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Pain behind the ear and in upper jaw with swollen glands what causes this?

Pain behind the ear and in upper jaw with swollen glands what causes this?

Likely infection: Pain such as the one you are reporting can occur by a nearby infection such as sinusitis, sore throat, skin infection etc. If such complaints are experienced then one should definitely see their physician to be worked up the various causes. ...Read more

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Woke up w/swollen glands infront/behind my ears and directly under my jaw. I don't have any other symptoms or pain. Drank a lot the evening prior.

Woke up w/swollen glands infront/behind my ears and directly under my jaw. I don't have any other symptoms or pain. Drank a lot the evening prior.

Needs to be checked: It is not related to your drinking but swollen glands need to be checked. The glands can be enlarged due to infection or other causes. ...Read more

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I have excrutiating pain in my jaw in front of my ear and have swollen glands behind my ear and neck. The pain seems worse after eating. Could this be a parotid salivary gland blockage or cyst? I don't have a fever or any other symptoms and haven't had a

Sialadenitis: The history is indeed suspicious for parotid infection (parotitis) and/or stone in the parotid duct, but it is not clear exactly what is going on. Other possibilities include neck abscess or lymphadenitis. All of these are pretty high acuity problems that warrant prescription medication treatment. I would consider ENT evaluation, or see your primary. If it's bad, er evaluation is appropriate. ...Read more

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Hello docs. I was wondering can thyroiditis cause swollen glands and pain in the ears?

Hello docs. I was wondering can thyroiditis cause swollen glands and pain in the ears?

Possibly: Autoimmune thyroiditis (hashimoto's) can be associated with diffuse enlargement of lymph nodes, including those behind the ears. Other systemic symptoms may occur. ...Read more

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I have equally sized bumps behind both my ears. I'm wondering if they are swollen glands or just my mastoid bones?

I have equally sized bumps behind both my ears. I'm wondering if they are swollen glands or just my mastoid bones?

Bones.: Everyone has non-movable very hard bumps behind the ears. Swollen glands move around within the skin, over the bone. They are soft and usually smaller than 1cm in size. ...Read more

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Reoccuring infections in body, everyday a new problem, post nasal dip from 10 months and now swollen glands behind ear. Please suggest?

Reoccuring infections in body, everyday a new problem, post nasal dip from 10 months and now swollen glands behind ear. Please suggest?

Anxity can only harm: Human body is pretty strong and is rarely affected by frequent infections....yet you can get paranoid about it and become anxious in which case you will start imagining all sort of bad things. Just assume that your body is fairly healthy and will remain so, provided you quit worrying about minor things like postnasal drip which is often an imaginary ailment...nothing serious here. ...Read more

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My son is 15 months old and about 2 months ago he had roseola w/swollen glands behind ear they are still there and one in groin. Is this common?

My son is 15 months old and about 2 months ago he had roseola w/swollen glands behind ear they are still there and one in groin. Is this common?

Yes: The glands will always be there but will usually peak in size within a week of the infection and slowly decrease in size over a 3-4 wks. If another process stimulates them they may not shrink completely. I rarely have to do anything with glands in these locations. ...Read more

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My 3 yr old has a fever, swollen glands on neck and behind ears, stiff neck and is lethargic. What is the diagnosis?

My 3 yr old has a fever, swollen glands on neck and behind ears, stiff neck and is lethargic. What is the diagnosis?

Fever, swollenglands: The diagnosis will be made after the pediatrician sees him. There are several conditions that come to mind: strep throat with or without peritonsillar abscess, meningitis, cat scratch disease, mononucleosis to name a few. ...Read more

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Recurring swollen lump under left armpit. Painful not red. In last, had swollen glands behind ear for months at a time. Worried about cancer.?

Recurring swollen lump under left armpit. Painful not red. In last, had swollen glands behind ear for months at a time. Worried about cancer.?

Not likely for you: Your age argues against this being a cancer. It is suspicious for some kind of infection or inflammatory problem. Consider seeing a surgeon or dermatologist to discuss the possibility of hidradenitis. ...Read more

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My son 15mnth had ultrasound on mon & CBC test on tues for swollen glands behind ear & groin as of friday haven't heard back would we have if bad news?

My son 15mnth had ultrasound on mon & CBC test on tues for swollen glands behind ear & groin as of friday haven't heard back would we have if bad news?

Probably.: At this point in time, it would be fine to call your doctor's office on monday. Most likely, if there was a serious concern you would have been contacted by now, occaisionally things don't happen the way they should, so for your peace of mind it's appropriate to call on monday. However, if your child is still ill or getting worse, call now! ...Read more

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Ear pain and swollen glands under chin?

Ear pain and swollen glands under chin?

Be checked: It sounds like infection and you should be examined and managed as needed to help you get better. All the best. ...Read more

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Recovered from ear infec. Antibis worked. Worried abt 2 swollen glands just above collar b either side. Bloods clear. Could this be lymphoma?

Not Lymphoma: Not. Not at all. Swollen glands are supposed to be swollen when they are fighting off an infection. A healthy immune system has lymph nodes that swell. They are palpable. They are a sign of health not a sign of cancer! Once they swell they can take several weeks to resolve. ...Read more

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Swollen glands and tonsils, ear and neck pain. What does this sound like?

Swollen glands and tonsils, ear and neck pain. What does this sound like?

Tonsillitis: Tonsillitis is inflammation of the tonsils. Signs and symptoms of tonsillitis include swollen tonsils, sore throat, difficulty swallowing and tender lymph nodes on the sides of the neck (neck pain). See your pcp for examination and treatment. ...Read more

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Had swollen glands weeks ago had blood tests and sexual tests all back fine now I have a blocked nose and ears are blocked is there any relation?

Had swollen glands weeks ago had blood tests and sexual tests all back fine now I have a blocked nose and ears are blocked is there any relation?

May be: Sounds like you had an upper respiratory infection that leaded to temporary swollen lymph nodes. Your nasal congestion and ear fullness are related due to eustachian tube dysfunction. Allergic rhinitis is a common cause for persistent nasal congestion and ear blockage. See an ENT doctor. ...Read more

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Why have I got severe ear pain in my left ear & swollen glands in my neck on the same side? I smoke a pipe and drink in excess. I am a 53yr old man.

Why have I got severe ear pain in my left ear & swollen glands in my neck on the same side? I smoke a pipe and drink in excess. I am a 53yr old man.

Possibly cancer: I don't want to worry you, and I'm a cancer doctor, so I always think about cancer. But this is something you must have checked, and the sooner the better! Tobacco users are at risk for head and neck cancers, which can cause ear pain and swollen lymph nodes on the same side. It's also possible you have a viral infection. With cancer, the lymph nodes are often painless and hard. Get seen soon! ...Read more

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