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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?

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?

Ear infection: Many ear infections can be associated with lymph node enlargement, but the placement of this swelling can be the start of a mastoid bone inflammation or infection. Make sure you have the pediatrician look at this immediately ...Read more

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Hard lump behind right ear. Right ear sticks out further them left ear.

Hard lump behind right ear. Right ear sticks out further them left 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

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Treating Swimmer's Ear (Checklist)

Keep water out of ear (earplugs or showercap when showering)
Daily
Use eardrops as directed
Daily
Use Tylenol or warm compresses for minimal pain
3x day
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Hard painless lump behind right ear. What could this be?

Hard painless lump behind right ear. 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

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I have a hard lump behind my right ear and it hurts when I touch It. It is a hard lump ?

I have a hard lump behind my right ear and it hurts when I touch It. It  is a hard lump ?

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 more

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Treating Swimmer's Ear (Checklist)

Visit doctor to get antibiotic drops to treat infection
once
No swimming for at least 5 days
once
Put alcohol/white vinegar drops in the ear after swimming when healthy
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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?

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

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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?

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 more

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Treating an Ear Infection (Checklist)

Look for other sources of ear pain besides infection
Once
Ask doc if TMJ (spasm of muscles to jaw joint) is causing ear pain
Once
Know that middle ear fluid isn't necessarily infection
Once
Look for ear pain and ear drainage -- both signs of infection
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I have a hard lump behind my right ear, still on the cartilage. It is becoming quite painful. Suggestions? Should I be worried?

I have a hard lump behind my right ear, still on the cartilage. It is becoming quite painful. Suggestions? Should I be worried?

Have ENT dr look at: Difficult to diagnose online but easier in person with your ENT doctor to examine it. It can be either benign or more serious, but pain is a good reason to see your doctor, and if it's getting larger. ...Read more

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