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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
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
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
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
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
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 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
I have a "swollen lymph node" behind right ear for about 3 wks. Saw dr who said its immovable and hard and referred me to ENT. Should I be concerned?
Cervical lymph node : It is true that an immobile cervical lymph node should be checked by an ENT specialist. You are doing the right thing and should not worry until after the specialist takes a look. If you are a smoker use this as an opportunity to decide to quit. ...Read more
I've had a swollen lymph node behind my ear for years. Now it is getting larger. I have found 3 more on my other eye and on the back of my neck. When?
Lymph nodes enlarged: Any weight loss or night sweats. Are you a smoker. Enlarged lymph nodes in short term may be due to an infection. However if getting enlarged and increased in number MUST be investigated. An excision biopsy can answer many questions. See a good ENT (EAR NOSE AND THROAT) doctor. Chronic infection, sinuses or inner ear etc? CT of head and neck and or panendoscopy by ENT also may be needed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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