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I have a small, painful lump behind both ear lobes. They dont hurt outright, but they hurt to touch. Is this serious?

I have a small, painful lump behind both ear lobes. They dont hurt outright, but they hurt to touch. Is this serious?

Hard to say: These could be lymph nodes or cysts or infected/clogged follicles or even something else. Since it's bilateral - as in on both sides - lymph nodes are more likely the culprit. To be sure you should seek an in person evaluation. Hope this helps. ...Read more

Lobe (Definition)

1. A rounded projection, especially a rounded, projecting anatomical part. (for example, the lobe of an ear) 2. A subdivision of a bodily organ or part bounded by fissures, connective tissue, or other structural boundaries. (for example, a ...Read more


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What is the lump near my ear? I found it right in front of the lobe and it feels painful to touch, I found it 3 days ago. It's semi hard but moves

Preauricular node: the fact that you can move it argues that it is not attached to the skull. You likely had an infection in that region of your body and the cells there gave up their lives in their "last full measure of devotion" to protect you. If it doesn't go down soon, see your doc. ...Read more

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Some clear fluid drained from my ears, Yday my right ear was blocked & I couldn't hear. Today I woke up with a sore lump in my ear lobe p. causes?

Some clear fluid drained from my ears, Yday my right ear was blocked & I couldn't hear. Today I woke up with a sore lump in my ear lobe p. causes?

See your PCP: Some conditions like ear discharge, loss of hearing require further assessment and your PCP may schedule a follow-up appointment or refer you to an ENT specialist to determine a diagnosis. See your PCP first for evaluation and tests. ...Read more

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I have a lump behind my right jaw bone just below my ear lobe and its kind of painful what could it be?

I have a lump behind my right jaw bone just below my ear lobe and its kind of painful what could it be?

Lymph node or gland: Could be a swollen lymph node or a swollen parotid salivary gland. If it is tender it may be infected and you should see a doctor. ...Read more

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Why does my ear lobe have a hard lump?

A few things: Could be a blocked oil gland (sebaceous cyst). A scar from previous trauma or piercing, small benign tumor, resolved acne lesion. If it has been there awhile. See an ent doc for evaluation ...Read more

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Hi, I have this lump in my ear lobe, had one before but it went but this is bigger and hurts a lot, any help?

Hi, I have this lump in my ear lobe, had one before but it went but this is bigger and hurts a lot, any help?

Cyst: There are small oil glands inside the ear lobe. If their drainage point is blocked the fluid will keep filling the sac and cause a lump. Sometimes over time and with massage the cyst will drain. If it's not red massage the area gently several times a day to see if that changes thing. As with any weird lump/bump a real exam by MD is usually the best way to get the right diagnosis. ...Read more

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I have a lump behind the lobe on my left ear, it hurts and is not on the surface of the skin..What could this be?

I have a lump behind the lobe on my left ear, it hurts and is not on the surface of the skin..What could this be?

Sebaceous cyst: Sebaceous cysts are benign. The body of the cyst is filled with dead skin cells and oil from the skin’s oil glands. They can be manipulated with the fingers and moved beneath the skin. Sebaceous cysts are painless unless they have become infected or are pressing on a nerve. They can occur anywhere on the body where sebaceous glands are present, including the earlobes where they are not uncommon. ...Read more

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I have a pin head sized lump on my left ear lobe, I have tried massaging it for over a year, if hasn't disappeared and is not visible.

I have a pin head sized lump on my left ear lobe, I have tried massaging it for over a year, if hasn't disappeared and is not visible.

Lump: Your lump may be a cyst. They are not dangerous and if it doesn't bother you, it can be left alone. However if it becomes painful or becomes enlarged, removal of the lesion should resolve your symptoms. ...Read more

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I have a mass growing in my ear lobe. And it looks like another in my other ear .What could it be?

I have a mass growing in my ear lobe. And it looks like another in my other ear .What could it be?

See doctor: You would need to have it biopsied and evaluated under a microscope to determine what it truly is. ...Read more

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There is a weird formation in my ear. What do you think this is? There's no redness and it's been there for about a month. It just started hurting recently. It's a lump in the lobe of my ear.

There is a weird formation in my ear. What do you think this is? There's no redness and it's been there for about a month. It just started hurting recently. It's a lump in the lobe of my ear.

Lump ear lobule: Lobular lumps are commonly one of two things- scar tissue or sebaceous cysts. With the recent history of pain. You can be developing an infection. See your primary care doctor for management. ...Read more

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Lump on face near ear lobe, moves slightly, rash behind ear, hurts a bit when touched..Is this serious?

Lump on face near ear lobe, moves slightly, rash behind ear, hurts a bit when touched..Is this serious?

Reactive node: The lump is most likely a reactive lymph node that tends to enlarge from pea sized to bean sized when stimulated by such things as skin rashes/bug bites/viruses &the like. They usually stay enlarged while stimulated &recede when not.Takes 3-4 weeks to settle down. Your doc can confirm this. ...Read more

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Small lump in ear lobe, ball like, next to pierced ear. hurts alittle bit when pressed? seems to in reds in size as well.

Small lump in ear lobe, ball like, next to pierced ear. hurts alittle bit when pressed? seems to in reds in size as well.

Piercing infection: Sounds like the piercing got infected. Remove the earring (you can re-pierce it later if the piercing closes up). If you can gently express any pus from the area through the piercing hole, that will help it heal. You can use a warm compress to help get the pus out and for comfort. If it doesn't clear up in a few days, or starts looking worse, you may need antibiotics. ...Read more

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There's a a little lump on my pierced ear lobe on the back what is this? And when i put in a earring yellow stuff comes out

There's a a little lump on my pierced ear lobe on the back  what is this? And when i put in a earring yellow stuff comes out

Ear lobe yellow stuf: Sounds like an infection. Better go see your primary care doc about this. May need to see an ENT for lancing and antibiotics ...Read more

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I can feel a lump in my ear lobe and i can move it with my fingers and it hurts slightly when i press on it. What could it possibly be?

I can feel a lump in my ear lobe and i can move it with my fingers and it hurts slightly when i press on it. What could it possibly be?

Cyst or scar: If your ears are pierced, sometimes people get more aggressive scar growth that can be tender when pushed on. Many people also get small epidermal/sebaceous cysts on their earlobes. Or, it could be the start of a deep zit. Keep an eye on it, and let a dermatologist take a peek if things change and become worse, red, or infected looking. ...Read more

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Lump directly behind left ear lobe. Itches and full of pus. Popped it 5 times, but is back the next day. Sometimes hard, sometimes squishy.

Lump directly behind left ear lobe. Itches and full of pus. Popped it 5 times, but is back the next day. Sometimes hard, sometimes squishy.

Cyst or lymph node: Either you have a lymph node or more likely an infected sebaceous cyst. Once it pops it will continue to pop. You can try warm compress and meticulous cleaning but it will recur soon or years later. Treatment for the cyst requires cutting it out. It can be done in the office. A general surgeon will have experience with this also plastics and ENT. ...Read more