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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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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

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Why does my ear lobe have a hard lump?

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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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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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

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I have a pin head sized lump on my left ear lobe, I have tried massaging it for over a year, if hasn't disappeared and is not visible.

I have a pin head sized lump on my left ear lobe, I have tried massaging it for over a year, if hasn't disappeared and is not visible.

Lump: Your lump may be a cyst. They are not dangerous and if it doesn't bother you, it can be left alone. However if it becomes painful or becomes enlarged, removal of the lesion should resolve your symptoms. ...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?

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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Lump on face near ear lobe, moves slightly, rash behind ear, hurts a bit when touched..Is this serious?

Lump on face near ear lobe, moves slightly, rash behind ear, hurts a bit when touched..Is this serious?

Reactive node: The lump is most likely a reactive lymph node that tends to enlarge from pea sized to bean sized when stimulated by such things as skin rashes/bug bites/viruses &the like. They usually stay enlarged while stimulated &recede when not.Takes 3-4 weeks to settle down. Your doc can confirm this. ...Read more

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Small lump in ear lobe, ball like, next to pierced ear. hurts alittle bit when pressed? seems to in reds in size as well.

Small lump in ear lobe, ball like, next to pierced ear. hurts alittle bit when pressed? seems to in reds in size as well.

Piercing infection: Sounds like the piercing got infected. Remove the earring (you can re-pierce it later if the piercing closes up). If you can gently express any pus from the area through the piercing hole, that will help it heal. You can use a warm compress to help get the pus out and for comfort. If it doesn't clear up in a few days, or starts looking worse, you may need antibiotics. ...Read more

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There's a a little lump on my pierced ear lobe on the back what is this? And when i put in a earring yellow stuff comes out

There's a a little lump on my pierced ear lobe on the back  what is this? And when i put in a earring yellow stuff comes out

Ear lobe yellow stuf: Sounds like an infection. Better go see your primary care doc about this. May need to see an ENT for lancing and antibiotics ...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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Lump directly behind left ear lobe. Itches and full of pus. Popped it 5 times, but is back the next day. Sometimes hard, sometimes squishy.

Lump directly behind left ear lobe. Itches and full of pus. Popped it 5 times, but is back the next day. Sometimes hard, sometimes squishy.

Cyst or lymph node: Either you have a lymph node or more likely an infected sebaceous cyst. Once it pops it will continue to pop. You can try warm compress and meticulous cleaning but it will recur soon or years later. Treatment for the cyst requires cutting it out. It can be done in the office. A general surgeon will have experience with this also plastics and ENT. ...Read more

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On the right side of face noticed a lump near the bottom of ear lobe . When i open my mouth the lump is not felt. But when mouth lump moveable.?

On the right side of face noticed a lump near the bottom of ear lobe . When i open my mouth the lump is not felt. But when mouth lump moveable.?

? Lymph node: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without taking additional history, and physical examination, however your description suggests an enlarged lymphnode. It may be due to an infection in your mouth or on the scalp. You may watch and wait. You may feel the node every couple of weeks, if the lymph gland doubles in size, becomes painful, ulcerates, or other nodes become enlarged, or you develop fever, you should see a doctor. ...Read more

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Lump behind my right ear lobe, been there for around a month now.. It has shrunken in size I'm pretty sure. I'm 17, Scared to visit the doctors, help!

Lymph node: Most likely. You have multiple little lymph nodes behind your ear down your neck, below your hairline, really all over your body. They sometimes get a little bigger when you get any kind of infection, cold, earache, sore throat. They can take awhile to go away, long after the cold is over. They become concerning when large, hard, red, painful etc. sounds like yours is resolving. ...Read more

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I have a lump that dropped into my jaw just under my right jaw right below right below right ear lobe what could this be.  i have had this happen once?

Likely a lymph node: If it presented pretty rapidly, likely a lymph node- normal structure involved in response to local inflammation or infection. Hard to tell by your description, but could also be an inflamed salivary gland. There are several other possibilities which are less likely. ...Read more

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I have a small lump in front of my left ear lobe.I've had it for two days and doesn't seem to be a pimple and only hurts when touched.What could it be?

I have a small lump in front of my left ear lobe.I've had it for two days and doesn't seem to be a pimple and only hurts when touched.What could it be?

Bump: that is probably you anterior auricular lymph node. Enlarged because of a zit on your face or scalp close by. Should go away by itself once the offending are clears. ...Read more

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Tender lump in crease behind ear right where the lobe connects to cartilage. Is there a node there? Or more likely a cyst?

Tender lump in crease behind ear right where the lobe connects to cartilage. Is there a node there? Or more likely a cyst?

Sebaceous cyst: This is the most common lesion at that location. It may require surgical excision if it gets infected or enlarges. ...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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It very sore under my ear lobe when I press it, but doesn't feel swollen or any lumps. only hurts when I press it. what could this be?

It very sore under my ear lobe when I press it, but doesn't feel swollen or any lumps. only hurts when I press it. what could this be?

Jaw: Hello Scott944, Behind your earlobe are bones. If you are pushing near the lower part of your earlobe you may be pressing on your jaw. If your symptoms worsen or if you have pain with eating or have a hard time opening your mouth please see your health provider as these may be symptoms of TMJ. Regards, Dr. Cacho ...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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I have a small, pea sized hard lump behind my ear lobe. Could it be a swollen gland or a cyst?

I have a small, pea sized hard lump behind my ear lobe. Could it be a swollen gland or a cyst?

Either, or: Could be a swollen gland or cyst. Most likely diagnosis is reactive lymph. Should resolve soon. If not, see an ENT doc for exam. ...Read more