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Bone swelling behind the ear on the side of the head?

Bone swelling behind the ear on the side of the head?

Probably mastoid: Probably air cells in the bone of your skull that should be there. If it has increased in size or is tender see ENT doctor ...Read more

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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What's the purpose of the outer ear auricle?

What's the purpose of the outer ear auricle?

Outer ear auricle: At one time in our development, the outer ear used to be as big as an elephant's auricle. Only kidding. The purpose of all of the structures of the outer ear are to funnel sound waves down the canal towards the eardrum. A equally good question is why do we have ear wax to clutter the entire system up? ...Read more

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Symptoms of ear infection or fluid behind ear drum?

Symptoms of ear infection or fluid behind ear drum?

Pain, hearing issue: In acute otitis there is pain, decrease hearing in kids fever, vomiting and sometimes abdominal pain. In chronic form it decrease in hearing might be the only symptom. ...Read more

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Can an outer ear infection cause ringing in the ears?

Can an outer ear infection cause ringing in the ears?

Yes: If the swelling of the external ear canal from an outer ear infection is severe enough you can get a temporary hearing loss which can accentuate ringing in the ears. The ringing of the ears should be evaluated if the ringing persists once the outer ear infection has resolved. ...Read more

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Can TMJ cause pain behind the ear and in the neck?

Can TMJ cause pain behind the ear and in the neck?

It can indeed: TMJ can cause all sorts of pain patterns involving the ear, head and neck. ...Read more

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What drains into the TMJ space right under the ear lobe, causing jawbone paine?

What drains into the TMJ space right under the ear lobe, causing jawbone paine?

Nothing: Nothing actually 'drains' into your TMJ space...But the TMJ is a very complex structure that involves bones, an 'articulating disc', muscles and ligaments! there is much that can cause jawbone pain, please get evaluated by a qualified fentist. ...Read more

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Infection is the cause of swollen left ear or right ear?

Infection is the cause of swollen left ear or right ear?

Can be rt or left: You can get infection in right or left ear, and there will be swlling of the ear lobe or ear canal in external ear infection there are other conditions which can also cause swelling of external ear, so have it checked by your doctor. ...Read more

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Pain behind the ear and in upper jaw with swollen glands what causes this?

Pain behind the ear and in upper jaw with swollen glands what causes this?

Likely infection: Pain such as the one you are reporting can occur by a nearby infection such as sinusitis, sore throat, skin infection etc. If such complaints are experienced then one should definitely see their physician to be worked up the various causes. ...Read more

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Tender area behind left ear with slightly raised lump on the mastoid bone and dull earache with tenderness in ear canal. Is this dangerous/serious?

Tender area behind left ear with slightly raised lump on the mastoid bone and dull earache with tenderness in ear canal.  Is this dangerous/serious?

Mastoiditis: You need to be seen and examined, preferably by an ENT doctor. This could be very severe and dangerous and you should go asap. Good luck and hope this improves quickly. ...Read more

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Mri shows infection in the ear behind the ear . What does this mean?

Mri shows infection in the ear behind the ear . What does this mean?

Mastoiditis: The mastoid is a sinus in the skull composed of a series of tiny ear spaces created by a plexus of bony dividers. It is connected to the middle ear by a tube called the aditus ad antrum mastoideum and can convey microorganisms from the middle ear to the mastoid. Without seeing your MRI difficult to know what you have, but see an ENT doctor soon. ...Read more

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Can a piercing cause inflamed lymph nodes behind the ear?

Can a piercing cause inflamed lymph nodes behind the ear?

Piercing: Yes, if there was a mild infection. Just the trauma itself shouldn't give you too much of an issue. If the earlobe is getting more painful, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Pressure behind eye from ear infection, is this related?

Pressure behind eye from ear infection, is this related?

Not directly: In many cases of otitis media there is also a sinus infection which can be felt as pressure behind the eye. The ear infection itself cannot cause pressure behind the eye. ...Read more

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Painful lymph node behind the ear.

Painful lymph node behind the ear.

Likely infection: There are a number of conditions which cause lymph node enlargement, with infection being the most common cause. Behind the ear nodes can come from the ear, the skin, teeth and possibly sinuses. Take some Ibuprofen (if it's safe for you) and if the node persists, seeks care. ...Read more

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Can cartilage piercing cause lymph nodes to swell behind the ear?

Can cartilage piercing cause lymph nodes to swell behind the ear?

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

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