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Size Lump Behind Ear
Not certain: It sounds like there is a fluid collection in the skin behind the ear. Questions to ask yourself: is this soft? Does it move when you touch it? Is it painful or red? Have you had any surgery in this region? There is a natural " lump" behind the ear that is called the mastoid process. This can have an infection and if there is surrounding fluid this may be the fluid lump rthat you see. See your dr. ...Read more
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
Probable node: Could be a lymph node or salivary gland tumor pushing the ear forward. If there is fever, tenderness pain and swelling behind the ear, hearing loss, ear drainage i would be concerned about infection in the mastoid bone which needs urgent assessment. If these latter symptoms then needs urgent attention. If not and the bump persists>2-3 weeks then see ent. ...Read more
YES,: IF THE FLUID IS INFECTION LYMPH NODES WILL ENLARGE ...Read more
Lymph node: Posterior auricular lymph nodes are often enlarged behind the ears of infants as a result of cradle cap, scratches to the scalp or infections of the external ear canal. The mastoid process is a normal bony structure of the skull which is behind, and slightly below the ear. Lymph nodes are generally rubbery in texture and somewhat motile, while the mastoid is larger, hard, and non-mobile. ...Read more
Soft pea size red painful lump behind right ear and feels like its dripping , also a swollen lymph node below the ear near jawline. What to do ?
I've had swollen lymph node on right side of neck-pea size, harder node behind right ear and hard lump-large marble-base of skull for 1yr.Comp?Cancer?
Mastoid process v LN: It's possible you're feeling your own mastoid process -which is a normal boney nodule right behind the ear. Check both sides of your head to see if it's symmetrical -if so, that's what it is. If these are 'asymmetric' findings you should have a physical exam by a doctor who can explain these findings. I would want to know more about your medical condition and risks for cancer, so schedule w/ an MD ...Read more
Ear pain/fullness vertigo.small pea size bump behind ear not painful. Infection? Allergies? What is this?
Allergies: You may have allergies.The mucus produced has gone into your middle ear giving you fullness and vertigo as well as pain.theseelling about yourear represents a small reactive lymph node. Try taking antihistamines like claritin, (loratadine) Allegra orxyrtec ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Lump behind ear: Most lumps behind the ear are either an enlarged lymph node, possibly infected (if it is tender) or a sebaceous cyst (a sac of cheesy smelling oil and fat), which can be tender as it enlarges. Mastoiditis does cause tenderness directly behind the ear, but is not usually associated with a lump except in severely advanced, untreated stages, which is unlikely. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Having ear fullness. Also feels like lymph node behind my earlobe next to jaw is swollen. Ear infection?
Need exam: Can't tell from here. You need to see a doctor as this could be a problem needing attention. ...Read more
19 month old son has marble sized lump behind ear and two smaller ones on back of head all feel fixed and quite hard no other symptoms but im worried?
Lymph node: There are many lymph nodes in the neck and back of the head that are often more noticeable because they are located where our fat pads don't hide them. If you feel around you should find several the size of a pea ; sometimes bigger.They can increase to the size of a big peanut if stimulated by local factors, illness or vaccines.I would just monitor it or have doc see it during regular visit. ...Read more
Found a finger tip sized lump behind ear (not in fold but more on the side of head) 3 weeks ago. Was not painful but now is. Very firm, bony like?
Reassurance: Its probably a cyst/lymphnode if it is on the bone probably the mastoid bone. If it is non painful you can observe it and see your doctor if there is more concern. ...Read more
I have an itchy red rash in + around both ears, has spread to hairline/neck, and now have small pea size lump behind ear, what could this be?
I have a hard pea sized lump behind my ear, i pushed it an white pus came out followed by bloody fluid, but the lump hasn't got smaller?
Cyst: Common sebaceous cysts in this area. May fill up, again with old skin and can get infected. Removal is possible. Start with a pimple in youth, blackhead, and just keep enlarging over time. If you can keep, it emptied it will stay the same for years without surgery. ...Read more
Fluid- filled and pea- sized lump behind the ear. It started as pimple that had a head and popped. I have irritated it yesterday and it's now a soft pea- sized lump where clear sticky fluid keeps coming out.
Lumps, bumps on Skin: This is where a picture is better than a thousand words. This sounds like a post infection cyst or scar forming in your skin. We call these sebaceous cysts...They can become bigger and infected. And, they can be removed. If the spot is changing, growing, or causing pain please let some good medical provider help you sort this out. ...Read more
I have a pea sized lump behind right ear at hairline and lump on back of neck right side. What could this be?
Cyst/node: The lesion behind the ear could be a sebaceous cyst (when sweat gland gets plugged & forms a cyst), the neck could also be a cyst but enlarged lymph node (may be indicative of underlying inflammation/infection) needs to be considered also. Would recommend evaluation with a Physician. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hi I have had a hard, pea sized lump behind my ear on the bone for about 15 years, it has never hurt me or increased in size... Is it serious?
I have pain in my upper right arm when I move it up or back for about 6 weeks now.Last wk plum size lump behind rgt ear.Poss .Gland.Much reduced now?
Lump behind ear: Time to call your doctor to report and be examined. To many possibilities and you should not ignore your symptoms. ...Read more
Pea sized lump behind right ear sometimes tender no other symptoms what could it be, could it be cancer, had this lump for a few days?
Small, soft to touch pea sized lump on mastoid bone behind ear, been present for a couple of years now, mobile and painless. Anything to worry about?
Lymph node: Probably nothing of concern. The differential diagnosis generally would be a reactive lymph node versus an epidermal inclusion cyst. This could be removed to be sure however with growth or changes. An Otolaryngologist would be able to determine this readily on physical exam. ...Read more
I have a small quater size lump behind my ear with pain going down my neck and causing left eye pain with headache. I had ringing in my ear?
Get an exam: There is no way to help you with this w/out your being there. It may be a minor thing or quite a complicated issue. Be examined and find out. Only then can you begin treatment and make decisions about what to do. I hope it's a small thing and if not, that it's addressed well. Best! ...Read more
I have a small sized lump behind my ear that has grown over night. Hurts when I touch it. Nose is stuffy & throat hurts. I am 25 weeks pregnant also. ?
Hi, I have a really hard pea-sized lump behind my left ear. It's been there for over a week. Should I be worried?
Considerations: Is it tender or have you had someone else look at it?Is the skin around it red or is there a "whitehead"?Otherwise if no pain or redness,fever, consider an enlarged lymph node which could be sign of infection somewhere else in the head region or just incidentally enlarged with no significant problems.Have someone,or your doc,take a look at it to make sure it's not an infection. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I have a small pea sized lump behind my r ear that appeared on friday it hurts when I touch it I have a headache and body aches also?
I have a marble sized lump behind my right ear that is warm and my neck and back are extremely tense and painful. What do you think this could be?
Might need doctor: A warm lump can be an infected cyst, especially if there is some red color to the skin. More warm, more tender, and more red mean to get to the doctor sooner. ...Read more
Hi, I have a small pea sized lump behind my left ear, it started off as a spot and gained a head ect but when the swelling subsided a lump remained. ?
I've just discovered a small pea sized lump behind my right ear on the bone. It is slightly raised but not painful .Is this dangerous ?
Lump behind ear: This pea-sized lump behind your ear on the bone is likely an enlarged lymph node. They are typically somewhat mobile and are not painful. It is not dangerous, but can be concerning if it continues to grow, becomes painful, or the skin over the lump begins to break down. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My three year old has a golf ball sized lump behind his right ear...More on the bone area. Didnt wake up with it and it just appeared.
See below: If this just arose quickly, get seen asap for evaluation of a possible serious infection! ...Read more
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
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