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The cyst behind ear has swelled up to the size of a grape, and it's causing me some pain?

The cyst behind ear has swelled up to the size of a grape, and it's causing me some pain?

Infected cyst: An infected sebaceous cyst is common behind the ear. You may need it drained (& possible culture). Antibiotics may also be helpful. It is best to get seen. ...Read more

Cyst (Definition)

A cyst is a structure or mass that consists of a cellular lined sac. It is typically filled with fluid but may be filled with solid material. It can be congenital, traumatic, or acquired. They may develop nearly anywhere in the body and usually require complete excision for eradication or they are likely to recur. Fluid filled sacs that are not cellular lined ...Read more


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Does amoxicillin with clavulanic acid cure sabaceous cyst behind ear? Iv been prescribed by my doc. Clavam 625 twice a day for 3 days.

Does amoxicillin with clavulanic acid cure sabaceous cyst behind ear? Iv been prescribed by my doc. Clavam 625 twice a day for 3 days.

Maybe: The antibiotic will only be effective if there is infection. Cysts are usually drained and antibiotics are reserved for a subsequent infection, should one develop. ...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 causes smelly cysts behind ears and what can I do to make them go away?

What causes smelly cysts behind ears and what can I do to make them go away?

Oil secreted glands: Oil secreted by sebaceous glands is the cause of cysts behind the ear lobes. And if these get infected they start smelling.When cysts are small you can try home trestment. Placd a heating pad on the directly on the cyst or you can melt the wax and drop it directly on the cyst and it will melt the cyst.If the cyst is big it will need surgical excision. Never try to pop the cysts and do not apply oil. ...Read more

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Can a sebacous cyst behind ur ear cause an off balance feeling?

Can a sebacous cyst behind ur ear cause an off balance feeling?

No: What you assume to be sebaceous cyst may not be so. To answer your question, a sebaceous cyst would not affect the balance. If you have balance issues, please see an ENT specialist. ...Read more

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Can ur bone behind ur right ear be larger the bone behind the left? Is this normal? I do have a small pea size cyst behind right ear.

Can ur bone behind ur right ear be larger the bone behind the left? Is this normal? I do have a small pea size cyst behind right ear.

Mastoid bone: The bone behind that ear is the mastoid bone. It commonly has many air cells that communicate with the middle ear. If there is no redness, pain or tenderness to the touch and you ear drum and hearing are normal, it is possible that there may an asymmetry of the size of the mastoid bone. See an ENT doctor is you are concerned. ...Read more

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I seem to have burst a cyst behind my ear. It was just a small bump but exploded under skin with what is now a rather large mass and very red and pain?

I seem to have burst a cyst behind my ear. It was just a small bump but exploded under skin with what is now a rather large mass and very red and pain?

Large mass: Without delay, please have someone take you to the nearest Emergency facility. They will help you as much as possible but might also need to discuss your problem with an Ear, Nose, and Throat doctor.

Hope all goes well — please keep me informed. ...Read more

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I have a cyst right behind my ear and it's infected, I do not have insurance to get it taken care of. What can I do?

I have a cyst right behind my ear and it's infected, I do not have insurance to get it taken care of. What can I do?

Cheaper office care: Many surgeons can provide care in their office and you might find an urgent care that can manage this for less. It sounds like the cyst will need to be drained and this can be done with local anesthesia. It will be significantly less expensive to have this drained in an office versus the emergency room. Have you looked into insurance through your parents' plan or through your state's exchange? ...Read more

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How do I know if it's a cyst or pimple behind my ear?

How do I know if it's a cyst or pimple behind my ear?

Pimple/Cyst: A pimple is usually inflamed, red and painful and has a relatively superficial covering and will drain pus with warm compresses. A cyst is usually contained in a shell like container and is sore but only red if infected. It often requires excision and drains sebaceous like material. The shell requires removal to prevent it from reforming. You can find pictures on a dermatology site. All the best. ...Read more

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Small lump behind ear. Hard, not painful. Dr looked and said a cyst. Should i b worried? Hasn't gotten bigger or anything.

Small lump behind ear. Hard, not painful. Dr looked and said a cyst. Should i b worried? Hasn't gotten bigger or anything.

Sebaceous Cyst: Sounds like a sebaceous cyst. These are very common and of no cause to worry. Generally they do not require medical treatment unless they become unsightly, painful or infected. Treatment options include surgical excision. ...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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Tender lump in crease behind ear right where the lobe connects to cartilage. Is there a node there? Or more likely a cyst?

Tender lump in crease behind ear right where the lobe connects to cartilage. Is there a node there? Or more likely a cyst?

Sebaceous cyst: This is the most common lesion at that location. It may require surgical excision if it gets infected or enlarges. ...Read more

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Cysts in hair, lower jaw, behind ear, over top of eye, nose bridge, both underarms, waist line, groin, around anal area would be diagnosed as?

Cysts in hair, lower jaw, behind ear, over top of eye, nose bridge, both underarms, waist line, groin, around anal area would be diagnosed as?

Warts: Human papilloma virus causes papillomas that can spread in the body. If you have so many you should see your primary care and check your immune system and an HIV test. ...Read more

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When should I get my cyst removed? It is behind my ear but its recently gotten a lot itchier

When should I get my cyst removed? It is behind my ear but its recently gotten a lot itchier

Cyst Removal: When it is bothering you either cosmetically or otherwise. Also, if it is recurrently getting infected. Discuss it with your doctor and decide together what is best, ...Read more

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I have a lump behind my ear, it soft and itchy is it a cyst?

I have a lump behind my ear, it soft and itchy is it a cyst?

A Cyst or Not A Cyst: The skin may respond in many ways. For example, in response to friction an acute response may be a blister, whereas a chronic response may be a callous. Depending on the insult, one layer may respond and not another. Even the glands may respond differently. A cyst can form from a blocked pore of foreign body. Without the benefit of an exam, it's impossible to differentiate what you've felt. ...Read more

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Can you have benign cyst in your neck? I have two lumps, one behind my ear and the other a few inches lower than that. No pain. High chance of lymphoma?

Can you have benign cyst in your neck? I have two lumps, one behind my ear and the other a few inches lower than that. No pain. High chance of lymphoma?

Yes: Yes, definitely. You can be born with cysts, they can also develop over time. Also, it is very common to have lymph nodes enlarge in your neck. It is most important to have an ENT examine you if these lumps do not go away on their own or continue to enlarge. Lymphoma involves enlarged lymph nodes. If there is concern, you will need blood work and imaging, possibly a biopsy. ...Read more

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Follow up to previous ques, have lentil size bump directly behind/under ear, deep inside skin. If a cyst how long until it goes away? Not neck cancer?

Follow up to previous ques, have lentil size bump directly behind/under ear, deep inside skin. If a cyst how long until it goes away? Not neck cancer?

Lymph nodes node: if you have a lump under your ear right on the bone then it is a periauricular lymph node. If it is 1 cm or smaller than continue to observe. Although neck cancel can cause lymph node Sao could an infected ear-piercing and skin cancer like melanoma. Your doctor will look at your hair and evaluate. ...Read more

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I get small cysts smaller or the size of a pea behind my ears a week before my menstrual cycle then go away, asked the gyno, she doesn't know, help?

I get small cysts smaller or the size of a pea behind my ears a week before my menstrual cycle then go away, asked the gyno, she doesn't know, help?

Likely lymph glands: 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. Why they would react to menses is unknown. ...Read more

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I have a small, pea sized hard lump behind my ear lobe. Could it be a swollen gland or a cyst?

I have a small, pea sized hard lump behind my ear lobe. Could it be a swollen gland or a cyst?

Either, or: Could be a swollen gland or cyst. Most likely diagnosis is reactive lymph. Should resolve soon.
If not, see an ENT doc for exam. ...Read more

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I recently had an infected sebaceous cyst, the size of a golf ball, behind my right ear. Now there is rapid pulsating right above it. Should I worry?

I recently had an infected sebaceous cyst, the size of a golf ball, behind my right ear. Now there is rapid pulsating right above it. Should I worry?

Pulsations in a: Bal of tissue or an area where there was an infection could represent a vascular anomaly, This should be evaluated by a provider. Don't let this lay in wait for something to happen. GO and get seen ...Read more

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9 wk old has sm. Lump behind ears & neck. 1 has gotten much bigger recently. No fever. Dr. Said lymph nodes & large one is cyst. I'm concerned the "cyst" grew so fast? Worried its cancer or infection.

9 wk old has sm. Lump behind ears & neck. 1 has gotten much bigger recently. No fever. Dr. Said lymph nodes & large one is cyst. I'm concerned the "cyst" grew so fast? Worried its cancer or infection.

Nature of cyst: If the lymph node or cyst has grown and changed rapidly or is causing pain you should have your physician check it out again. You are appropriately concerned that this could be something more serious such as a tumor or infection. Look for signs of redness or infection in these "lumps". Infections are usually associated with fevers. An imaging study like an MRI might help. ...Read more

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I recently lightened my hair and developed a bump behind my left ear and an increased size in a sebaceous cyst in my right ear lobe. Bleach allergy?

I recently lightened my hair and developed a bump behind my left ear and an increased size in a sebaceous cyst in my right ear lobe. Bleach allergy?

Irritant?: More likely an irritant reaction or less likely infection from the material you used for the bleaching. An allergic reaction usually occurs from 1-3 days after the contact and is usually itchy. ...Read more

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Oily/metallic taste in mouth for 7 weeks now, also dry. No dental probs. Have yellow cyst on tonsil, no pain. Firm module under ear behind jaw. Help!

Oily/metallic taste in mouth for 7 weeks now, also dry. No dental probs. Have yellow cyst on tonsil, no pain. Firm module under ear behind jaw. Help!

See a dentist or ENT: The firm nodule under your ear is the big concern. It could be an affected lymph node or parotid gland. The bad taste and lack of saliva would suggest the latter. The question is why is it firm? Infection, cancer, blockage? Go see a dentist or ENT physician asap and get it checked out. The longer you wait, the worse it will get. And have your throat checked at the same time. ...Read more

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I have excrutiating pain in my jaw in front of my ear and have swollen glands behind my ear and neck. The pain seems worse after eating. Could this be a parotid salivary gland blockage or cyst? I don't have a fever or any other symptoms and haven't had a

I have excrutiating pain in my jaw in front of my ear and have swollen glands behind my ear and neck. The pain seems worse after eating. Could this be a parotid salivary gland blockage or cyst? I don't have a fever or any other symptoms and haven't had a

Sialadenitis: The history is indeed suspicious for parotid infection (parotitis) and/or stone in the parotid duct, but it is not clear exactly what is going on. Other possibilities include neck abscess or lymphadenitis. All of these are pretty high acuity problems that warrant prescription medication treatment. I would consider ENT evaluation, or see your primary. If it's bad, er evaluation is appropriate. ...Read more