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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?

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

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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?

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

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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?

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

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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.

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

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I have a pea sized lump behind right ear at hairline and lump on back of neck right side. What could this be?

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 more

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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?

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?

Unlikely bad: Something that hasn't changed in 15 years is very unlikely something bad.... But anything on the skin can turn into something. I recommend you show it to your doctor next visit. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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?

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?

Cancer not likely: A tender lump behind your ear is likely to be a boil or inflammed cyst of some type, not a cancer. You can treat it with warm compresses but if it does not resolve soon, you should see a physician or surgeon as it may require drainage or excision. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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?

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

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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. ?

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. ?

Many symptoms: Since this is now the weekend you are probably not likely to see your Gynecologist but see if they are working. If not available you must have someone get you to the nearest Emergency facility right now! ...Read more

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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?

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 more

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I have a pea-sized hard lump behind my ear, it's painless and immobile, decreases and increases in size, it's been there for at least 3 months.

Likely harmless: If the lump becomes painful, grows larger than 2cm in diameter or is affecting your hearing then you should seek medical attention. Otherwise, it is likely a lymph node. Lymph nodes commonly fluctuate in size and behind the ear is a very common location ...Read more

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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

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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 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