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Doctor insights on: Lump Behind Ear Lobe

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Lobe (Definition)

1. A rounded projection, especially a rounded, projecting anatomical part. (for example, the lobe of an ear) 2. A subdivision of a bodily organ or part bounded by fissures, connective tissue, or other structural boundaries. (for example, a ...Read more


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I have a small, painful lump behind both ear lobes. They dont hurt outright, but they hurt to touch. Is this serious?

I have a small, painful lump behind both ear lobes. They dont hurt outright, but they hurt to touch. Is this serious?

Hard to say: These could be lymph nodes or cysts or infected/clogged follicles or even something else. Since it's bilateral - as in on both sides - lymph nodes are more likely the culprit. To be sure you should seek an in person evaluation. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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I've got a small, hard, fixed in place lump behind my ear lobe, sort of in line with my mouth. It hurts to touch. Could be a sign of cancer?

I've got a small, hard, fixed in place lump behind my ear lobe, sort of in line with my mouth. It hurts to touch. Could be a sign of cancer?

Level II Lymph Node: What you are describing is a level ii lymph node. These are enlarged when you get a sore throat, and can be enlarged when cancer spreads to them as well. You could also have an infection (that might be red or warm). The fact that it is hard, though, makes it more worrisome for cancer. I would definitely have it checked out. ...Read more

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Lump directly behind left ear lobe. Itches and full of pus. Popped it 5 times, but is back the next day. Sometimes hard, sometimes squishy.

Lump directly behind left ear lobe. Itches and full of pus. Popped it 5 times, but is back the next day. Sometimes hard, sometimes squishy.

Cyst or lymph node: Either you have a lymph node or more likely an infected sebaceous cyst. Once it pops it will continue to pop. You can try warm compress and meticulous cleaning but it will recur soon or years later. Treatment for the cyst requires cutting it out. It can be done in the office. A general surgeon will have experience with this also plastics and ENT. ...Read more

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Lump behind my right ear lobe, been there for around a month now.. It has shrunken in size I'm pretty sure. I'm 17, Scared to visit the doctors, help!

Lump behind my right ear lobe, been there for around a month now.. It has shrunken in size I'm pretty sure. I'm 17, Scared to visit the doctors, help!

Lymph node: Most likely. You have multiple little lymph nodes behind your ear down your neck, below your hairline, really all over your body. They sometimes get a little bigger when you get any kind of infection, cold, earache, sore throat. They can take awhile to go away, long after the cold is over. They become concerning when large, hard, red, painful etc. sounds like yours is resolving. ...Read more

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urinating dark brown for about 3 weeks now and now I have a very hard tender pea Size lump knot behind my right ear lobe 2 cm in towaRds my spine?

 urinating dark brown for about 3 weeks now and now I have a very hard tender pea Size lump knot behind my right ear lobe 2 cm in  towaRds my spine?

Dark brown urine: is probably blood or bile, and not related to your ear mass. Either blood or bile in urine is abnormal, and could be related to SERIOUS kidney or liver disease. Get to a doctor for accurate diagnosis and proper treatment. ...Read more

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Lump on face near ear lobe, moves slightly, rash behind ear, hurts a bit when touched..Is this serious?

Lump on face near ear lobe, moves slightly, rash behind ear, hurts a bit when touched..Is this serious?

Reactive node: The lump is most likely a reactive lymph node that tends to enlarge from pea sized to bean sized when stimulated by such things as skin rashes/bug bites/viruses &the like. They usually stay enlarged while stimulated &recede when not.Takes 3-4 weeks to settle down. Your doc can confirm this. ...Read more

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Tender lump in crease behind ear right where the lobe connects to cartilage. Is there a node there? Or more likely a cyst?

Tender lump in crease behind ear right where the lobe connects to cartilage. Is there a node there? Or more likely a cyst?

Sebaceous cyst: This is the most common lesion at that location. It may require surgical excision if it gets infected or enlarges. ...Read more