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I have a 19yr old son. I just noticed 2 marble sized lumps behind his ear. They are hard like marbles also. Is this something to worry about??

I have a 19yr old son. I just noticed 2 marble sized lumps behind his ear. They are hard like marbles also. Is this something to worry about??

Probably OK: A 19 year old boy with 2 "marble sized lumps behind ear." Based on description, I am not sure if he has other symptoms, but these are probably just enlarged lymph nodes that are common in viral or bacterial infections of the upper respiratory system (like a common cold, sinus infection, ear infection, flu). If your son is not sick or these lumps last for a long time, please see his doctor ...Read more

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My 9 year old son has two painless hard lumps on his skull behind his ear, no other symptoms and seems not to be caused by an infection?

My 9 year old son has two painless hard lumps on his skull behind his ear, no other symptoms and seems not to be caused by an infection?

Mgt: I would recommend an evaluation with dermatology. There are pediatric conditions which may cause these findings. Does he have any skin rashes or lesions? Is he developing and growing normally? ...Read more

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My son, 19, has a lump on the side/back of his neck and one behind his ear. They are sore to touch. No other symptoms. Does he need to be seen?

My son, 19, has a lump on the side/back of his neck and one behind his ear. They are sore to touch. No other symptoms. Does he need to be seen?

Probably lymph node: There are several lymph glands located within the structures of the neck & will vary in size from the size of a pea to much larger if stimulated. When stimulated they can enlarge quickly and feel tender to touch or compression. A visit with your dr during regular hours should separate the simple transient issues from those needing further tests. ...Read more

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My boyfriend noticed a lump behind his ear. Today some puss started to come out of it. What should he do?

My boyfriend noticed a lump behind his ear. Today some puss started to come out of it. What should he do?

Cyst vs infection.: Infection, possible cyst or lymph node vs other pathology. See ENT doc ASAP for diagnosis/treatment. ...Read more

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Why does my partner get large lumps behind his ear that are painful and leek?

Cyst?: If it is recurrent lump it may be a cyst which busts and leaks fluid and reforms and does it again, it can also be a lymph node. We can not tell you without exam, so let him get checked by his doctor to find out why he is getting them. ...Read more

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My husband found a dime sized lump under his skin behind his ear. What might this be?

My husband found a dime sized lump under his skin behind his ear. What might this be?

May be a lymph node.: I am guessing it's one of the lymph nodes in the posterior cervical chain; they run from behind the ear down the neck. Lymph nodes are found all over our bodies; they trap debris and help us ward off infection. This might also be a sabaceous cyst. Call your doctor if it seems infected, or if it feels very firm or is getting significantly larger. Lgromkomd. ...Read more

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His 18m old has a lump just behind his ear but a bit further down, he's had it since he was around 9month old, what can it be?

His 18m old has a lump just behind his ear but a bit further down, he's had it since he was around 9month old, what can it be?

Could be lymph node: This is the location of an enarged post auricular lymph node. It coudl be somethign else but you can clarify thsi with your pediatrician. ...Read more

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My 9 month old has two lumps behind his ear that the health visitor told me not to worry about. However he has now come out with scabs on his head?

My 9 month old has two lumps behind his ear that the health visitor told me not to worry about. However he has now come out with scabs on his head?

I would recommend: That you have him examined to check those scabs. He may have impetigo, which is a bacterial infection that needs to be treated. The lumps behind his ears are probably inflamed lymph nodes that may or may not be related to the scalp lesions. ...Read more

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I have a hard lump behind my left ear. It does not hurt, but when I push on it, I can feel it in my ear toward my ear drum. Should I be concerned?

I have a hard lump behind my left ear. It does not hurt, but when I push on it, I can feel it in my ear toward my ear drum. Should I be concerned?

Concerned: Yes. It should be investigated. It might be only skin level (like a sebaceus cyct), but sometimes it can be something-else such as enlarged lymph node or a remnant from an abscess communicating with a mastoid cell. ...Read more

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I have a hard painful lump just behind my ear by the hairline. It's rock hard, tender, I also have headaches, dizziness, and a ringing in my ear.

I have a hard painful lump just behind my ear by the hairline. It's rock hard, tender, I also have headaches, dizziness, and a ringing in my ear.

See Your Dr: Assuming lump, headaches, ear-ringing and dizziness started more or less together or w/in a short period of time (as opposed to say, you had headaches or dizziness for years which now worsened), I would see your doctor without delay. These could be serious. They could also be related to a musculo-skeletal condition. A doctor will need to see and examine you to help. ...Read more

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I've just found a lump behind my ear I've never felt it before it's sore and I've recently had dizzy spells and ringing in my ear what can this be?

I've just found a lump behind my ear I've never felt it before it's sore and I've recently had dizzy spells and ringing in my ear what can this be?

Ear Lump: That could be a swollen lymph node or a forming abscess. If it is a lymph node it could be from any number of things including an ear infection. You should have your ear looked at by your doctor as soon as you can or be seen at an urgent care. ...Read more

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I feel as if there's something in my ear like a lump. Why is this?

Ear lump: Greetings. The ear canal has contours inside that are unique to each individual. Other reactive changes could occur from wax buildup or infection. See your doctor for an examination. ...Read more

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I feel lump or something in my ear lobule. What is it?

I feel lump or something in my ear lobule. What is it?

Possibilities: Skin lesion, scar tissue, cyst, pustule, lipoma are a few things it could be. Best to have your doctor or ENT take a look at it for an accurate diagnosis and discussion of what if anything should be done about it. ...Read more

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Hi, I have this lump in my ear lobe, had one before but it went but this is bigger and hurts a lot, any help?

Cyst: There are small oil glands inside the ear lobe. If their drainage point is blocked the fluid will keep filling the sac and cause a lump. Sometimes over time and with massage the cyst will drain. If it's not red massage the area gently several times a day to see if that changes thing. As with any weird lump/bump a real exam by MD is usually the best way to get the right diagnosis. ...Read more

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I have a lump in my ear, its about 2mm up from where my ear is peirced. I'm scared that it is something serious, and it really hurts when I touch it x?

I have a lump in my ear, its about 2mm up from where my ear is peirced. I'm scared that it is something serious, and it really hurts when I touch it x?

See doctor: Hi. How long ago were the ears pierced? It may be an abscess. It may be something as simple as a pimple. If you squeeze it, does anything come out the piercing hole? It's probably not serious, but an abscess would need to be incised and drained and treated with antibiotics. Good luck! ...Read more

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I have a hard lump in my ear and it is sore to touch what is this?

I have a hard lump in my ear and it is sore to touch what is this?

Epidermal cyst: This is a hair follicle tumor that is filling with keratin proteins and distending the follicle to form a sack. The lesion may feel like a hard pea that is moveable within the tissue. The only way to get rid of it is surgical. It is sore to touch because some of the material is leaking out of the sack and acting like a foreign substance. Go to your dermatologist who will cut it out! ...Read more

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I have a mass growing in my ear lobe. And it looks like another in my other ear. What could it be?

See doctor: You would need to have it biopsied and evaluated under a microscope to determine what it truly is. ...Read more

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There is a weird formation in my ear. What do you think this is? There's no redness and it's been there for about a month. It just started hurting recently. It's a lump in the lobe of my ear.

There is a weird formation in my ear. What do you think this is? There's no redness and it's been there for about a month. It just started hurting recently. It's a lump in the lobe of my ear.

Lump ear lobule: Lobular lumps are commonly one of two things- scar tissue or sebaceous cysts. With the recent history of pain. You can be developing an infection. See your primary care doctor for management. ...Read more

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I can feel a lump in my ear lobe and I can move it with my fingers and it hurts slightly when I press on it. What could it possibly be?

I can feel a lump in my ear lobe and I can move it with my fingers and it hurts slightly when I press on it. What could it possibly be?

Cyst or scar: If your ears are pierced, sometimes people get more aggressive scar growth that can be tender when pushed on. Many people also get small epidermal/sebaceous cysts on their earlobes. Or, it could be the start of a deep zit. Keep an eye on it, and let a dermatologist take a peek if things change and become worse, red, or infected looking. ...Read more

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I have about a quarter sized hard lump above my left ear. Sometimes I have ringing in my ear and I get bad headaches once in a while. Tumor?

I have about a quarter sized hard lump above my left ear. Sometimes I have ringing in my ear and I get bad headaches once in a while. Tumor?

Please be examined: It is always concerning when anyone presents with a "hard" lump. A good history and physical by a physician along with any indicated tests will aid in diagnosing potential serious conditions. ...Read more

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Hi there, I had a lump in my ear that started moving towards the jawline. It doesn't hurt when I touch it, but it is relatively big (at least half cm)?

Hard to know: Any new lump that concerns you should be investigated by physician. It is impossible to tell you without palpating this what it might be. That's not to say that it's cancer but if it concerns you you should see if physician in person. ...Read more

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What's this lump in my ear lobe next to my piercing? Just noticed this morning. Slightly sore. I can move it a little beneath the tissue.

What's this lump in my ear lobe next to my piercing? Just noticed this morning. Slightly sore. I can move it a little beneath the tissue.

Early abscess: This could be acne but is probably an early abscess. You need to have it checked by a doctor. You may need an antibiotic. Please keep the ear ring area clean and dry. Good luck. ...Read more

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Some clear fluid drained from my ears, Yday my right ear was blocked & I couldn't hear. Today I woke up with a sore lump in my ear lobe p. causes?

Some clear fluid drained from my ears, Yday my right ear was blocked & I couldn't hear. Today I woke up with a sore lump in my ear lobe p. causes?

See your PCP: Some conditions like ear discharge, loss of hearing require further assessment and your PCP may schedule a follow-up appointment or refer you to an ENT specialist to determine a diagnosis. See your PCP first for evaluation and tests. ...Read more

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So I am going to see the ent this week. There is a hard lump in my ear. Me being a teenager I starting squeezing the bump/lump no pus came out just blood and I did this like once a day for three days, because at first it was squishy water like. Now it is

So I am going to see the ent this week. There is a hard lump in my ear. Me being a teenager I starting squeezing the bump/lump no pus came out just blood and I did this like once a day for three days, because at first it was squishy water like. Now it is

Question: Your question got cut off by the system. There is a character limit to questions on healthtap (as well as our answers). You can re-ask your question or can have a live consult with a doctor in your state.
Either way, make sure you see your primary doctor or ENT this week. ...Read more

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I have a bruise colored lump on the back of my earlobe right under one of the piercings in my ear the lumps sore to touch what may this be?

I have a bruise colored lump on the back of my earlobe right under one of the piercings in my ear the lumps sore to touch what may this be?

? keloid: This may be a form of extra scar tissue called keloid. Ears are a common location, it's due to the trauma of the ear piercing. How long have the lumps been present and are they enlarging. Any history of problems with wound healing elsewhere in the body? ...Read more

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Today I suddenly felt a painful lump in throat sensation, especially painful when swallowing. I also have a slight ache in my ear when swallowing

Depends: It can be signs and symptoms of an upper respiratory infection. When the throat is inflamed or fighting an infection, they can become swollen. You can experience pain when swallowing. Check if there are other symptoms associated like fever, malaise, ear discharge.
I suggest supportive care like rest, chicken soup and NSAIDs. If sx worsen go to your Doctor. Good luck ...Read more

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My 6-yo son has a small hard immovable painless bone-like bump behind his ear.?

My 6-yo son has a small hard immovable painless bone-like bump behind his ear.?

Likely lymph node: The area behind the ear is called the mastoid bone. Often there is a tiny lymph node over this area that can appear quite prominent. As long as it is about the size of a pea and mobile, it is normal. Next time you seen your doctor, have it checked. All the best. ...Read more