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Painful Lymph Nodes Behind Ear
Likely infection: There are a number of conditions which cause lymph node enlargement, with infection being the most common cause. Behind the ear nodes can come from the ear, the skin, teeth and possibly sinuses. Take some Ibuprofen (if it's safe for you) and if the node persists, seeks care. ...Read more
Have a whole line of swollen painful occipital lymph nodes.. behind my ear in the hairline and down my neck ? Neck is very painful?
Infection: Your lymph nodes are a line of defense against infection and sometimes allergic reactions in your body. When they swell, they are fighting the infection. In your case, they are probably overworked and probably need the assistance of an antibiotic. If they do not respond to treatment, blood tests may be helpful to determine other causes. ...Read more
Sept9 posted about painful lymph nodes..Since have fatigue, glands still up. Hard painless lump behind ear. Epstein virus test positive. What is it?
Mononucleosis: Classic description of the viral illness mononucleosis. Contagious by oral contact.Self-limited, but can be chronic.No antimicrobials are needed since this is viral, but secondary streptococcus infection could require treatment. In some cases the spleen can enlarge and even rupture, so limited activity is sometimes recommended. Good luck. ...Read more
2 swollen lymph nodes behind ear. Extremely tired, itchy little bumps and a line of bruises? anything to worry about?
Infection?: Lymph nodes can enlarge in the neck in response to infection. However, if an upper respiratory infection goes away and there is still enlargement that persists, it should be evaluated by a doctor. Infrequently, enlarged lymph nodes can be related to lymphoma, a type of cancer. ...Read more
I have swollen lymph nodes on the side of my neck and behind ear. Some of them hurt. I have had them for a month. Is this serious?
Likely benign, but: The neck is a very common place for mild lymph node enlargements. We do about 5-6 lymph node biopsies a day-from the neck-and most of them are benign. However if rapid growth is noted, or if bigger than 3cm, or if other symptoms develop you need to have it checked. The most common cause of enlarged lymph nodes in the neck are a viral illness, a dental infection, skin infection and "other". ...Read more
On neck behind ear 3 sore pea size lumps (swln lymph nodes?) popped up today & keep growing. The top one hurts the most. Shld I see dr or wait it out?
See a physician: sounds like posterior occipital lymphadenothpy ( a swelling of lymph nodes around the posterior ear and base of the skull): must be seen and evaluated. ...Read more
Daughter just found bony bump behind ear. Hard smaller then a bb. Pcp says no lymph nodes thinks cartilage. bone spur? No xrays done. I'm worried??
Not sure: Since it is smaller than a BB it is probably nothing to worry about. X rays are not likely to show much in this area. Just keep an eye on it and if it should start getting larger, then ask again for an evaluation. Meanwhile, ask her not to rub or mess with it (or you either!) Just check once a week or so. ...Read more
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