful headache for 8 hrs &now massive bruise and swreling on ear& bruise behind ear. Nauseous. Head sore 2?

ER trip maybe.: This blow has affected your spelling. If it is affecting vision, balance, sensation, strength or speech; or if pain is increasing you need an exam and possibly a brain scan. External bruising is not a reflection of internal (brain) injury. Neurologic symptoms are. ...Read more

Bruise Or Contusion (Definition)

Bruises, or ecchymoses, are discolorations and tenderness of the skin or mucous membranes due to the leakage of blood from an injured blood vessel into the surrounding tissues. A serious disease called pupura presents as a cluster of small bruises called petachia. Petachia often appears as many tiny red dots clustered together, and could indicate a problem. ...Read more


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My 5 year old slipped while exiting a waterslide and hit the side of her head. A few days later I noticed a red bruise behind her ear. Please advise?

My 5 year old slipped while exiting a waterslide and hit the side of her head. A few days later I noticed a red bruise behind her ear. Please advise?

Nothing to worry abt: If this happened 2-3 days ago and your child has been behaving normally and not complaining about significant pain, then this is unlikely anything to worry about (at this point). Seek medical attention if their behavior changes, the begin vomiting or you have any other concerns. ...Read more

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About a month ago I noticed a bruise behind my right ear. There was no injury to cause it and when I touch it I get dizzy. What could it be?

About a month ago I noticed a bruise behind my right ear. There was no injury to cause it and when I touch it I get dizzy. What could it be?

Well: Could be an injury you don't remember. Rarely they could be a bleeding disorder. Recommend consult Healthtap or primary care doctor for specific diagnosis ...Read more

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I got hit behind the ear and I have a bruise that looks like a hickey. Hurts to shake my head side to side. Should I be worried or is it nothing?

I got hit behind the ear and I have a bruise that looks like a hickey. Hurts to shake my head side to side. Should I be worried or is it nothing?

Bone bruise: This sounds like a mild bone bruise that will be tender for several days. I wouldn't worry unless you have worsening headaches, dizziness, drowsines vomiting, or hearing problems. ...Read more

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I hit my ear, it's bruised around inside lining & swollen & got a lump behind the ear. My ear feels stiff and hurts. How long will that take to heal?

I hit my ear, it's bruised around inside lining & swollen & got a lump behind the ear. My ear feels stiff and hurts. How long will that take to heal?

A week or so...: The skin of the ear is well-supplied with blood vessels, while the inner cartilage is not. This supply of blood vessels allows for good healing in general, with appropriate wound care. The bruise (which is blood staining the skin from within) may linger and can look worse before it looks better. If stiffness and pain persist, it is best to be evaluated by a physician. ...Read more

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My husband woke up with swelling behind his left ear and a bruise under his ear and now more bruises have appeared on his lower neck under the back of?

My husband woke up with swelling behind his left ear and a bruise under his ear and now more bruises have appeared on his lower neck under the back of?

These signs could: Potentially signify a serious condition associated with a blood problem. Potentially he could have been bitten by an insect or spider and this is a reaction. Regardless, he should be evaluated and examined by a health care professional to determine the nature and treatment of his condition. ...Read more

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Child hit side of his head 2 weeks ago. Now has goose egg on forehead and bruising on side of head and behind ear have just appeared. Serious?

Child hit side of his head 2 weeks ago. Now has goose egg on forehead and bruising on side of head and behind ear have just appeared. Serious?

Head Injury: Have him seen. The forehead injury by itself does not sound concerning but now the appearance of bruising on the side of his head and behind his ear makes it more serious. Bruising behind his ear may indicate a skull fracture. He would best be seen in the ER. All the best. ...Read more

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I found a bump on my head behind my ear that wasn't there before. Its hard, doesn't move and feels like touching a sore bruise. Should I be concerned?

I found a bump on my head behind my ear that wasn't there before. Its hard, doesn't move and feels like touching a sore bruise. Should I be concerned?

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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My neck has been very itchy off and on for months behind my ears to. One time with the itch I got a rash that resembled bruise like circles in a line.

My neck has been very itchy off and on for months behind my ears to. One time with the itch I got a rash that resembled bruise like circles in a line.

See doctor: It the rash is scaly around the edge and ring like, consider a fungal infection. On the other hand, this is not the usually place fungi infect. Make sure you are not allergic to hair dye or hair preparations. ...Read more

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My ten year old son has a painful bump on bone right behind right ear. It is not red or bruised. Should I take him to ER?

My ten year old son has a painful bump on bone right behind right ear. It is not red or bruised. Should I take him to ER?

Lymph node: This is likely an inflamed lymph node and being tender is a good sign. He must be fighting an infection. Observe, drink plenty of water and see if goes away. After it has done its job. ...Read more

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I have a swollen painful lump behind my right ear that just appeared from nowhere and there's bruising. No head trama, ear ache just headaches?

I have a swollen painful lump behind my right ear that just appeared from nowhere and there's bruising. No head trama, ear ache just headaches?

Probably infected gl: Sounds like infection of either sebaceous gland or hair follicle, If it is painful you might benefit from antibiotic. I gets bigger and does not respond to medicine may need to be lansed ...Read more

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2 swollen lymph nodes behind ear. Extremely tired, itchy little bumps and a line of bruises? Anything to worry about?

2 swollen lymph nodes behind ear. Extremely tired, itchy little bumps and a line of bruises? Anything to worry about?

German measles: Or rubella is a possibility. Would recommend checking in with your doctor since the rash is something that will have to be actually seen, Otherwise, your symptoms are suggesting a viral illness. ...Read more

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I have occipital neuralgia, ddd & scoliosis. Very likely have eds type iv. Base of head feels like a vice & unexplained bruising behind r ear.? Help? I have ferrous metal clips-mri? Chiari?

I have occipital neuralgia, ddd & scoliosis. Very likely have eds type iv. Base of head feels like a vice & unexplained bruising behind r ear.? Help? I have ferrous metal clips-mri? Chiari?

Need a good doctor: With multiple medical problems like yours, you need to find a good primary care doctor like a family doctor or an internist who can be the captain of your (health) ship! ...Read more

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I play rugby - possibly took a knock to head just behind the ear and when neck muscle connect - slight swelling - loss of hearing in left ear? No vissible bruising besides small raised puffy area -Am I ok

I play rugby - possibly took a knock to head just behind the ear and when neck muscle connect - slight swelling - loss of hearing in left ear? No vissible bruising besides small raised puffy area -Am I ok

Be seen: If you sustained an injury and now can't hear out of your left ear, you certainly would be well served to make sure there is not a more serious component to your injury than you realize; a ruptured tympanic membrane being just one example. ...Read more

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I have a dull pain up and behind my left year. Only hurts when I touch it. Feels like a bruise but I haven't hit my head. What could it be?

I have a dull pain up and behind my left year. Only hurts when I touch it. Feels like a bruise but I haven't hit my head. What could it be?

Lymph node: In this area can get irritated from local infection and be tender to the touch. Apply heat, otherwise don't bother it and it will probably go away. ...Read more

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I was hit in the head last night pretty hard. I think it's bruised and it feels like there's pressure behind my eyes. Should I go get seen?

I was hit in the head last night pretty hard. I think it's bruised and it feels like there's pressure behind my eyes. Should I go get seen?

Yes: Head injuries can be serious especially if your vision or eyes are affected. Please see your doctor as soon as possible or go to the nearest ER ...Read more

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I ve a tiny bump behind end of one ear, [not painful but a bit tender, [ since 6 --8weeks], can this be tumour? Do I need an urgent scan now? Thanks

I ve a tiny bump behind end of one ear, [not painful but a bit tender, [ since 6 --8weeks], can this be tumour? Do I need an urgent scan now? Thanks

See below: It is likely to be an enlarged node due to some issue with your scalp. There is no urgent need for a scan. Watch the "bump": If it doubles in size, more bumps develop, the bump becomes painful, the bump ulcerates or bleeds, it would be time to see a doctor.
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Possible mastoiditis? There's a lump behind my ear, somewhat tender.

Possible mastoiditis? There's a lump behind my ear, somewhat tender.

Lump behind ear: Most lumps behind the ear are either an enlarged lymph node, possibly infected (if it is tender) or a sebaceous cyst (a sac of cheesy smelling oil and fat), which can be tender as it enlarges. Mastoiditis does cause tenderness directly behind the ear, but is not usually associated with a lump except in severely advanced, untreated stages, which is unlikely. ...Read more

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Hard fixed knot behind right ear. Tender to touch and flesh colored, also have been battling cold/allergy symptoms.

Hard fixed knot behind right ear. Tender to touch and flesh colored, also have been battling cold/allergy symptoms.

Probably inflamed: This is most likely inflammation in a lymph node or inflamed cyst, but if it persists or enlarges after your other symptoms resolve I would have it examined by your primary care giver ...Read more

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Pimple in ear for 3 days. Poked it today w/ QTips (bad)didnt pop, and hot comp'd it. Now ear slightly pushed out/skin behind is soft/tender. Mastoid??

Pimple in ear for 3 days. Poked it today w/ QTips (bad)didnt pop, and hot comp'd it. Now ear slightly pushed out/skin behind is soft/tender. Mastoid??

Lymph adenopathy: Hello. Sounds like your immune system is responding to infection. You have lymph nodes behind the ear. Try using a triple antibiotic ointment on the "pimple." Take an anti-inflammatory medicine for pain. Use warm compress behind the ear. If no improvement or if headache, neck pain, or fever develop, see your doctor right away or go to an urgent care for treatment. ...Read more

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Small lump behind ear under earlobe, not sore or tender to touch what could it be?

Small lump behind ear under earlobe, not sore or tender to touch what could it be?

Several options: This could be a sebaceous cyst, lipoma, or enlarged lymph node. Suggest that you see your doctor to distinguish between these. If it is not changing quickly and you feel generally well, then there is likely no urgency. ...Read more

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

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

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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Softish lump behind my right ear, slightly moveable, have had for ears and is sometimes tender but mostly painless. No other symptoms.?

Softish lump behind my right ear, slightly moveable, have had for ears and is sometimes tender but mostly painless. No other symptoms.?

Cyst or lymph node: A soft lump behind the ear may be one of many things. A lymph node may remain enlarged after an infection. Any recurrent infections could make it tender. A cyst would be firmer, but attached to the skin. They can get tender when inflamed. Sounds like it should be evaluated by your surgeon. ...Read more

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Right behind my right ear right on the bone has been tender. When I press in the area, a sharp pain shoots up my head. What could it be?

Right behind my right ear right on the bone has been tender. When I press in the area, a sharp pain shoots up my head. What could it be?

Occipital mastoid: Bone tenderness may indicate outer ear or occipital lymph nodes involvement if there's also mild swelling. If no swelling then it could be a normal finding, as long as there's no inflammation present locally around the area. Pain is important to discuss with your doctor. If mild tenderness only, watch that area, and call your doctor. If it doesn't improve, call your Doctor for further examination. ...Read more

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I have a bump behind my left ear that is tender to the touch and was wondering what it could be. Dot believe it's an allergic reaction to earring beca?

?: The bump can be an inflamed lymph node draining that area or an inflamed hair follicle, try warm compresses and topical OTC antibiotic cream, if no improvement in one or two days or more symptoms see your doctor ...Read more

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Woken up with tender neck, it starts from the bony bit that is behind the ear and goes down, aches to keep head up, also feel tired what could this be?

Woken up with tender neck, it starts from the bony bit that is behind the ear and goes down, aches to keep head up, also feel tired what could this be?

Mastoiditis: Go and get checked by your doc. You could have inflammation in the bone behind the ear called the mastoid air cells. This can refer pain to the neck and also could affect your hearing. Since you are feeling tired there is a concern there may be a possible infection with swollen glands in this area. Go get checked out. ...Read more

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Can my infected ear piercing cause the lymph nodes behind by ear to be tender?

Can my infected ear piercing cause the lymph nodes behind by ear to be tender?

Yes, very likely: Any infection of the skin can cause the regional lymph nodes to enlarge and become tender. It means you need to take antibiotics for which you should go see your doctor and let him/her examine you and assess the seriousness of this infection and treat it appropriately. ...Read more

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My 18 months old daughter has painful tender red swelling behind her rt ear lobe. Kindly tell me causes n treatment?

My 18 months old daughter has painful tender red swelling behind her rt ear lobe. Kindly tell me causes n treatment?

Likely infected: This could be a simple skin infection or an inflamed lymph node. In either case, an evaluation may be needed. In the short term you can apply moist heat to the area in the form of a heated compress several times a day. If it is a minor issue the body may heal itself. If it worsens it will need to be seen. ...Read more

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I have a lump behind my left upper ear that is swollen and tender to touch, causing headaches. Could that be a lymph node?

I have a lump behind my left upper ear that is swollen and tender to touch, causing headaches. Could that be a lymph node?

Sure: It could be a lymph node or a skin infection. Either way, if it persists, see your physician for a definitive diagnosis. If ok for you, Ibuprofen should help with the pain and the swelling. ...Read more

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Bruising (Definition)

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