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Hard Lump Behind Right Ear
Probable node: Could be a lymph node or salivary gland tumor pushing the ear forward. If there is fever, tenderness pain and swelling behind the ear, hearing loss, ear drainage I would be concerned about infection in the mastoid bone which needs urgent assessment. If these latter symptoms then needs urgent attention. If not and the bump persists>2-3 weeks then see ent. ...Read more
My 10 week old has grape sized hard lump behind right ear along occipital bone that seems to have grown. No pain or any symptoms, what could this be?
Need exam: Can't tell from here. You need to see a doctor as this could be a problem needing attention. ...Read more
Probably lymph node: At your age, most likely this is a lymph node that has been fighting an infection or inflammation in your scalp or ear. Don't mess with it too much or it could get bigger or more painful. You could safely apply a warm washcloth several times a day. If it doesn't go away in several months, or if you have ear symptoms, perhaps see someone. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hi I have a question about my fiance, he has a hard lump behind his right ear. It isn't painful, but it has been there for a few weeks?
Bump: Great question. Sometimes its a normal variant of the anatomy of the mastoid bone but sounds like a small lymph node over the mastoid bone. He should have it checked out with an ENT ...Read more
I have a hard lump behind my right ear, still on the cartilage. It is becoming quite painful. Suggestions? Should I be worried?
My daughter is 20 months. I noticed today that there is a small hard lump behind her right ear. It doesn't hurt when I touch it. Should I be worried?
Node enlargement: Occurs as a result of stimulation by the immune system, usually in response to a variety of infections. Enlarged lymph nodes behind the ears are usually caused by previous infection of the ear or scalp and are generally not significant health issues. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
My 3year old son has a hard lump behind his right ear and he says it hurts to touch it. There is no sign of any bites or discolouration. What can it be?
I have a small hard lump behind my right ear. I have headaches nausea, and dizziness. It doesn't hurt to the touch... What is it?
Likely a lymph node: There are a number of lymph nodes scattered around the back of the head and neck where they are easily found. At rest they may be the size of a pea and when stimulated they are often bean sized or larget. Size often changes over weeks & often reflects bug bits, skin rashes or throat irritation, it is not likely related to headaches, nausea or dizziness. Your doc can confirm this. ...Read more
I have a hard lump behind my right ear. It's also red and swollen. I also had a rash on my back of my neck yesterday that was red and bumpy.
Suspect cellulitis: I am concerned about your symptoms. This should be evaluated urgently and you may need antibiotics. If you had a more gradual onset of symptoms this could also be serious. Either way you need to see a doctor within 24 hours. Mark off the red area with a pen. If you see it enlarging quickly you may need a more urgent attention. ...Read more
Hard swollen gland or lump behind right ear for about 4/5 months now. Only on one side, and only slightly swollen.?
I have a hard, immovable painless visible lump behind right ear. Dr said it's a lymph node if not gone in week to get tests. Chances it's cancer?
Does not sound like: Lymph nodes frequently enlargeGet a more detailed answer ›
Have a hard reocurring lump behind my right ear, its last a couple of hours and when I touch it I almost feel it pulsating and going downwhatisthis
Sebaceous cyst?: Come and go but usually drain some gunk! Small blood vessels there could feel like a pulse. ...Read more
I have a hard r lump behind my right ear its nit really large a bout 2cm or less. I have ear pain and the lump has been on me for ages. I'm 20.?
I have a hard immovable lump behind my right ear for 4 wks. Doc said its a lymph node and referred me to ENT. I am concerned- could this be cancer?
May or may not be!: Enlarged lymph nodes are commonly due to infection or inflammation. In such cases the node is tender to touch/pressure. Painless lymph nodescan be due to cancer but it depends on their size and whether node is growing in size over a period of month or two. But you need an exmaination from your doctor who will do a biopsy if the node is suspicious for Cancer. Without a biopsy we're all guessing. ...Read more
Small hard lump under right ear behind lower jaw. Have had it for at least 5 years now. What could cause this and what affordable ways could treat it?
Many things: It could be a cyst, tumor, swollen lymph node, etc. Get a referral from your dr. For this to be biopsied, and removed properly. The fact it's been there for 5 yr leads me to believe it is not too serious, but get it removed. ...Read more
I have a hard lump behind my right lower ear near jaw bone. The doctor said it's not a lymph node. What other things could it be?
Lump behind right ear with (rare for me) frequent headaches and sore throat. Lump doesn't hurt and is hard but I get a shooting pain in neck at times?
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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer