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TMJ, forgot to wear my night guard. Woke up with headache, and painful swollen lymph node behind ear. Related to TMJ or is it all seperate?

TMJ, forgot to wear my night guard.  Woke up with headache,  and painful swollen lymph node behind ear.  Related to TMJ or is it all seperate?

Pain/swelling: May be 2separate issues. Swollen node behind ear may not be associated with TMJ. Wear your splint as much as possible, take OTC pain meds. If not getting better in 12-24 hours, call the Dentist who made the splint. ...Read more

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Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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Enlarged Lymph Nodes (Definition)

Enlarged lymph nodes are a clinical finding in which the lymph nodes, which are parts of the immune system, are bigger than in a normal, healthy person. This can be caused by infections, cancers, ...Read more


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2 swollen lymph nodes behind ear. Extremely tired, itchy little bumps and a line of bruises? anything to worry about?

2 swollen lymph nodes behind ear. Extremely tired, itchy little bumps and a line of bruises? anything to worry about?

German measles: Or rubella is a possibility. Would recommend checking in with your doctor since the rash is something that will have to be actually seen, Otherwise, your symptoms are suggesting a viral illness. ...Read more

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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?

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

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I have two swollen lymph nodes behind the ears. 1 just developed in a matter of hours and it's painful. Help!

I have two swollen lymph nodes behind the ears. 1 just developed in a matter of hours and it's painful. Help!

Lymph nodes in these: Areas carry lymph from the scalp and ears. Since it is on both sides, assuming that your ears are ok, check your scalp. If you have psoriasis, eczema or lesions on your scalp, or a reaction to a shampoo it could cause this. If you are having an ear problem see an ENT or your family doctor. For a scalp or skin problem see a dermatologist or your family doctor. ...Read more

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Have a whole line of swollen painful occipital lymph nodes.. behind my ear in the hairline and down my neck ? Neck is very painful?

 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

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How do I treat swollen lymph nodes behind both ears?

How do I treat swollen lymph nodes behind both ears?

Find the cause.: Swollen lymph nodes are reactions to illness or disease, and determining the underlying cause requires physical examination and some tests. See your doctor; this is probably nothing major but it requires checking. ...Read more

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My 8 month child has several swollen lymph nodes behind both ears. What can cause them?

My 8 month child has several swollen lymph nodes behind both ears.  What can cause them?

Infections: The lymph nodes behind the ears and on the back of the neck are part of the huge system of infection-fighting 'lymph'. Each group of nodes (lumps) relates to specific areas of the body, so swelling behind the ears could be related to ear infection, scalp infection or irritation, and upper respiratory infections. Even after the infection is cleared, the lumps can remain for days to weeks. ...Read more

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I have two swollen lymph nodes behind my ears, I have no other symptoms. Size fluctuates. Why do I have them?

I have two swollen lymph nodes behind my ears, I have no other symptoms. Size fluctuates. Why do I have them?

Lymph Nodes: Lymph vessels route the fluid through nodes that are located throughout the body. Lymph nodes are small structures that work as filters for harmful substances. They contain immune cells that can attack and destroy germs in the lymph fluid to help fight infection.Swollen lymph nodes are usually do to an exposure to a bacteria or virus. Hope this helped :]. ...Read more

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Is there anything that can cause sore swollen lymph nodes behind both ears?

Is there anything that can cause sore swollen lymph nodes behind both ears?

Monitoring System: The lymphatic system absorbs and carries things too big to go into the arteries and veins like bacteria eaten by white cells and digested food. The lymph nodes "taste" the lymph to see if anything bad is there like bacteria, viruses, cancers, etc. When it detects a problem, it alerts the immune system and your body reacts. They enlarge in response to the inflammation they create when they react. ...Read more

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Painful swollen lymph nodes near ear and jaw. Sudden onset not sick side of face swollen and tender wait it out or seek care now?

Painful swollen lymph nodes near ear and jaw.  Sudden onset not sick side of face swollen and tender wait it out or seek care now?

Seek care now: It is best to be seen soon in situations like this. This could be an infection that requires antibiotics and it is best to get it diagnosed soon. Your primary care physician or other general practitioner should be able to get the right diagnosis. All the best, ariel. ...Read more

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Im having serious arm pain. Im wondering if it could have anything to do with the swollen lymph nodes behind my ear?

Im having serious arm pain. Im wondering if it could have anything to do with the swollen lymph nodes behind my ear?

Doubt it: The lymph nodes behind your ear drain from the tissues of the ear and scalp in general. The lymph nodes of the arm pit drain the breast, chest, arm, and thorax areas. I do not see a connection between the arm pain and the lymph nodes behind the ear. ...Read more

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What to do if I have two small slightly hard bumps behind my left ear. Are these swollen lymph nodes?

Monitoring Centers: Lymphatic system absorbs/carries things too big to go into the arteries/veins like bacteria eaten by white cells and digested food. Lymph nodes "taste" the lymph for anything bad like bacteria/viruses/cancers, etc. When it detects a problem, it alerts the immune system and your body reacts. They enlarge in response to the inflammation they create when they react. They shrink when all is well. ...Read more

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I have lumps behind my ears. Big swollen hard lumps. Could it be swollen lymph nodes? What could cause this?

I have lumps behind my ears. Big swollen hard lumps. Could it be swollen lymph nodes? What could cause this?

Lumps-Head and Neck: Many possibilities- lymph nodes are among them, but so are skin lesions, cysts, salivary tumors and more unusual things like angiolymphoid hyperplasia with eosinophilia. Correlation with other symptoms, duration, pain, mobility could help narrow the dx. A fine needle biopsy might be needed if no obviously benign cause is found clinically. ...Read more

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I have a swollen lymph nodes below ear but it is not painful i had biten by the cat 2 weeks before i recognized. i was injected by anti rabies.

I have a swollen lymph nodes below ear but it is not painful i had biten by the cat 2 weeks before i recognized.  i was injected by anti rabies.

Cat-scratch disease: Bartonella henselae is the causative agent of this disease, but the lymph nodes are almost always tender and fever is not uncommon. This needs to be examined by a doctor to make certain that nothing else is causing the lymphadenopathy. ...Read more