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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

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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What is the lump near my ear? I found it right in front of the lobe and it feels painful to touch, I found it 3 days ago. It's semi hard but moves

Preauricular node: the fact that you can move it argues that it is not attached to the skull. You likely had an infection in that region of your body and the cells there gave up their lives in their "last full measure of devotion" to protect you. If it doesn't go down soon, see your doc. ...Read more

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Soft mobile lump side of right ear near lobe had it for a month now its not red or tender and no other symptoms what can it be and should it go away?

Soft mobile lump side of right ear near lobe had it for a month now its not red or tender and no other symptoms what can it be and should it go away?

Cyst: This bump is probably an uninflamed cyst....However, you should have it verified by a dermatologist.You may or may not want to have it surgically removed. You want to be sure that is all it is. Depending on the size and if it's growing you may decide to remove it. ...Read more

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I have a lump behind my right jaw bone just below my ear lobe and its kind of painful what could it be?

I have a lump behind my right jaw bone just below my ear lobe and its kind of painful what could it be?

Lymph node or gland: Could be a swollen lymph node or a swollen parotid salivary gland. If it is tender it may be infected and you should see a doctor. ...Read more

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Why does my ear lobe have a hard lump?

A few things: Could be a blocked oil gland (sebaceous cyst). A scar from previous trauma or piercing, small benign tumor, resolved acne lesion. If it has been there awhile. See an ent doc for evaluation ...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?

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 behind the lobe on my left ear, it hurts and is not on the surface of the skin..What could this be?

I have a lump behind the lobe on my left ear, it hurts and is not on the surface of the skin..What could this be?

Sebaceous cyst: Sebaceous cysts are benign. The body of the cyst is filled with dead skin cells and oil from the skin’s oil glands. They can be manipulated with the fingers and moved beneath the skin. Sebaceous cysts are painless unless they have become infected or are pressing on a nerve. They can occur anywhere on the body where sebaceous glands are present, including the earlobes where they are not uncommon. ...Read more