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I've had a swollen lymph node behind my ear for years. Now it is getting larger. I have found 3 more on my other eye and on the back of my neck. When?

I've had a swollen lymph node behind my ear for years. Now it is getting larger. I have found 3 more on my other eye and on the back of my neck. When?

Lymph nodes enlarged: Any weight loss or night sweats. Are you a smoker. Enlarged lymph nodes in short term may be due to an infection. However if getting enlarged and increased in number MUST be investigated. An excision biopsy can answer many questions. See a good ENT (EAR NOSE AND THROAT) doctor. Chronic infection, sinuses or inner ear etc? CT of head and neck and or panendoscopy by ENT also may be needed.

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What can cause swollen lymph node behind the ear?

What can cause swollen lymph node behind the ear?

A few things: Generally speaking, infection or inflammation cause swollen lymph nodes. In response to an infection, the lymph nodes increase production of immune cells to fight the infection, increasing their size and creating some tenderness in the process. Some certain types of cancers can also cause similar swelling. Simple blood tests can evaluate these possibilities, but the vast majority are not cancer.

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What causes swollen lymph node behind the ear?

What causes swollen lymph node behind the ear?

Ear problem: If you have any trauma/cut/irritation/infection/inflammation around that ear- perhaps around the ear lobe, ear canals- you can have enlargement of the lymph node behind the ear. Systemic dusease like viral infection can also cause swollen lymph gland on the area.

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I've been having a lot of sinus drainage and I've never had a swollen lymph node behind my ear from what I know. Can this cause this to happen?

I've been having a lot of sinus drainage and I've never had a swollen lymph node behind my ear from what I know. Can this cause this to happen?

Monitoring Centers: Lymphatic system absorbs/carries things too big to go into the arteries/veins like bacteria eaten by white cells and digested food. Lymph nodes "taste" the lymph for anything bad like bacteria/viruses/cancers, etc. When it detects a problem, it alerts the immune system and your body reacts. They enlarge in response to the inflammation they create when they react. They shrink when all is well.

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I have a swollen lymph node behind my ear I am not on any medication and am feeling very well is this normal?

I have a swollen lymph node behind my ear I am not on any medication and am feeling very well is this normal?

Get it checked: While having an enlarged lymph node without other symptoms is not entirely uncommon, it is hard to say whether your case is benign or caused by something else without getting a full history and performing an exam on you. This would include recent history of illness, insect or animal bites, recent vaccinations, and an examination for other enlarged nodes or signs of infection. See your doc!

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I have a swollen lymph node behind my ear on the mastoid bone but no sign of infection and has been there for over a month what could it be?

I have a swollen lymph node behind my ear on the mastoid bone but no sign of infection and has been there for over a month what could it be?

Your friend: Nobody knows why certain people have more lymphoid tissue in different areas. A node like this that is freely movable and not growing is there to help you. Leave it alone and be thankful for good health.

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I have a swollen lymph node behind my ear that is painful and has happened before.?

I have a swollen lymph node behind my ear that is painful and has happened before.?

Enlarged lymph node: This can be reactive, due to an infection or healing from a scratch or bite on your head, which is most common. If your bump is tender, painful or persists for more than a couple weeks, you should see your healthcare provider.

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I have a swollen lymph node behind my ear. What can I do to get it to go away/reduce the pain?

I have a swollen lymph node behind my ear. What can I do to get it to go away/reduce the pain?

Infection: Lymph nodes swell when they are fighting off an infection. You need to identify and treat the underlying infection and the node should go down. See your doctor for help finding the infection and treating it. Hope you feel better soon.

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I have had a swollen lymph node behind my ear for my entire life. It is not painful and doesn't grow should I tell my doctor?

I have had a swollen lymph node behind my ear for my entire life. It is not painful and doesn't grow should I tell my doctor?

Yes: Always good to show your doctor when examined so that it can be documented as to characteristics and size in case something changes.

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I have a swollen lymph node behind my ear. Its been swollen for well over a year. Last night 2 holes opened up & started leaking puss?

I have a swollen lymph node behind my ear. Its been swollen for well over a year. Last night 2 holes opened up & started leaking puss?

Evaluation: This sounds like it is an infected cyst. You need to be seen today to have it drained and evaluated. You may also need antibiotics. Don't delay.

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I have a "swollen lymph node" behind right ear for about 3 wks. Saw dr who said its immovable and hard and referred me to ENT. Should I be concerned?

I have a "swollen lymph node" behind right ear for about 3 wks. Saw dr who said its immovable and hard and referred me to ENT. Should I be concerned?

Cervical lymph node: It is true that an immobile cervical lymph node should be checked by an ENT specialist. You are doing the right thing and should not worry until after the specialist takes a look. If you are a smoker use this as an opportunity to decide to quit.

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Soft pea size red painful lump behind right ear and feels like its dripping, also a swollen lymph node below the ear near jawline. What to do?

Soft pea size red painful lump behind right ear and feels like its dripping, also a swollen lymph node below the ear near jawline. What to do?

Abscess: These require the assistance of a doctor. It might be simple and time will heal but if not the infection can spread to the bone and ear structures and explode into you brain. Go to get help! Now!

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Pain behind my ear. I try to feel of there are any lumps but don't feel anything. Is it possible to get a swollen lymph node without any lumps?

No: Swollen lymph nodes indicate the presence of a lump. If there is pain behind ear consider the mastoid as the site from which the pain arises. This area should be checked by an ENT doctor. The other structure just behind the ear can be tail of parotid and this structure should also be checked if pain persists

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My 2 year old son went to the dr. And has swollen lymph node on left side of head, behind left ear and 2 on left side of neck, blood work was done?

My 2 year old son went to the dr. And has swollen lymph node on left side of head, behind left ear and 2 on left side of neck, blood work was done?

Blood Results Help: The most common diagnoses are viral or bacterial when lymph nodes are present in this area. Rarely candida and other fungi can erupt with lymph node swelling. Very rarely a malignancy can start this way, but it is very uncommon. The blood test will usually give information to help with a diagnosis and rule at other possibilities.

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Swollen lymph node under jaw and behind both ears under jaw 2 months and behind ears 3 days lack of sleep and drinking for 6 day and staph inf on head?

Swollen lymph node under jaw and behind both ears under jaw 2 months and behind ears 3 days lack of sleep and drinking for 6 day and staph inf on head?

Treat the staph NOW!: The staph infection could be the cause of all the symptoms listed and could become a life threatening experience if the swelling continues and impinges upon the airway and stops the ability to breath.

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Half golf ball size tender bump on back of head behind left ear-no trauma. Swollen lymph nodes in that area & stiff neck. Blood work came back normal.

Half golf ball size tender bump on back of head behind left ear-no trauma. Swollen lymph nodes in that area & stiff neck. Blood work came back normal.

See doctor: You need to talk to your doctor about this especially if it has been present for more than a couple of weeks. I am concerned about the stiff neck which may signal meningitis. Blood tests do not detect all infections especially those in isolated areas.

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Billions of lice in head, can cause rubbery hard swollen lymph node on right side of neck for more than one month?

Billions of lice in head, can cause rubbery hard swollen lymph node on right side of neck for more than one month?

Yes: Lice is a parasite infection. As such, lymph node swelling is expected, especially with such a large infestation. Get the lice treated and if the glands don't go down in 2 weeks, then see your internist.

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