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I have had some swelling and behind and below my earlobe. And some in front. It will get smaller overnight and after I eat it gets larger. no pain?

I have had some swelling and behind and below my earlobe. And some in front. It will get smaller overnight and after I eat it gets larger. no pain?

ENT doctor can check: These symptoms suggest there is a blockage of the salivary duct that empties saliva from one of the saliva glands. There could be a salivary "stone" or something else blocking the duct. The swelling is the buildup of saliva behind the blockage. A visit to the Ear Nose Throat doctor can help figure out and get rid of the problem. ...Read more

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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more


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How is chronic parotitis treated? I am a 50 year old woman in good health with the exception of migraines.I have a swelling/mass directly in front of my earlobe at my jawline. It's about the size of a large pecan and is firm, but not hard. It is usually p

How is chronic parotitis treated? I am a 50 year old woman in good health with the exception of migraines.I have a swelling/mass directly in front of my earlobe at my jawline. It's about the size of a large pecan and is firm, but not hard. It is usually p

Visit an ENT: There are nerves located in the proximity of your parotid glands. Impingement could be causing ur headaches. Please visit ur doctor for an evaluation. Treatment can vary from observation to drainage to removal depending on diagnosis. Good luck and be well. ...Read more

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My gland is swollen right where my jaw and neck meet, right under my earlobe. My ears have also been swelling. What is going on?

My gland is swollen right where my jaw and neck meet, right under my earlobe. My ears have also been swelling. What is going on?

Maybe Parotitis: The parotid glands are the saliva-producing glands. Parotitis is an inflammation of one or both parotid glands. There are a number of causes including infection (both bacterial and viral), autoimmune (sjogren syndrome), obstructing stone or other causes of blockage, as well as sarcoidosis among many other less common causes. You need to see your physician. ...Read more

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What causes a recurring swelling on top of the bone behind your bottom earlob? This happens every couple of months and rotates sides...

What causes a recurring swelling on top of the bone behind your bottom earlob? This happens every couple of months and rotates sides...

Swelling behind ear: The most common swelling right behind the ear over the mastoid bone is some kind of cyst. Sebaceous cysts are common. Another swelling could be an enlarged lymph node as a reaction to some prior infection in this area. Both of these can fluctuate in size from month to month. Lymph nodes feel firmer, solid and tend to get smaller over time. Cysts feel softer, compressible and get larger over time. ...Read more