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Soft 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
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
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
Infection: An abscessed tooth is a badly infected tooth. Infection may be spreading to, and causing swelling of, lymph nodes. The best way to rx this problem is to eliminate the abscess through root canal rx (preferable) or extraction. Please see your dentist now before infection spreads farther. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 ?
See your doctor: 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
Postauricular crease inflated/swollen Ear pushed outward—Inflamed pimple in ear for 4 days—What causes the soft inflated feeling behind ear?infected?
YES,: IF THE FLUID IS INFECTION LYMPH NODES WILL ENLARGE ...Read more
Mastoiditis: Pain behind the ear associated with ear infections can be due to an inflamed lymph node. A more concerning scenario is mastoiditis, an infection of a bony part of the skull. This is usually accompanied by fever, tenderness and displacement of the pinna (pushed forward) and requires immediate medical intervention. ...Read more
Having ear fullness. Also feels like lymph node behind my earlobe next to jaw is swollen. Ear infection?
Probably: Probably enlarged lymph node.Get a more detailed 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