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Large Hard Lump Behind Ear
Depends: Depends what you mean by "normal".....Aa lump behind the ear may be a lymph node that is enlarged...That is normal as it is doing its job. If it is infected it will be tender. It may or may not be related to a sharp headache. Your symptoms are best evaluated in a visit with your physician so you can be examined more details obtained. This is hard to answer without seeing you. ...Read more
See Head & Neck doc.: Possible lymph node vs. Parotid gland mass other rare cause. Enlarged nodes from 1) normal response to inflammation 2) lymph node cancer 3) regional cancer moved to lymph node 4) weird infections. Parotid masses usuallu require surgery but 80% are benign. If this has been present for more than a few weeks please see a doc experienced in head and neck disease. Usually a Plastic Surgeon or ENT. ...Read more
Probably: Probably enlarged lymph node.Get a more detailed answer ›
I have 5-7 lumps on my neck, behind ear, spine. They start out like a small hard lump or large lump and scab over. I'm 22. is this cancer? It don't hurt
Possibly infection: If the lesions end up with scabs it sounds more likely that these lumps are infection such as a boil or abscess. However, I tend to be conservative and the lumps should be evaluated and if necessary a biopsy may be taken or if there is discharge then a culture could be taken. See a medical provider. Good luck ...Read more
Lipoma: Lipomas, a fatty tumor are common in this location as well as a few other tumors. Has the lump been present for some time or rapidly developing recently? If rapid, get an evaluation by an ENT specialist fairly soon. If it has been there for some time, you can probably ignore it if it does not bother you and is not changing. ...Read more
Hopefully: It will resolve without intevention. You may have a swollen lymph node or cyst that may or maynot be infected. If it doesn't resolve - get it checked. ...Read more
Either or see a doc:
It could be either a lymph node and that will explain the tenderness and mass effect
it could be an oil gland cyst what is called sebaceous cyst that could get hard like a solid mass and it could get infected and turn to abscess like structure
either way you need to see your doctor for evaluation and proper treatment at least with antibiotic before the infection spread
good luck ...Read more
Should be checked: This is not usual so it should be checked by your child's doctor. ...Read more
Hard lump behind ear was told it was a lymph node. Hasn't grown but hasn't gotten smaller. I lost 6-7 lbs in last 3 months. Do I need to be concerned?
You need to be seen and have the "node" rechecked.
The weight loss is concerning and needs to be evaluated. ...Read more
Small painless hard lump behind ear lobe on neck about 4wks. Came when earlobe was infected. Lobe ok now but lump still there and remains same size.
Lymph node: Most likely a lymph node which was inflamed initially, could be something else as well, like a lipoma, cyst etc plz make sure with your doctor. ...Read more
Hard lump behind ear and on back of neck for over a month. Feeling very tired and nauseous. Should I be concerned?
Need evaluation: Hard lumps can be caused by many things. Most causes are temporary and will resolve, like an enlarged lymph node in response to a local infection. However hard lumps it can be found with more serious illness like lymphoma or leukemia. Its very important that you go for evaluation ASAP, especially since you have been feeling tired. Losing weight or having fevers at night are other concerning signs ...Read more
Bloods came back- all fine regarding bloods and liver function. Found a hard lump behind ear connected to my neck? I have minimal symptoms at the mo.
Had 2-3 lumps in left breast, today noticed a hard lump behind ear beneath my skull. With occasional pain in ear n stiff neck. R both these lumps related?
NO: Breast lumps and lumps behind the ear are not related. ...Read more
ENT consult: A lump should be evaluated right away. What you are describing is most likely a benign growth but consult an ENT physician soon. ...Read more
Lump behind ear: Lumps behind the ear are common. Oftentimes, these are lymph glands. As you describe it, it may happen to be a cyst. Please bring her to the pediatrician for diagnosis. ...Read more
Small lump behind ear. Hard, not painful. Dr looked and said a cyst. Should I b worried? Hasn't gotten bigger or anything.
Hard, painless lump with odor behind ear. On previous occasions I drained them, but its hard. Not bothering me, but should I have it checked?
Ear lumps: Hello~ yes these are sebaceous cysts and the time to remove them is when they are quiescent and not infected. See your doc now and have them removed thanks ...Read more
Hard lump discovered 2 wks ago behind ear. Dr said if not gone in 4 wks then biopsy. Should I wait on biopsy longer than that if no other symptoms?
Your call: If it is stable, and not painful, it is very unlikely to be anything beyond a bit of scar (quite firm) or a piece of mastoid process (bone hard) or a benign inclusion cyst (sort of firm and smooth). Full information before you allow biopsy and consider imaging first -- there is an important nerve nearby. ...Read more
Are multiple neck lumps that appear rather suddenly considered dangerous? She has 4. One lump is very hard, behind ear. Two new ones in past 2 days
See below: I would certainly get that checked sooner than later. Could be infectious, could also be a malignancy. Any recent illness? Cat scratch or something similar? Any other symptoms? ...Read more
Hard painful lump behind ear on the bone. Only just noticed it. Cannot move it is fixed to the bone?
Lymph node: It is probably a small lymph node but it is best to get it checked by your GP. Make an appointment to get it checked out. ...Read more
Painless lump hard lump on bone behind ear I had it for a few awhile now but I noticed that it has grown a bit?
Mass: It doesn't matter what I think it might be based on the limited information you have provided, it needs to be seen by a doctor. I'm not sure why you have been watching it for "awhile" but now sought medical attention on line instead of in person but you already know you need medical evaluation. See your doctor. ...Read more
Small hard lump on skull, just behind ear. Had it for years, sometimes more prominent but not bigger/ smaller. What could this be?
I have a lump behind ear on head, hard but slightly mobile. Been there a month but got a little smaller, should I get it checked with dr for cancer?
Yes: This may very we be a swollen benign lymph node associated with a resolving infection because it is getting smaller. Please get it checked by a doctor because this is something that needs to be examined and sometimes even biopsied to be sure what is going on. ...Read more
Hard lump behind lft ear, then another lower down behind ear. Painful to touch and pain shoots down jaw and neck, help??
See doctor: This is likely an infection which requires a doctor's exam and treatment. ...Read more
19 month old son has marble sized lump behind ear and two smaller ones on back of head all feel fixed and quite hard no other symptoms but im worried?
Lymph node: There are many lymph nodes in the neck and back of the head that are often more noticeable because they are located where our fat pads don't hide them. If you feel around you should find several the size of a pea ; sometimes bigger. They can increase to the size of a big peanut if stimulated by local factors, illness or vaccines. I would just monitor it or have doc see it during regular visit. ...Read more
Found a finger tip sized lump behind ear (not in fold but more on the side of head) 3 weeks ago. Was not painful but now is. Very firm, bony like?
Reassurance: Its probably a cyst/lymphnode if it is on the bone probably the mastoid bone. If it is non painful you can observe it and see your doctor if there is more concern. ...Read more
Two lumps behind ear and on side of neck that are hard and itchy. I have psoriasis any relation? Three lumps just appeared one present for a year?
Have very hard bone-like finger-tip size lump on left side of head, behind ear. Not painful unless touched, not hot. Cause for concern?
Either lymph node: Or a posterior occipital bony prominence- please have it checked by your physician. ...Read more
Hard almost immobile lump behind ear on skull bone around 1cm size. Painless unless touched. Worried of malignancy. Male 19. What is it?
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