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Dr. Richard Bensinger
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I have a hard lump behind ear on head. Please answer?

I have a hard lump behind ear on head. Please answer?

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

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Dr. Umesh Patel
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Dr. William Lewis
Board Certified, ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
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Why loose lump behind ear on head?

Why loose lump behind ear on head?

Cyst/node: This may be a cyst or a lymph node, but best to see your otolaryngologist for an exact diagniosis. ...Read more

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Dr. Umesh Patel
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Dr. Amy Deeken
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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?

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

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Dr. Benjamin Chun
Board Certified, Ophthalmology
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Baby almost 5 mos has goopy left eye I think clogged tear duct but also congested and has lump behind left ear on head. Lymph node? Thoughts?

Baby almost 5 mos has goopy left eye I think clogged tear duct but also congested and has lump behind left ear on head. Lymph node? Thoughts?

Appt time: The baby can have bacterial conjunctivitis, to nasolacrimal obstruction, viral infection--he/she really needs to be seen. As far as lymph nodes the one near the ear is located inferior to the ear not behind it. ...Read more

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Dr. Umesh Patel
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Dr. James Ferguson
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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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?

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

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Dr. Ahmad Ibrahim
Board Certified, Urgent Care
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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?

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

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Dr. Philip Miller
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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Dr. John Scuba
Board Certified, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
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I have small lump behind ear near jaw my neck burns my ears burns it feels like my head is wet. My neck hurts when i turn it to the rgt. Any idea?

Lumps: Lumps in the neck need to be evaluated by a surgeon. Many are infectious and are lymph nodes which may react to local ear or tooth infections. But some are more ominous and need careful evaluation and following. Depending on how long present, anything more than 2 weeks means a complete exam. ...Read more

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Dr. Katharine Cox
Board Certified, Pediatric Emergency Medicine
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Lump on left side of head 2 CM behind ear. There for 2 months. If I apply pressure I can kind of flatten it out. Had a ear infection 2months ago. 13yr?

Lump on left side of head 2 CM behind ear. There for 2 months. If I apply pressure I can kind of flatten it out. Had a ear infection 2months ago. 13yr?

Lymph node: Likely a post auricular lymph node, which often increases is size with local infections mostly skin and some viruses. Most of these are very tiny and lie over a bone called the mastoid. Have your doctor confirm this and continue to follow it until it is getting smaller. ...Read more

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Dr. Martin Raff
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Feels weak and tired and has a lump behind ear that itches. Feels like he has a head cold and a swore throat.

Feels weak and tired and has a lump behind ear that itches. Feels like he has a head cold and a swore throat.

See a doctor: Answers on HealthTap aren't intended for individual treatment, prescription or diagnosis. You need to be seen and examined. ...Read more

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