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For months I've had skin redness and inflammation behind my ears, where my skin is very fine and delicate clear liquid comes out that becomes a crust?

 For months I've had skin redness and inflammation behind my ears, where my skin is very fine and delicate clear liquid comes out that becomes a crust?

This could be a: contact rash from earrings, but also could be eczema. The fluid is because of the inflammation of the layers of skin, which then causes the fluid to build up and the outer layer of skin to leak the fluid out (called serous fluid). You should see your doctor or a dermatologist; either should be able to help you with this problem. ...Read more

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Inflammation (Definition)

Inflammation is the body's attempt at self-protection; the aim being to remove harmful stimuli, including damaged cells, irritants, or pathogens - and begin the healing process. Inflammation is part of the complex biological response of vascular tissues to harmful stimuli, such as pathogens, ...Read more


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I have frequent ear irritation/inflammation related to moisture. I appear to get water behind my eardrum. Do I have a hole and can it be easily fixed ?

I have frequent ear irritation/inflammation related to moisture.  I appear to get water behind my eardrum.  Do I have a hole and can it be easily fixed ?

Ear Irritation: Greetings, has a doctor told you that you have fluid behind your eardrum? It may feel like water is behind but it could be pressure changes you are sensing. Outer ear infection toons are often called swimmers ear because they are linked to water exposure. The only way to know for sure if a hole exists is to see your ENT doctor. Use a hair dryer on low and aim into your ear to dry moisture daily. ...Read more

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Will a mouth guard help with ear inflammation? Constant right side ear ache behind ear lobe. Dentist said not grinding teeth, maybe clenching jaw.

Will a mouth guard help with ear inflammation? Constant right side ear ache behind ear lobe. Dentist said not grinding teeth, maybe clenching jaw.

Perhaps: Need to first have ear checked by md to rule out infection. That done a custom-made mouth guard, an occlusal orthotic, may protect the teeth and their surrounding tissues. Otc appliances can actually make problem worse. Talk to your dentist. ...Read more

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What could a hard knot behind ear I have had it for 15 years?

What could a hard knot behind ear I have had it for 15 years?

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

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Hard as a rock node behind ear for almost 6 months now. I feel horrible. So many symptoms. What test should I get and why is this happening?

Hard as a rock node behind ear for almost 6 months now. I feel horrible. So many symptoms. What test should I get and why is this happening?

Go Tomorrow to Doc: Symptoms and an enlarged, hard, unresolving lymph node needs prompt evaluation to ensure it is not a cancer (lymphoma). It likely will need to be excised and taken to the lab for cell analysis. You also will likely need blood testing. Don't sit on this. It must be evaluated sooner rather than later. ...Read more

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1 centimeter movable node behind ear?25 y old male. Been there for about 3 months, I don't think it has grown. Does movable mean its not as serious?

1 centimeter movable node behind ear?25 y old male.  Been there for about 3 months, I don't think it has grown. Does movable mean its not as serious?

Probably normal : Moveable is always better. If it's painless and asymptomatic, 1cm is normal. If it's starts having symptoms or grows, would be reasonable to work up further or consider removing. ...Read more

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What to do if i'm young and worried! lump behind ear!?

What to do if i'm young and worried! lump behind ear!?

Ear lump: Hello, the bone behing your ear is called your mastoid prominence. There are lymph nodes in this area that may become inflamed and cause pain. I would recommend ibuprophen as directed for a few days. If this persists, then see your family doctor. I hope this helps. ...Read more

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I'm worried about a movable lump behind ear. What should I do?

I'm worried about a movable lump behind ear. What should I do?

See your doctor: This type of mass may be a lymph node or may something more worrisome. The parotid salivary gland typically extends just behind the earlobe and may develop tumors in that portion of the gland, called the tail of the parotid. You should have your doctor evaluate this mass. ...Read more

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I have flat squishy lump behind ear for numerous years, question?

I have flat squishy lump behind ear for numerous years, question?

Squishy ear lump: Have your local ENT specialist look at it. If it is growing, painful or connected to any part of you ear or neck, it will likely need to be removed. ...Read more