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I have a small hard lump in my earlobe that hurts when I touch it. Any ideas on what it is?

I have a small hard lump in my earlobe that hurts when I touch it. Any ideas on what it is?

Inclusion cyst: Usually this would be an inclusion cyst or normal ear cartilidge, if there is no skin involvement, ie bleeding or redness, it would be unusual for this to be something of concern ...Read more

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I have a lump in my earlobe, more like a small hard ball, there is no pain what can it be?

I have a lump in my earlobe, more like a small hard ball, there is no pain what can it be?

Cyst?: It is not uncommon to develop a cyst in the ear, scalp or neck. They are usually benign and do not cause a problem. Still to be sure you would have to have it excised and put under a microscope. If it bothers you, is painful, or begins to grow rapidly see a surgeon for removal ...Read more

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Have a hard lump the size of a small marble in my earlobe. Painful if you squeeze it n doesn't move. What could it possible be n should I tell my gp?

Have a hard lump the size of a small marble in my earlobe. Painful if you squeeze it n doesn't move. What could it possible be n should I tell my gp?

Epidermoid cyst?: If you have pierced ears and the area of the painful lump is close by, you could have epidermoid cyst. This is caused by implantation of epidermis (skin cells) into the dermis (below the skin level) during ear piercing. They can also be caused by a blocked pore adjacent to the piercing. Cysts can be removed by surgical excision if it is causing significant discomfort. ...Read more

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I have a small hard ball type lump under the skin on earlobe, you can feel it both sides it's extremely painful to touch/lean on. Had it 2+ weeks help?

I have a small hard ball type lump under the skin on earlobe, you can feel it both sides it's extremely painful to touch/lean on. Had it 2+ weeks help?

Infected Cyst: This is likely an infected inclusion cyst in your earlobe. It needs to be drained. Therefore you need to be seen by a physician to be treated. Do not try to pop it on your own. ...Read more

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Small painless hard lump behind ear lobe on neck about 4wks. Came when earlobe was infected. Lobe ok now but lump still there and remains same size.

Small painless hard lump behind ear lobe on neck about 4wks. Came when earlobe was infected. Lobe ok now but lump still there and remains same size.

Lymph node: Most likely a lymph node which was inflamed initially, could be something else as well, like a lipoma, cyst etc plz make sure with your doctor. ...Read more

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What to do if I discovered this small, hard lump behind my ear?

What to do if I discovered this small, hard lump behind my ear?

Need to see a doctor: It's not possible to tell you more about the bump behind your ear without any further information from you or examining the area in question. See your doctor, or try Healthtap Prime for further evaluation. ...Read more

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Small hard lump on top of right ear on the head what can it be no pain?

Small hard lump on top of right ear on the head what can it be no pain?

Ear Lump: This is hard to know unless it is seen and evaluated. Please see your FP or Dermatologist. ...Read more

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Small lump behind ear. Hard, not painful. Dr looked and said a cyst. Should I b worried? Hasn't gotten bigger or anything.

Small lump behind ear. Hard, not painful. Dr looked and said a cyst. Should I b worried? Hasn't gotten bigger or anything.

Sebaceous Cyst: Sounds like a sebaceous cyst. These are very common and of no cause to worry. Generally they do not require medical treatment unless they become unsightly, painful or infected. Treatment options include surgical excision. ...Read more

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A small lump on face near the right ear, its painless (when it press slight pain), earlier I have hard wax in side the ear and cleaned.?

See below: This is one of those problems where a visit to your doctor is necessary to figure out what's going on. Only after a thorough evaluation, including examination and possibly labs and other tests, can your doctor correctly diagnose you and treat you effectively. ...Read more

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I have a small hard lump behind my left ear that has been there for about two weeks and is slightly sensitive to touch. Should I be worried?

I have a small hard lump behind my left ear that has been there for about two weeks and is slightly sensitive to touch. Should I be worried?

Not yet: Often lumps behind the ear are enlarged lymph nodes. A visit to your family doctor can give you answers and possible treatment. It is always better to be safe than sorry, and your doctor is trained to identify lumps that are benign as well as those that are something more serious. ...Read more

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I have a small hard lump on the left side of my head, a little behind the ear. It's been there for a month now. I can flatten it too with pressure.

I have a small hard lump on the left side of my head, a little behind the ear. It's been there for a month now. I can flatten it too with pressure.

Sounds like you have: It sounds like you have a lesion on your mastoid process. Get this checked by your PCP or by an ENT. Something is causing this lesion, usually a pathogen. ...Read more

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My daughter is 20 months. I noticed today that there is a small hard lump behind her right ear. It doesn't hurt when I touch it. Should I be worried?

My daughter is 20 months. I noticed today that there is a small hard lump behind her right ear. It doesn't hurt when I touch it. Should I be worried?

Node enlargement: Occurs as a result of stimulation by the immune system, usually in response to a variety of infections. Enlarged lymph nodes behind the ears are usually caused by previous infection of the ear or scalp and are generally not significant health issues. ...Read more

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I just noticed a small lump behind my 1 yr old infant's ear. It's hard & painless without discoloration. What could it be? He had cellulitis 6 m ago.

I just noticed a small lump behind my 1 yr old infant's ear. It's hard & painless without discoloration. What could it be? He had cellulitis 6 m ago.

Very common: For lymph glands to swell up or enlarge when you get a cold or an infection. At times it takes much longer for it to resolve. As long as it is not getting bigger, tender, no fever and discoloration, let time take care of it. If anything change, with pain, redness, tender to touch or fever, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Small hard lump under right ear behind lower jaw. Have had it for at least 5 years now. What could cause this and what affordable ways could treat it?

Many things: It could be a cyst, tumor, swollen lymph node, etc.
Get a referral from your dr. For this to be biopsied, and removed properly.



The fact it's been there for 5 yr leads me to believe it is not too serious, but get it removed. ...Read more

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Two weeks ago I noticed a small pea sized lump above my right ear its now the size of a almond. Its hard and painless. Worried because of the growth?

Have it checked: I suggest having this skin lesion checked because of its growth. There is a good possibility that it is a cyst under your skin, but it is impossible to know until it is looked at. ...Read more

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I have a small hard fixed lump behind my left ear, about at my hair line. I went to my doctor about it and she said she doesn't feel it?

I have a small hard fixed lump behind my left ear, about at my hair line. I went to my doctor about it and she said she doesn't feel it?

A hard: Fixed "lump" which your doctor cannot feel may very well be a "bump" in your skull bone. Years ago these bumps were thought to represent certain illnesses (the practitioners who "read" these bumps were called PHRENOLOGISTS....google it!
Hope this helps!
Dr Z ...Read more

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I have a small hard lump behind my ear it's painful only when I press on it I'm 64years old with no medical Ins. Where can I go to see a doctor?

I have a small hard lump behind my ear it's painful only when I press on it I'm 64years old with no medical Ins. Where can I go to see a doctor?

Public health clinic: There are public health clinics, maybe not the very bast option, but better than no health care. ...Read more

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I have tmjd @ my left jaw and also a small hard lump in front of my left ear. Any relationship?

I have tmjd @ my left jaw and also a small hard lump in front of my left ear. Any relationship?

TMJ ; lump related?: Possibly. Might be a benign TMJ tumor. See a board certified oral ; maxillofacial surgeon. Your medical doc will know nothing about this problem. ...Read more

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I have a small hard lump behind my right ear. I have headaches nausea, and dizziness. It doesn't hurt to the touch... What is it?

Likely a lymph node: There are a number of lymph nodes scattered around the back of the head and neck where they are easily found. At rest they may be the size of a pea and when stimulated they are often bean sized or larget. Size often changes over weeks & often reflects bug bits, skin rashes or throat irritation, it is not likely related to headaches, nausea or dizziness. Your doc can confirm this. ...Read more

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I keep getting lumps behind my ears, they are small hard lumps I've had weeks at a time, now behind my other ear and I've had no infections, ideas?

I keep getting lumps behind my ears, they are small hard lumps I've had weeks at a time, now behind my other ear and I've had no infections, ideas?

Sebaceous cysts.: Most likely these are plugged oil glands in the lobe of the ear and in the skin behind the ears. This is a common condition. Warm compresses and observation is usually all that is needed and to leave them alone (no squeezing or picking at them). If they enlarge, they may have to be drained or they may drain spontaneously. They may require some antibiotics if infected. If in doubt, see your pcp. ...Read more

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Tender lump under ear (was a swollen lymph node and now feels more like a hard lump) and small lump (swollen lymph node?) by collarbone. Should I worry

Tender lump under ear (was a swollen lymph node and now feels more like a hard lump) and small lump (swollen lymph node?) by collarbone. Should I worry

Parotid tumor: Check with your pcp he might refer you to a surgeon, ent, or might order ct scan to identify the parotid gland and the lymph nodes enlargement. ...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