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I have an earlobe infection in my right ear piercing, could that cause my right lypmh node on my neck to swell?

I have an earlobe infection in my right ear piercing, could that cause my right lypmh node on my neck to swell?

Skin & lymph nodes: Yes, a skin infection can cause swelling in a lymph node nearby. When infection happens on the skin, certain immune system cells go from the skin to nearby lymph nodes to recruit more immune system cells to fight the infection. Since the lymph node is busy making more cells to fight infection, it gets bigger and can sometimes even be tender to touch. It will go down after infection is resolved. ...Read more

Dr. Julie Abbott
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


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What to do if I have ear piercing possible infection?

Piercing infection: Check for signs of infection: ^'ed redness, warmth, swelling. ^'ed tenderness, pus, red streaking, swollen lymph nodes or fever. Recommend keeping piercing in place unless directed by Dr (if removed – drainage tract will close up w ^'ed risk of abscess formation). Call Dr for medical evaluation. Your Dr may prescribe oral antibiotics or antibiotic ointments to apply to piercing site. ...Read more

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How to treat an old ear piercing from infection?

Please seek: Medical evaluation for treatment of this infection. ...Read more

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Yellowish fluid coming out of my ear piercing. Is this an infection? What should I do?

Yellowish fluid coming out of my ear piercing. Is this an infection? What should I do?

Several things: Symptoms like these are best deterimed by a thorough evaluation by your physician. Based on his/her findings, a treatment plan can be developed to help you. ...Read more

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What to do if I have ear piercing infection?

Piercing infection: Check for signs of infection to include: ^'ed redness, warmth, swelling. ^'ed tenderness, pus, red streaking, swollen lymph nodes or fever. Recommend keeping the piercing in place (if removed – the drainage tract will close up). Call your physician for medical evaluation. ...Read more

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What to do if I have ear piercing infection prevent future piercings?

What to do if I have ear piercing infection prevent future piercings?

Use correct cleaning: Techniques. New piercings are usually cleaned twice a day. Do not twist jewelry / post. Saturate gauze w saline solution (pinch of sea salt in warm water), place on piercing & allow it to gently drip into the piercing. Or you can buy pressurized saline solution at a drug store. ...Read more

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What is this lump to the left of my ear piercing inside my earlobe?

What is this lump to the left of my ear piercing inside my earlobe?

Cyst or scar?: Lumps can represent any number of things. The common cause can be a cyst or a scar as a result of the ear piercing. See your doctor. ...Read more

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My ear has a lump on the back around my ear piercing but it isn't infected what is it?

My ear has a lump on the back around my ear piercing but it isn't infected what is it?

Anything!: Excess scar tissue is a possibility. Could be a benign intradermal cyst. If it does go away, or begins causing pain, time to see your doctor! ...Read more

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I have a lump right where my ear piercing is located. I've hate for awhile and it is painless but bothersome. How ca it be removed?

I have a lump right where my ear piercing is located. I've hate for awhile and it is painless but bothersome. How ca it be removed?

Keloid Scar: It is probably a Keloid and you should consult a dermatologist
Treatment options are
Superficial external beam radiotherapy with cure rate of 90%%
Intralesional injection with corticosteroid can feduce the swelling and itching
Cryotherapy is application ofextreme cold ...Read more

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I have hard big lump on neck behind ear?

I have hard big lump on neck behind ear?

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

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Daughter has lump on neck behind ear and its red around area any suggestions what it could be?

Daughter has lump on neck behind ear and its red around area any suggestions what it could be?

Skin infection: This is either a skin infection known as staph or it is an infected lymph node. Either way her doctor needs to see this and get her treated. ...Read more

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Found sudden hard lump on neck yesterday. Near back of neck. Don't smoke, don't drink. It isn't painful. Is it pinched nerve? No infection. I worry.

Found sudden hard lump on neck yesterday. Near back of neck. Don't smoke, don't drink. It isn't painful. Is it pinched nerve? No infection. I worry.

Skin: This is likely a skin issue like an ingrown hair or small abscess. Have someone look at it or take a picture so you can see it. If it gets larger or hurts more the go see your Doc. ...Read more

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I have a lump on neck. Appeared 10 days ago and is growing I noticed a sm, lump on r- side of neck 10 days ago. 3 inches down 2 inches to r- of ear. Now it is 1, 1/2 inch round and sticks out 1/2 inch min. Does not hurt much cancer in family, dr looked an

Hello.: Hello. Cannot make a diagnosis through this venue. Although there can be swollen lymph nodes in that area; 1.5 inches in diameter would be much larger than expected. If it was a fatty tumor, would not expect it to have noticeable growth over ten days. If it is red, hot and tender, it could be an infected cyst. I agree with the doctor who examined you. If it becomes painful, red, hot, more swollen or there is swelling or heat in the surrounding area or you get an associated fever than you need to get it rechecked. ...Read more

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Have soft lump on neck near spine, ringing in ears, fatigue, tightness on neck and occasional headaches?

Have soft lump on neck near spine, ringing in ears, fatigue, tightness on neck and occasional headaches?

Lump: Size? Duration? Did it appear at same to e as other symptoms? Important that you see your Physician for examination and applicable diagnostic procedures. ...Read more

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My 4 year old has a lump on neck behind ear it is a blackish blue color. Her doctor does not know what it is sending her to dermatoligst. It has grown?

My 4 year old has a lump on neck behind ear it is a blackish blue color. Her doctor does not know what it is sending her to dermatoligst. It has grown?

First thought benign: My first thought on this description is a benign blue nevus, an distinctive round to oval spot that firm, grey blue to blue black & can occur anywhere on the body. They usually have a well defined border & appear gradually in a patient. It could be something else & the dermatologist can decide if special tests are needed to decide what it is. ...Read more

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I feel a grape sized lump on neck under my ear next to my jawbone. Hard, fixed, for many years. Have lump at the same spot on other side but smaller?

I feel a grape sized lump on neck under my ear next to my jawbone. Hard, fixed, for many years. Have lump at the same spot on other side but smaller?

Surgeon or Derm.: Ask your dentist or primary care physician. Give them more details on the history of the mass (es) and any symptoms associated with them. They will probably send you to an oral surgeon or dermatologist depending on their clinical findings. It's good that it hasn't changed much (usually that suggests it's benign). Could be a number of different things. ...Read more

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3yr old daughter has lump on neck behind ear more close to hair line was red but redness has slimmed family member said could be built up ear wax?

Ear wax: Your child may have ear wax but it is not the cause of the lump on your childs neck. That lump is a swollen lymph gland which became swollen as a result of an upper respiratory infection, ear ache or the result of a sore throat. ...Read more

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My gp prescribed me antibios for abscess/sebaceous cyst behind ear now I have a large boil like lump on neck. What does this mean?

My gp prescribed me antibios for abscess/sebaceous cyst behind ear now I have a large boil like lump on neck. What does this mean?

See a dermatologist: You may have an enlarged lymph node as reaction to an inflamed cyst. Antibiotic therapy may not be effective, drainage or removal of the cyst may be the best treatment. First get an accurate diagnosis. ...Read more

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V hard lump on neck, under ear behind jaw, comes & goes. Not v painful but aware of. On amtrymitline for headaches. Seen dentist & doc all blood work ok?

V hard lump on neck, under ear behind jaw, comes & goes. Not v painful but aware of. On amtrymitline for headaches. Seen dentist & doc all blood work ok?

Neck mass: Se an ENT as this could be a sebaceous cyst, a lymph node or parotid gland neoplasm, among other things. It warrants an exam and possibly imaging, followed by a biopsy or removal of the mass. ...Read more

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Lump on neck, lump on back of tongue, white spot on tonsil, red dots on tongue (look like large paepelle), white coating on tongue, ear/throat pain.

Lump on neck, lump on back of tongue, white spot on tonsil, red dots on tongue (look like large paepelle), white coating on tongue, ear/throat pain.

Doctor can check: New throat pain can be from a strep throat infection (antibiotics are needed), a cold or influenza (antibiotics usually not used), or from some other cause such as allergies or irritants. Usually, a person sees the doctor if the sore throat is "super sore", recurrent, or doesn't go away quickly (mainly to check for strep throat). Throat infections can occur along with tongue and ear symptoms. ...Read more

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Painful sore throat, irritated ears, lump on neck, stiff neck, and fatigue. This is not a normal sore throat. No fever or cold like symptoms?

Painful sore throat, irritated ears, lump on neck, stiff neck, and fatigue. This is not a normal sore throat. No fever or cold like symptoms?

Viral?: This may be infectious mononucleosis or some other viral illness that simultates it. Sounds as if you should have your doctor see you. Good luck. ...Read more

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The past 2 days, I have 2 lumps behind my right ear & severe neck pain. I went to dr. & said it was swollen nodes possible infection. Is this normal?

The past 2 days, I have 2 lumps behind my right ear & severe neck pain. I went to dr. & said it was swollen nodes possible infection. Is this normal?

Not Normal: Swollen neck nodes is common and often is from infection. Can be bacterial (like strep throat) or viral (like "mono"). Other more serious problems should be considered if it doesn't get better. This could include hodgkins disease or non-hodgkins lymphoma and would require a biopsy for diagnosis. Other blood tests can help. ...Read more

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Painless lump on side of neck with no other obvious infection (cold, flu, ear). Doc says it's nothing and won't run any tests. Advice?

Lymphadenopathy: This may be an enlarged lymph node, and the characteristics appreciated by your doctor have convinced them that it is nothing of concern. The major test they could run would be to biopsy and this is both risky and expensive. If you don't trust their opinion suggest you see another provider. Good luck. ...Read more

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A lump on under my jaw, my ear feels like I have a ear infection but I don't all on my left side of neck, hurts but I don't have strep I got tested?

A lump on under my jaw, my ear feels like I have a ear infection but I don't all on my left side of neck, hurts but I don't have strep I got tested?

Infection: You still have an infection...And it could be viral or bacterial. A negative strep is nice but sometimes it cannot be found on the tonsils if it is in the lymph node itself. Your ear hurts because the pain is referred up the eustachian tube to your ear fro your throat. Homeopathic pulsatilla may help as may gargling with salt water. Your doctor may also prescribe antibiotics if it is persistent. ...Read more

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Can spit infect your ear piercing?

Can spit infect your ear piercing?

YES: Check for signs of infection: ^'ed redness, warmth, swelling. ^'ed tenderness, pus, red streaking, swollen lymph nodes or fever. Recommend keeping piercing in place unless directed by Dr (if removed – drainage tract will close up w ^'ed risk of abscess formation). Call Dr for medical evaluation. Your Dr may prescribe oral antibiotics or antibiotic ointments to apply to piercing site. ...Read more

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Can I use a&d ointment on a bump above my fourth ear piercing?

Can I use a&d ointment on a bump above my fourth ear piercing?

A and D ointnent: Vitamin A and D ointment is mainly used for skin irritation and not for bumps like cysts, abscess, ingrown hairs, lipoma. A physician would have to inspect the bump in order to make a diagnosis and advise you. ...Read more

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Is this normal? I have a bump of skin on back of cartilidge ear piercing?

Is this normal? I have a bump of skin on back of cartilidge ear piercing?

No: The formation of a bump can be keloid or infection. See an ENT doctor for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

Piercing (Definition)

Body piercing, a form of body modification, is the practice of puncturing or cutting a part of the human body, creating an opening in which ...Read more


Dr. Shari Jackson
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Neck Mass (Definition)

This is a 'mass', whether benign or malignant, located ...Read more