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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 more
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?
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
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
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.?
Ans: Possibly a lymph node. Once inflamed takes several months to resolve. Keep an eye on and see if it is getting small. If gets larger or does not go away in 6 to 8 mo. See your doctor ...Read more
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
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.?
Lump: Maybe just the mastoid bone but could also be a lymph node or cyst. I would check it out with an ENT soon as possible. With the pain it may be infected ...Read more
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?
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?
See your PCP: Some conditions like lump behind your ear require further assessment and your primary care doctor may schedule a follow-up appointment or refer you to a specialist to determine a diagnosis. See your PCP first for evaluation. ...Read more
Lymph node or cyst: Puffin, somethimg is imfected there. Have the ear and scalp examined. ...Read more
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 more
Ny baby has a small loose pea shape lump behind right ear under skin. She is healthy overall. Curious.?
Lymph node: This is most likely a normal lymph node. There are dozens located at different sites around the head & neck & noticed because they are not buried deep in tissues or muscles like they are in the rest of the body. When stimulated by bug bites, skin irritation, vaccines or various infections they will enlarge for several weeks before returning to their resting size. ...Read more
I have a pea sized lump behind right ear at hairline and lump on back of neck right side. What could this be?
Cyst/node: The lesion behind the ear could be a sebaceous cyst (when sweat gland gets plugged & forms a cyst), the neck could also be a cyst but enlarged lymph node (may be indicative of underlying inflammation/infection) needs to be considered also. Would recommend evaluation with a Physician. ...Read more
Pea sized lump behind right ear sometimes tender no other symptoms what could it be, could it be cancer, had this lump for a few days?
Lump behind right ear, pain in my left tibia, and fatigue. No recent infection. What could this be?
Needs to see doctor: You may need to be seen by your physician for detailed examination and history to come on conclusion ...Read more
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! ...Read more
I have a lump behind right ear for 1 year. ENT described it as a bony mass and recommended biopsy. I declined as hadn't grown much. Right decision?
Well: Best to fill low the recommendation of your doctor since it seems to have grown. Reconsider your decision and go back to doctor ...Read more
Lump behind right ear for 1 year. ENT recommended biopsy but opted for CT instead. CTwas normal. Do lymph nodes normally show up on CT w/o contrast?
Usually: Usually if node is still there. If you still have a mass, biopsy is indicated. ...Read more
Lump behind right ear on tip of mastoid for about 1 year. I declined biopsy so ENT said to get a CT. Will CT differentiate lymph node from a tumor?
Yes: It will also rule out involvement of / extension from the mastoid ...Read more
I have a small lump the size of a eraser on a regular pencil on teh mastoid bone behind right ear. What could it be?
Lymphadenopathy: Infection is most common cause.Get a more detailed answer ›
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