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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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Swollen Glands (Definition)

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

I'm having serious arm pain. I'm 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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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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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 5 swollen lymph nodes! 3 behind my ears and 2 on the back of my neck. They're on my left side. What's going on?!

See a doctor: With that many enlarged lymph nodes you should see a doctor soon to let them find the cause. ...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

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Can you get swollen lymph nodes without lumps? Got a pain that comes and go behind my ears. Don't feel any lumps could this be swollen lymph nodes?

Can you get swollen lymph nodes without lumps? Got a pain that comes and go behind my ears. Don't feel any lumps could this be swollen lymph nodes?

Yes: Inflammed and swollen lymph nodes can be deep in the neck and difficult or impossible to feel. If you are concerned, you should see your physician for a careful exam. ...Read more

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I found a rock hard lump behind my ear today. It doesn't hurt, or itch. I have had a few swollen lymph nodes around my arms and legs lately. Related?

I found a rock hard lump behind my ear today. It doesn't hurt, or itch. I have had a few swollen lymph nodes around my arms and legs lately. Related?

Go to your Doctor: Hard lymph nodes are suspect. They should be checked by your doctor who may consider a biopsy and run other tests to find out the cause. Watch and see if the lymph nodes/or the hard mass is growing in size which makes them suspect for a more serious condition than otherwise. ...Read more

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Can you give me suggestion: I have really annoying swooshing sound in ear and swollen lymph nodes!?

Can you give me suggestion: I have really annoying swooshing sound in ear and swollen lymph nodes!?

Open eustachian tube: Possible eustachian tube disfunction, try antihistamines, decongestants or possibly nasal sprays if increased swelling and pain, get eveluation. ...Read more

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2 swollen lymph nodes below ear and a few other places and no other symptoms at all. Something to worry about? We are waiting for the blood results.

2 swollen lymph nodes below ear and a few other places and no other symptoms at all. Something to worry about? We are waiting for the blood results.

Catscratch disease?: Single or few, large, mildly painful lymphnode (s) is the most common presentation after the initial several small papules (zit-like) at the site-of-infection/innoculation, usually 1-3 wks later. Most of the cases resolve on their own without treatment in 2-12 month, but some have fever/fatigue, headache, anorexia, joint pain, and other rare/severe symptoms. Consult to make sure this is catscratch. ...Read more

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What can cause swollen lymph nodes between ear and jaw?

What can cause swollen lymph nodes between ear and jaw?

Parotid nodes: The major sites of node involvement in the H&N area are related to the jugular nodes. If not of primary lymphomatous origin the nodes are metastatic usually from thyroid or oral squamous lesions metastatic to neck. In the area between ear and jaw the parotid is a major structure with multiple nodes either metastatic from cutaneous regions or from a primary parotid lesion. Bx may be needed. ...Read more

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Swollen lymph nodes near ears and down jaw line with no other symptoms. Causes?

Swollen lymph nodes near ears and down jaw line with no other symptoms. Causes?

LAD DDx: The differential diagnosis (DDx) for lymphadenopathy is broad:
Lymphadenopathy (LAD) A-Z DDx -- see Table 3 -- http://www. Matheny. Info/files/Habermann_Mayo_Clin_Proc_2000_75_723.pdf ...Read more

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I have swollen lymph nodes between ear and jaw. How can I get the swelling down?

Go see a doctor: You need a medical examination to find the cause of swollen glands. Then your doctor can give you proper guidance and advice you about what to do next. ...Read more

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I keep getting swollen lymph nodes around my neck and ears. I have chronic sinus problems. What type of regimen should I be on?

Need a doctor visit: You would need to see either an allergist or ENT to be evaluated if you have chronic sinusitis and associated conditions. Enlarged cervical lymph nodes might relate to sinusisits. If it persist after sinus diseases are treated, a visit with a hematologist/oncologist might be needed. There are no effective otc regimen for those conditions. ...Read more