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I have a swollen lymph node behind my left ear. Very painful. It has been about 2 days. What could be causing it?

I have a swollen lymph node behind my left ear. Very painful. It has been about 2 days. What could be causing it?

Swollen Gland: Swollen glands usually represent an infection. If you do not know where you are having an infection it may be time to be seen by your physician. ...Read more

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Over the last day I have found a swollen lymph node behind my left ear, it is painless. What could it stem from? Is it cancer?

Over the last day I have found a swollen lymph node behind my left ear, it is painless. What could it stem from? Is it cancer?

Reactive process: A reaction to a skin infection would be the most common reason for an enlarged node. Most doctors would place you on antibiotics for a couple weeks. If the node persists an fna (fine needle aspirate) can be obtained so that a pathologist could review the cells involved in this process. See your doctor. ...Read more

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Hello! I have had a swollen lymph node behind my left ear since I was 19, literally ten years now! I do not have any chronic medical problems, aside from scoliosis that I'm seeing a chiropractor for. My pcp simply said one time "I don't worry about them u

Hello! I have had a swollen lymph node behind my left ear since I was 19, literally ten years now! I do not have any chronic medical problems, aside from scoliosis that I'm seeing a chiropractor for. My pcp simply said one time "I don't worry about them u

This is a common-: -place for a node to always be there. Funny you should ask, when I was in med school we had a poker club & 1 nite I felt a node behind my right ear & thought I had something serious, but I'm still here & so is the node. Studying medicine you can imagine the diseases that I thought I had. Don't worry, it's a normal place for a node 2 B there, was there before you felt it & will always B there. ...Read more

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Have a swollen lymph node behind my left ear for 3 years now. It stays the same size had blood work and CT scans, not on any medications. Have ibs?

Have a swollen lymph node behind my left ear for 3 years now. It stays the same size had blood work and CT scans, not on any medications. Have ibs?

Lymph node: It is behaving like a benign lymph node and active surveillance is reasonable. If you want peace of mind and eliminate the risk of malignancy, than an excisional biopsy by a general surgeon should be done. ...Read more

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A lump show up behind my left ear in the crease, just before the ear lobe starts, is this a swollen lymph node and should I see a doctor?

A lump show up behind my left ear in the crease, just before the ear lobe starts, is this a swollen lymph node and should I see a doctor?

Possibly: May be any number of things, including a sebaceous cyst, node, folliculitis, etc.
Not a bad idea to have it checked out if it doesn't go away on its own. ...Read more

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What causes swollen lymph node behind the ear?

What causes swollen lymph node behind the ear?

Ear problem: If you have any trauma/cut/irritation/infection/inflammation around that ear- perhaps around the ear lobe, ear canals- you can have enlargement of the lymph node behind the ear. Systemic dusease like viral infection can also cause swollen lymph gland on the area. ...Read more

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What can cause swollen lymph node behind the ear?

What can cause swollen lymph node behind the ear?

A few things: Generally speaking, infection or inflammation cause swollen lymph nodes. In response to an infection, the lymph nodes increase production of immune cells to fight the infection, increasing their size and creating some tenderness in the process. Some certain types of cancers can also cause similar swelling. Simple blood tests can evaluate these possibilities, but the vast majority are not cancer. ...Read more

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I noticed 3 raised small lumps (like size of pea) near my left ear. I'm worried it's swollen lymph node. I had a raised pea-lump on bottom chin before?

I noticed 3 raised small lumps (like size of pea) near my left ear. I'm worried it's swollen lymph node. I had a raised pea-lump on bottom chin before?

Cannot diagnose: Without an exam and the ability to see these lesions cannot tell what they are. If lymph nodes, they are probably doing what they are supposed to, cleaning up inflammation. See your local pcp if these continue or get larger. ...Read more

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I feel tender pain just below my left ear lobe. Could it be for swollen lymph node. However there are no signs or rashes in that particular area.

I feel tender pain just below my left ear lobe. Could it be for swollen lymph node. However there are no signs or rashes in that particular area.

Possible lymph node: Yes it could be a lymph node that is swollen or even a small sebaceous cyst. If it does not resolve on its own you should get it checked out. ...Read more

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I had a sore lump under my left ear lobe a Dr. Said swollen lymph node. It went away but came back and grew rapidly while eating chew/swallow worsen?

I had a sore lump under my left ear lobe a Dr. Said swollen lymph node. It went away but came back and grew rapidly while eating chew/swallow worsen?

Salivary gland: The swelling you describe sounds more like swelling of the salivary gland called parotid gland.
It may infected or its ducts may be obstructed with stone, See an ENT. ...Read more

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What to do if I have two small slightly hard bumps behind my left ear. Are these swollen lymph nodes?

What to do if I have two small slightly hard bumps behind my left ear. Are these swollen lymph nodes?

Monitoring Centers: Lymphatic system absorbs/carries things too big to go into the arteries/veins like bacteria eaten by white cells and digested food. Lymph nodes "taste" the lymph for anything bad like bacteria/viruses/cancers, etc. When it detects a problem, it alerts the immune system and your body reacts. They enlarge in response to the inflammation they create when they react. They shrink when all is well. ...Read more

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Can chikenpox cause a swollen lymph node behind ear?

Can chikenpox cause a swollen lymph node behind ear?

Yes: If there are pox on the face and head, lymph nodes behind ears will get swollen as they fight the infection. Watch for a tender node, red overlying a node, as they can require antibiotics in a complicating infection. Feel better soon! ...Read more

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I noticed a really small painless swollen lymph node behind my ear&few days ago I noticed a painless small swollen lymph note behind my head. Worry?

I noticed a really small painless swollen lymph node behind my ear&few days ago I noticed a painless small swollen lymph note behind my head. Worry?

Watch and wait: There is no need to worry. You may feel the node every couple of weeks, if the lymph gland doubles in size, becomes painful, ulcerates, or other nodes become enlarged, or you develop fever, or lose weight, you should see a doctor.
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Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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I've had a swollen lymph node behind my right ear for 13 months. It is hard. Randomly, it gets bigger and then goes back to size. Haven't been sick. Why?

I've had a swollen lymph node behind my right ear for 13 months. It is hard. Randomly, it gets bigger and then goes back to size. Haven't been sick. Why?

Lump behind ear: Could mean a lot of things. Would first have your doctor check out your ears, nose and throat for possible ear or sinus/throat infection. It might not even be a node. Other considerations are cysts, sterile abscess or lipoma, benign or malignant tumors can also present like this. A doctor should be able to make that distinction by proper physical exam and order further testing as needed. ...Read more

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I've had a swollen lymph node behind my right ear for 11 months now. It still hasn't gone away. Randomly it gets bigger but then goes back to size. Why?

I've had a swollen lymph node behind my right ear for 11 months now. It still hasn't gone away. Randomly it gets bigger but then goes back to size. Why?

I may: Represent infection in the ear, or the scalp. A painful node is usually an infected node. Some manage by "empiric" antibiotics, but a careful exam for source, possible aspiration for culture may yield results. Stabe nodes can be biopsied or removed but chance of finding lymphoma or cancer as quite improbable. ...Read more

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I have a swollen lymph node behind my ear that is painful and has happened before.?

I have a swollen lymph node behind my ear that is painful and has happened before.?

Enlarged lymph node: This can be reactive, due to an infection or healing from a scratch or bite on your head, which is most common. If your bump is tender, painful or persists for more than a couple weeks, you should see your healthcare provider. ...Read more

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Can a sew in weave cause you to have a swollen lymph node behind ear.

Can a sew in weave cause you to have a swollen lymph node behind ear.

Yes: Lymph nodes can enlarge to inflammation, infection and even cancer in the near vicinity. A sew in weave can cause an immune response, thus leading to lymph node swelling. If you have any signs or symptoms of infection such as fever or redness, pain and swelling at the weave site you should see a doctor soon. ...Read more

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Swollen lymph node behind ear around 1cm size. A bit hurts when pressed. No other symptoms. What is it?

Swollen lymph node behind ear around 1cm size. A bit hurts when pressed. No other symptoms. What is it?

Scalp issue?: Lymph nodes in the neck ofter get enlarged due to issue with the scalp, e.g., dandruff. Wash your scalp daily with any shampoo. Check your node every couple of weeks, not more frequently. If it doubles in size or other nodes get enlarged, see a doctor, otherwise watchful waiting is appropriate. ...Read more

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I have a swollen lymph node behind my ear. What can I do to get it to go away/reduce the pain?

Infection: Lymph nodes swell when they are fighting off an infection. You need to identify and treat the underlying infection and the node should go down. See your doctor for help finding the infection and treating it. Hope you feel better soon. ...Read more

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I have a swollen lymph node behind my ear I am not on any medication and am feeling very well is this normal?

I have a swollen lymph node behind my ear I am not on any medication and am feeling very well is this normal?

Get it checked: While having an enlarged lymph node without other symptoms is not entirely uncommon, it is hard to say whether your case is benign or caused by something else without getting a full history and performing an exam on you. This would include recent history of illness, insect or animal bites, recent vaccinations, and an examination for other enlarged nodes or signs of infection. See your doc! ...Read more

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Have swollen lymph node behind ear when touched it feels like there's a hard ball in there not on any meds feeling well just got high prolactin levels?

Have swollen lymph node behind ear when touched it feels like there's a hard ball in there not on any meds feeling well just got high prolactin levels?

Location issue: If you are talking about right behind ear, there usually aren't major lymph node chains hanging out unless it is more in the neck region. Something that may feel like lymph node in the area may be blocked duct/follicle. Not sure if this has anything to do with high prolactin levels but this would not be typical. You can try warm compress as if this is a blocked follicle, may help. ...Read more

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I've been having a lot of sinus drainage and I've never had a swollen lymph node behind my ear from what I know. Can this cause this to happen?

I've been having a lot of sinus drainage and I've never had a swollen lymph node behind my ear from what I know. Can this cause this to happen?

Monitoring Centers: Lymphatic system absorbs/carries things too big to go into the arteries/veins like bacteria eaten by white cells and digested food. Lymph nodes "taste" the lymph for anything bad like bacteria/viruses/cancers, etc. When it detects a problem, it alerts the immune system and your body reacts. They enlarge in response to the inflammation they create when they react. They shrink when all is well. ...Read more

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I have had a swollen lymph node behind my ear for my entire life. It is not painful and doesn't grow should I tell my doctor?

I have had a swollen lymph node behind my ear for my entire life. It is not painful and doesn't grow should I tell my doctor?

Yes: Always good to show your doctor when examined so that it can be documented as to characteristics and size in case something changes. ...Read more

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I have a swollen lymph node behind my ear. Its been swollen for well over a year. Last night 2 holes opened up & started leaking puss?

I have a swollen lymph node behind my ear. Its been swollen for well over a year. Last night 2 holes opened up & started leaking puss?

Evaluation: This sounds like it is an infected cyst. You need to be seen today to have it drained and evaluated. You may also need antibiotics. Don't delay. ...Read more