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What can I do for secretion behind my ear lobes?

What can I do for secretion behind my ear lobes?

Keep dry and clean: Hello
I'm not sure exactly what you mean by secretions but if you are having drainage from a cyst that ruptured or a pierced ear that is oozing fluid, I'd say first off keep the area dry and clean. Soap and warm water, pat dry. If the area looks red, warm, and painful, it could be infected. In this case, it would be reasonable to get seen at a walk in clinic. Hope this helps ...Read more

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Fish odour from behind ears not usual about 9mos since notice oily happens ea day wash am and pm continues to return never eat fish

You : You may be dealing with an infectious process. There are cases where a skin infection can present behind the folds of the ears often producing a foul odor, which could smell like fish. Try over the counter neosporin twice a day for a week. If the odor does not go away, then ypu may need to see your doctor for an evaluation. ...Read more

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Everytime I rub behind my ear it's oily. It's itchy and annoying. I'm wondering why it's a terrible foul smell?

Everytime I rub behind my ear it's oily. It's itchy and annoying. I'm wondering why it's a terrible foul smell?

There's a reason ...: There's a reason your mom told you to "wash behind your ears." Dirt accumulates easily behind your ears as gravity causes scalp sweat, dirt and bacteria to migrate there. Initially oily, it can dry and become irritating and itchy .... and stinky! When bathing and shampooing, be sure to focus your washing & rinsing there to eliminate the problem. Good wishes:) ...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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Ringing in ears fullness behind ears sort of hurts?

Ringing in ears fullness behind ears sort of hurts?

Inner ear infection: You may be suffering from an inner ear infection. Go see your doctor who may prescribe antibiotic ear drops if needs be, or refer you on to an ear specialist for further work-up. ...Read more

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I have a bump behind my left ears and I am very concerned?

I have a bump behind my left ears and I am very concerned?

Lymph node: It could be an enlarged lymph node. Check scalp on same side for wound. If remains enlarged, see your doctor. ...Read more

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I am trying to diagnose what these small white discolored circles behind my sons ear are?

I am trying to diagnose what these small white discolored circles behind my sons ear are?

Let us see.: Your best bet on this forum would be to pursue a virtual consultation with one of us. You can take a picture of these circles and upload it during the consultation. That would be your best bet, besides having them evaluated locally, of course. ...Read more

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Small bump behind my baby's ear.

Small bump behind my baby's ear.

Lymph node: Posterior auricular lymph nodes are often enlarged behind the ears of infants as a result of cradle cap, scratches to the scalp or infections of the external ear canal. The mastoid process is a normal bony structure of the skull which is behind, and slightly below the ear. Lymph nodes are generally rubbery in texture and somewhat motile, while the mastoid is larger, hard, and non-mobile. ...Read more

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What does it mean when 2 knots are behind your ear?

Palpable area: The expression "knots" in that context would refer to 2 palpable areas of some etiology. ...Read more

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What could a hard knot behind ear I have had it for 15 years?

What could a hard knot behind ear I have had it for 15 years?

Node or osteoma: A hard bump could be a lymph node but these usually are mobile. Sometimes the bone behind the ear (mastoid) is not smooth so may feel bumpy. If it sits right behind the ear lobe it could either be a part of the second cervical vertebra or a parotid salivary tumor which can be firm and slow growing. If it is enlarging I suggest it should be evaluated. ...Read more

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What does bump behind ear mean?

What does bump behind ear mean?

Bump behind ear: Hello, the bump behind your ear could be the normal mastoid process which is prominent behind our ear or a lymph node. I have seen nodes behind the ear that needed excision. See your doctor for a recommendation. ...Read more

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Weird smell behind ears, liver related?

Weird smell behind ears, liver related?

Shouldn't be: Without knowing more information, it is hard to say, although we don't typically think of smell behind the ears as being liver related, but rather activity related (i.e. After sweating or exercise) or an infection (bacterial or fungal). If you have an underlying liver condition, you are at a higher risk of getting an infection which can cause the smell. Discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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What is the cause of pressure behind the ear?

What is the cause of pressure behind the ear?

EustachianTubeBlocke: Assuming that you're referring to painless pressure, it may be due to blockage of your eustachian tube which can be congested due to allergies or cold. The Best way to get around this, besides time, is an allergy medication, eg antihistamine +/- decongestant. If pressure is painful, you may have otitis media or middle ear infection. We used to prescribe antibiotics but are shying away for this conditi. ...Read more

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A huge lump behind the ear?

A huge lump behind the ear?

See your doctor: Could be a lymph node, a skin cyst, a tumor, or an infection.
This needs to be checked by a doctor. ...Read more

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What is a lump behind the ear be?

What is a lump behind the ear be?

Different options: That area has a lot of things in it both in the skin and below it. Sweat glands, hair follicles and skin cysts as well as lymph nodes, fatty tissue, vessels, cartilege and other things. Is the lump growing, inflamed, painful, painless, draining, recurrent or constant, moveable or fixed...? Each of these (and many more) will provide your doc the answers as to what it is and what needs to be done. ...Read more

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Why loose lump behind ear on head?

Why loose lump behind ear on head?

Cyst/node: This may be a cyst or a lymph
node, but best to see your otolaryngologist for an exact diagniosis. ...Read more

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Slight red rash behind babies ears?

Slight red rash behind babies ears?

Dry skin: Usually dry skin. To treat dry thoroughly and moisturize 3-4 times per day. If this does not work, talk to your pediatrician regarding medication. ...Read more

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Why do I get dryness behind my ear?

Why do I get dryness behind my ear?

Seborrhea: This can represent seborrheic dermatitis, psoriasis, or allergic contact dermatitis. Cthis is treatable with prescription cream or lotion. See dermatologsot forve aluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Do glands behind the ear ever need drained?

Do glands behind the ear ever need drained?

Need diagnosis: There are very few if any glands directly behind the external ear or pinna. However, if the swelling is just below the ear, the mass may be a lymph node or a benign cyst or mass in the parotid gland. Finally, a lymph nose may appear behind the ear and does not have to be drained. See an ENT doctor for a specific diagnosis. ...Read more

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What is causing my head to hurt behind my ear?

What is causing my head to hurt behind my ear?

See below: These symptoms need to be fully and thoroughly evaluated by your physician who can then explain them to you and discuss with you what's best. ...Read more

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Why might someone have a bump behind their right ear?

Why might someone have a bump behind their right ear?

Behind the ear bump: Greetings. A few thoughts of reasons for this lump would be your normal anatomy or the mastoid prominence, it could be due to a lymph node which are common to this area, a sebaceous cyst which comes from a blocked sweat gland or an infection. See your ENT doctor for confirmation. Good Luck ...Read more

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How do I figure out what is this weird feeling behind my ear?

How do I figure out what is this weird feeling behind my ear?

Not much info: Not much info here but I suggest that you see an ENT to get your answer. ...Read more

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I was taking these medcines metroprol 50mg, chlorothadone 25mg and nifidipine 60mg within few weeks I started having pain from behind my ear to the n?

Ear pain may be or: Not related to the medications. Though combination of beta blocker and calcium channel blocker may cause additional drop in blood pressure and pulse. This may cause headaches and dizziness. BP and pulse monitoring during initiation. Talk to the prescriber ...Read more

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What causes fluid behind ear drum?

Negative pressure : In order for the ear to work properly air from the outside of the ear drum has to be balanced by air on the inside of the eardrum. In an intact ear drum the only way for air to get into the middle ear space is up the eustachian tube. If the eustachian tube doesn't work well the air inside the middle ear gets used up creating a negative pressure. Eventually this pressure can become so low that fluid is sucked from the lining of the middle ear space. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my mom has pain behind her ear.?

What do you suggest if my mom has pain behind her ear.?

Pain: Maybe referred for her neck nerves or from the mastoid. Might be the sign of an infection so I would check it out with an ENT as soon as possible. ...Read more

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What could be a bump behind the ear on your bone be from?

What could be a bump behind the ear on your bone be from?

If it is beneath..: The skin and can be moved around it is most likely a cyst or a lymph node. Congenital cysts are often seen in this area in babies and young children but can appear later in life as well. Lymph nodes in this area usually enlarge in response to a scalp lesion above or behind the ear, such as dandruff or a bug bite or scratch. ...Read more

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What do you recommend if I have a ball behind my ear what is it?

Size?: You mention a ball behind the ear. That is pretty big. We need to now the exact size. The area directly behind the ear is the mastoid process. Is it tender? Recommendations can only come from a diagnosis. Possibilities include cyst, lymph node, tumor, and infection. Give us more specifics as to size and pain and quality (soft or hard). Then we can more accurately advise. ...Read more

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I need advice on what's this bump underneath my ear behind my jaw?

I need advice on what's this bump underneath my ear behind my jaw?

Parotid tumor: Good chance it's a tumor of the parotid gland. Especially if it's been there awhile. See an ENT surgeon for evaluation. ...Read more