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If you have an ear infection, can you have swollen glands on the back of the head?

If you have an ear infection, can you have swollen glands on the back of the head?

Yes: Lymph glands in the posterior triangle of the neck, usually behind the ear drain infections usually from the external ear or ear canal. They are usually firm, not larger then 0.5-1.0 cm and can be tender.

Ear Infections (Definition)

There are three different types of ear infections that affect different areas of the ear. Outer ear infection (Otitis externa) affects the ear canal and the outside part of the ear. Middle ear infection (Otitis media) affects the middle ear and leads to fluid accumulation behind the ear drum. Inner ear infection (Otitis interna) is a less common inflammation of the inner ear that causes vertigo, ...Read more


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What over the counter meds can get rid of ear infection and swollen glands?

What over the counter meds can get rid of ear infection and swollen glands?

Depends: There are a few middle ear infections that are triggered by viruses and heal on their own within a few days. Simple pain control is all that would be a benefit. However, true pus generating middle ear infections are caused by bacteria & require antibiotics for cure. Untreated they can go on to cause complications including mastoid infections/hearing loss. Have it evaluated soon if not improved

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I've been having on and off pain right under my earlobe since the past 2 years. No dental problems or any lumps. No swollen glands, no ear infection.

I've been having on and off pain right under my earlobe since the past 2 years. No dental problems or any lumps. No swollen glands, no ear infection.

Nerve pain: You could have an irritated or inflamed nerve in the face / jaw area that causes pain just under the earlobe. Another possibility is TMJ which is inflammation in the jaw joint - it can cause pain in the ear as well. It is also possible that you have something wrong in the right side of your throat that is referring pain to the area under your ealobe. See an ENT specialist for workup.

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I have a fever, white patches on throat. Went to urgent care, told its an ear infection& tonsillitis. Now, front neck pain- swollen lymph nodes?

I have a fever, white patches on throat. Went to urgent care, told its an ear infection& tonsillitis. Now, front neck pain- swollen lymph nodes?

What medication: If your immune system is working well, your lymph nodes will often get enlarged and can be painful as it filters out the badness. You did not state if they determined what specific infection it was (if they determined the cause) and if you are on antibiotics. There is a chance the infection can get walled off somewhere near the tonsils and you get an abcess. Meds will help, but ENT may be needed.

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Clindamycin for ear infection? Wi it work? And is a swollen gland under the jaw by the ear part of the ear infection

Clindamycin for ear infection? Wi it work? And is a swollen gland under the jaw by the ear part of the ear infection

Yes for some inf: ear infections can be caused by several different organisms. Some of them are treated with clindamycin but that is not a first line antibiotic.It is generally used for resistant/chronic infections.

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Reoccuring infections in body, everyday a new problem, post nasal dip from 10 months and now swollen glands behind ear. Please suggest?

Reoccuring infections in body, everyday a new problem, post nasal dip from 10 months and now swollen glands behind ear. Please suggest?

Anxity can only harm: Human body is pretty strong and is rarely affected by frequent infections....yet you can get paranoid about it and become anxious in which case you will start imagining all sort of bad things. Just assume that your body is fairly healthy and will remain so, provided you quit worrying about minor things like postnasal drip which is often an imaginary ailment...nothing serious here.

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I constantly get water in my right ear, it can stay blocked for up to 4hrs, my glands are swollen on my right side, do I have an ear infection?

I constantly get water in my right ear, it can stay blocked for up to 4hrs, my glands are swollen on my right side, do I have an ear infection?

Swimmer's Ear: This is swimmer's ear, also known as external otitis. It is a true skin infection usually caused by a fungus or bacteria which grows in warm, moist environments like wet ear canals. Shake or drain the water out or dry it with alcohol/vinegar mixture 1/2 each. 5 drops in ear canal. Never scratch with small objects or q- tips. Don't use these drops if you have a hole in your eardrum.

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Inner ear infection? Throat, ear, and jaw are very sore. Feel like I'm losing my voice. Ear hurts more every time I swallow. Neck hurts. Cough. Glands feel swollen. Very tired. Sneezing. Chest hurts.

Inner ear infection? Throat, ear, and jaw are very sore. Feel like I'm losing my voice. Ear hurts more every time I swallow. Neck hurts. Cough. Glands feel swollen. Very tired. Sneezing. Chest hurts.

Ear infection: May have an ear infection-viral or bacterial. Viral infections can last up to 10 days and symptom treatment and time are your best allies. Watch for clear secretions that change colors after symptoms have been present for a week or so and are accompanied by new onset fever or any other symptoms that concern you to decide if you need to see a doctor.

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Swollen glands on left side of neck congestion in nose and head tooth abcess on left side swollen tonsills? Listings angina or sinus. Infection?

Swollen glands on left side of neck congestion in nose and head tooth abcess on left side swollen tonsills? Listings angina or sinus. Infection?

You need help: Dental abscess will not repair itself. Call your dentist before infection gets worse. Sinus infection, nasal congestion, etc, is a medical, not a dental, issue. Make appointment w your physician. Swollen glands may be due to either or both. You need help...Please make the necessary appointments.

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Can an ear infection cause swollen tonsils?

Can an ear infection cause swollen tonsils?

Yes.: Any infection can cause the tonsils and adenoid tissue to enlarge. This should resolve in the next few weeks but could take several months for the tonsils to return to normal size. The other possibility is that enlarged adenoids (associated with the enlarged tonsils) caused the middle ear fluid and resulting ear infection.

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Can an ear infection cause swollen neck lymph nodes?

Not directly: The swollen lymph nodes may be part of a viral infection and the otitis may have followed. I don't believe that the otitis itself caused swollen lymph nodes in the neck.

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I have a double ear infection. What causes the neck by the eutacian tubes to be swollen?

I have a double ear infection. What causes the neck by the eutacian tubes to be swollen?

Swollen lymph nodes: When infections drain they drain to the closest lymph system which takes debris and bacteria out of the system. The neck has the closest lymph nodes to the ears.

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I have a bad ear infection. Left side of face is swollen and there is a large lump below my ear. Can't sleep cause of how much pain there is.?

I have a bad ear infection. Left side of face is swollen and there is a large lump below my ear. Can't sleep cause of how much pain there is.?

MD ASAP: This may have gone past a simple ear infection (otitis media). You are describing symptoms of mastoiditis. This is an infection spreading from the middle ear to form an abscess in the mastoid air spaces of the temporal bone. There is system wide infection with swelling that typically pushes the ear down and forwards. Please seek medical attention asap.

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Hi, I have a bad ear infection, It's right on the edge of my ear and feels swollen. I think I scratched it and that's what caused it. Help?!

Hi, I have a bad ear infection, It's right on the edge of my ear and feels swollen. I think I scratched it and that's what caused it. Help?!

Ear infection: One of the more common reasons for external ear infections is some type of trauma to the ear - like a cotton tip applicator or even injury from getting a hair cut or piercings. Redness, tenderness, swelling, drainage from the site or ear should be treated to prevent an infection of the ear cartilage called Chondritis or Perichondritis.

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Can an outer ear infection cause a swollen occipital lymph node?

Can an outer ear infection cause a swollen occipital lymph node?

Possibly: The lymph nodes behind the ear are among the first to drain the ear region. Any infection if the ear, middle ear or outer ear, can often cause these lymph nodes to swell. As far back as the occiput is less likely, but still possible.

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Have a sudden swollen lump under chin. Could this be caused by ear infection, mono, or cold sore?

Have a sudden swollen lump under chin. Could this be caused by ear infection, mono, or cold sore?

Lymph node: This may be a reactive lymph node. These are the lymphatic organs that make antibodies to foreign, non-self invaders in our bodies, which is often infection. In this area, the areas that drain into those lymph nodes generally would include the lips, skin around that area and the the oral cavity. So, it may be a reaction to a cold sore in the area. Get checked by your doctor, routinely.

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