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Foul Smelling Oily Secretion Behind Ears
Keep dry and clean:
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
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
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
I have persistent problem with a pimple like item behind and below my left ear. It secretes an oily substance, Keep getting fevers also and pain?
Staph infection?: See your doctor.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
Feeling itching in my inner side of helix in the ear. And if I rub it there is secretion of some kind of transperent liquid. What could be reason?
Infection: You may have an infection/irritation/inflamation of the ear canal, otitis externa, causing the itching and the drainage. ...Read more
Lymph node: It could be an enlarged lymph node. Check scalp on same side for wound. If remains enlarged, see your doctor. ...Read more
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
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
Palpable area: The expression "knots" in that context would refer to 2 palpable areas of some etiology. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Not much info: Not much info here but I suggest that you see an ENT to get your answer. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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