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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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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 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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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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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.

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

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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

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