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What could be a bump behind the ear on your bone be from?

What could be a bump behind the ear on your bone be from?

If it is beneath..: The skin and can be moved around it is most likely a cyst or a lymph node. Congenital cysts are often seen in this area in babies and young children but can appear later in life as well. Lymph nodes in this area usually enlarge in response to a scalp lesion above or behind the ear, such as dandruff or a bug bite or scratch. ...Read more

Bone (Definition)

Bone is a living growing tissue made mostly of collagen (protein that provides soft framework) & the mineral calcium phosphate that adds strength & hardens the framework. Two types of bone are found in the body; cortical (dense compact outer layer) & trabecular (makes up inner layer, ...Read more


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Bone hard painful bump behind ear but on bone, what to do?

Bone hard painful bump behind ear but on bone, what to do?

Painful lump: A bone hard painful lump behind the ear could be due to an infection or a tumor. You need to be seen medically right away. ...Read more

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Daughter just found bony bump behind ear. Hard smaller than a bb. Pcp says no lymph nodes thinks cartilage. Bone spur? No xrays done. I'm worried??

Daughter just found bony bump behind ear.  Hard smaller than a bb.  Pcp says no lymph nodes thinks cartilage. Bone spur? No xrays done. I'm worried??

Not sure: Since it is smaller than a BB it is probably nothing to worry about. X-rays are not likely to show much in this area. Just keep an eye on it and if it should start getting larger, then ask again for an evaluation. Meanwhile, ask her not to rub or mess with it (or you either!) Just check once a week or so. ...Read more

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Hard painful lump behind ear on the bone. Only just noticed it. Cannot move it is fixed to the bone?

Hard painful lump behind ear on the bone. Only just noticed it. Cannot move it is fixed to the bone?

Lymph node: It is probably a small lymph node but it is best to get it checked by your GP. Make an appointment to get it checked out. ...Read more

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What could be the cause of neck and behind ear, on the bone, pain when breath in or when my head goes back or forward? Pcp found nothing wrong.

Do you have rheumatd: First we need to know if you have a confirmed diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis(ra)? If you do, then this neck pain can be related to RA and should respond to pain meds that you have used for treating your ra. You need to ask your treating doctor about how to manage the neck problem which can arise from arthritic problem in your cervical spine(neck). Tylenol (acetaminophen) take every 6 hourly would help for now. ...Read more

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Bump behind ear on 4 year old?

Bump behind ear on 4 year old?

Lymph node: There are thousands of lymph node located around the body that help screen out germs in the body serum before it returns to the circulation. There are many in the neck, head & behind the ear. At rest these are often 1/4 inch in diameter and may grow to marble sized when reacting to a stimulus. Bug bites, or viral infections can increase their size. They should shrink down to nl size over a few wks. ...Read more

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When should you worry if a bump comes up behind your ear on the bone 31 year old female healthy no other symptoms?

When should you worry if a bump comes up behind your ear on the bone 31 year old female healthy no other symptoms?

Don't worry.: Most likely, a bump behind the ear is a slightly enlarged lymph node that is noticeable due to infection or inflammation. Alternatively, it could be a benign skin condition. If it persists longer than 1 month, then consider having it checked out by your physician. ...Read more

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I have a bump behind ear what is it its red and sore and its small, I've had it for a week now,

I have a bump behind ear what is it its red and sore and its small, I've had it for a week now,

Depending : Depending on the location behind your ear, two possibilities could be an enlarged lymph node (although this shouldn't turn red) or a cyst. If it becomes large, hot, on has purulent drainage you may need to get it assessed for infection. ...Read more

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I have a bump behind my ear on the bone about the size of a small pea. It is not visible and can only be felt when pressing on it. Ear lobe feels hot?

I have a bump behind my ear on the bone about the size of a small pea.  It is not visible and can only be felt when pressing on it. Ear lobe feels hot?

Sebaceous cyst: The sebaceous cyst is a firm rubbery subcutaneous lesion that's freely movable to the skin and has a central open that if squeezed too hard a white thick smelly oil will express from the hole. Do not pick on the whole simply apply warm soapy compress as they open up on its own, if not surgical treatment maybe necessary to remove it. ...Read more

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I have a small pea sized bump behind my ear on the bone. Painless and doesn't seem to move, first noticed it a few days ago and was sore but now it not?

I have a small pea sized bump behind my ear on the bone. Painless and doesn't seem to move, first noticed it a few days ago and was sore but now it not?

Cyst: This could be a sebaceous cyst or a lymph node. It is a good sign that it no longer hurts. Would continue to monitor it for change. If it gets larger, it has to be evaluated ...Read more

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Soreness in bone behind ear, what could be wrong?

Tendonitis: In the absence of ear pain or hearing loss, the most likely cause of pain behind the ear is tendonitis of the scm muscle which attaches to the mastoid tip. Hear and analgesic should help. ...Read more

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What does bump behind ear mean?

What does bump behind ear mean?

Bump behind ear: Hello, the bump behind your ear could be the normal mastoid process which is prominent behind our ear or a lymph node. I have seen nodes behind the ear that needed excision. See your doctor for a recommendation. ...Read more

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What causes itchy white bumps behind ear lobes? I can pop them and the white stuff comes out.

What causes itchy white bumps behind ear lobes? I can pop them and the white stuff comes out.

Sebaceous cysts: Many people have these cysts, which develop in the earlobes and behind the ears. They are oily, containing sebum, and sometimes can get infected. If you're able to express and drain them on your own, I would not be too concerned. If you develop a large one or it becomes infected, then sometimes surgical removal is necessary. ...Read more

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Painless lump hard lump on bone behind ear I had it for a few awhile now but I noticed that it has grown a bit?

Painless lump hard lump on bone behind ear I had it for a few awhile now but I noticed that it has grown a bit?

Mass: It doesn't matter what I think it might be based on the limited information you have provided, it needs to be seen by a doctor. I'm not sure why you have been watching it for "awhile" but now sought medical attention on line instead of in person but you already know you need medical evaluation. See your doctor. ...Read more

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I have three small bumps on my mastoid bone. (Which I believe is the bone behind your ear) They are immobile and don't hurt. There is no/not much grow?

I have three small bumps on my mastoid bone. (Which I believe is the bone behind your ear) They are immobile and don't hurt. There is no/not much grow?

Need more info: They could be cysts or bone growths. To be sure see your family physician to be sure. Chances from what you describe the "bumps" are in all likelihood benign but must be seen by your physician. ...Read more

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Is it normal to feel that a certain bone behind the ear might a little bigger than the other? Mine felt similar to a bump

Is it normal to feel that a certain bone behind the ear might a little bigger than the other? Mine felt similar to a bump

Yes: It is called the mastoid process. One side of the skull is not completely symmetric with the other. Perhaps you always laid with one side down on your back as an infant, which might have mushed one of them a bit. ...Read more

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Fells like hard little knot on mastoid bone behind ear been there a couple of weeks has not gotten bigger 31 yr old female no other symptoms w c i be?

May be normal: The mastoid tip is a bony protuberance behind the ear. Some people suddenly notice it and think it's abnormal. Is it really a "new" bump? If so have evaluated by your md. ...Read more

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My 6-yo son has a small hard immovable painless bone-like bump behind his ear.?

My 6-yo son has a small hard immovable painless bone-like bump behind his ear.?

Likely lymph node: The area behind the ear is called the mastoid bone. Often there is a tiny lymph node over this area that can appear quite prominent. As long as it is about the size of a pea and mobile, it is normal. Next time you seen your doctor, have it checked. All the best. ...Read more

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I have bad pain in bones behind ear going up in head. What can I do to help it?

I have bad pain in bones behind ear going up in head. What can I do to help it?

Do u wear glasses?: If you wear glasses make sure they do not get too tight behind your ears! Very common pain in bone from pressure! If not — do u have sinus& ear pain, congestion? Fever? Headache? If not — unlikely sinus infection. Try Ibuprofen, cold compress, rest, gentle massage- " Tiger balm". If pain persists — see doctor. ...Read more

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Good size bump behind ear like a bug bite my left ear is numb and bug bite area hurts?

Good size bump behind ear like a bug bite my left ear is numb and bug bite area hurts?

See doc: Best for you to get an eval as this may be a bug bite, possibly infected, or an abscess/cyst, etc. Good luck ...Read more

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31 yr old female knot on mastroid bone behind ear for a month has not gotten bigger. Is not sore or moveable no other symptoms should I worry?

31 yr old female knot on mastroid bone behind ear for a month has not gotten bigger. Is not sore or moveable no other symptoms should I worry?

No.: A knot or lump in that area is probably an enlarged lymph node. Lymph nodes enlarge due to infection/inflammation typically. I only worry about cancer if nodes continue to grow over time. If it does not go away on its own within 2-4 more weeks, see a physician. But, otherwise I wouldn't worry about it. ...Read more

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25 y old male. Feel 1 lymph node on bone behind ear its movable. 0.8-1cm diameter. Been there for at least 3 months. Is this normal size? Lymphoma?

25 y old male. Feel 1 lymph node on bone behind ear its movable. 0.8-1cm diameter.  Been there for at least 3 months. Is this normal size? Lymphoma?

Near normal: It is not uncommon of lymph node behind the ear to become a little larger for trivial issues with the scalp, like dandruff. If it has not changes in 3 months, you can ignore it. If there are any issues with your scalp, please attend to those. ...Read more

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The skin behind my left ear feel like it's crawling itches with bump on skull behind ear?

The skin behind my left ear feel like it's crawling itches with bump on skull behind ear?

Doctor can examine: Bumps are hard to figure out without an exam. Sometimes, they appear and disappear for unknown reasons. Bumps may be ok if there is no pain, oozing, bleeding, itching, etc... Otherwise, the causes may be irritant or allergic (something touched the area), or may be from blocked pores, blocked glands, irritated follicles, etc... A doctor can look at the bumps to help get a diagnosis. ...Read more

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Tender bump in the crease behind ear lobe, no head. Cyst or boil? Seems to be just under skin surface.

Tender bump in the crease behind ear lobe, no head. Cyst or boil?  Seems to be just under skin surface.

Lymph node?: A lymph node resides in this area synonymous with mononucleosis (mono / kissing disease) If you are having other symptoms you need to be evaluated, and possibly for lymphoma given your age and other neck pains. ...Read more

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I found a small, pea sized bump on the bone behind my ear. It is soft to the touch and easy to push down. It doesn't hurt much.

I found a small, pea sized bump on the bone behind my ear. It is soft to the touch and easy to push down. It doesn't hurt much.

Lipoma/Lymph node: The description sounds most like something called a lipoma. We all have them & gen find them by accident, if ever. They are small fatty balls that are soft & easily move. They are usually painless & if they don't bother you we don't bother them. Another poss is this is a lymph node, espec if it can be a little painful. Espec poss if you had a recent cold or ear ache. Grows/painful get it checked. ...Read more

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Small, soft to touch pea sized lump on mastoid bone behind ear, been present for a couple of years now, mobile and painless. Anything to worry about?

Small, soft to touch pea sized lump on mastoid bone behind ear, been present for a couple of years now, mobile and painless. Anything to worry about?

Lymph node: Probably nothing of concern. The differential diagnosis generally would be a reactive lymph node versus an epidermal inclusion cyst. This could be removed to be sure however with growth or changes. An Otolaryngologist would be able to determine this readily on physical exam. ...Read more