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Dr. Franklyn Gergits
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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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Dr. Michael Jaindl
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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 also. 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

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Dr. Richard Roberts
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Is it normal to feel that a certain bone behind the ear might a little bit 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 bit 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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Dr. Vahe Yetimyan
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What would cause a bald spot behind the ear on hairline with nothing visible but feeling a small bump about dime sized.. Like I said, a small baldSpot?

What would cause a bald spot behind the ear on hairline with nothing visible but feeling a small bump about dime sized.. Like I said, a small baldSpot?

Alopecia areata?: An autoimmune disease. Body's autoimmune system attacking hair follicles. With medications the hair can grow back . See your doctor.I hope this helps. For more make a virtual appointment at www.healthtap.com/dryetimyan ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Miller
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Bump behind left ear and i think it's hard and not movable. Pain in the area sometimes but not while touching it. Changes size throughout day actually?

Bump behind left ear and i think it's hard and not movable. Pain in the area sometimes but not while touching it. Changes size throughout day actually?

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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Dr. William Culviner
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What to do if I have noticed that behind my ear on my actual ear there is a hard bump thing. worried! :(?

What to do if I have noticed that behind my ear on my actual ear there is a hard bump thing. worried! :(?

Cyst?: This is a common area to form small sebaceous cysts. They are formed from the oil/ hair folliclles in the skin. They often do not go away. Sometimes they can get infected and get larger or painful. You should see your doctor or an otolaryngologist for evaluation and treatment. They are often removed or excised. ...Read more

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Dr. Nader Kalantar
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Can you tell me about this bump behind my ear?

Can you tell me about this bump behind my ear?

Need to see a doctor: It's not possible to tell you about the bump behind your ear without any further information from you or examining the area in question. See your doctor, or try Healthtap Prime for further evaluation. ...Read more

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Dr. Louis Gallia
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There is a painless bump behind my ear. It has been there for about 2 wks. What could it be?

There is a painless bump behind my ear. It has been there for about 2 wks. What could it be?

Node or cyst: Likely a lymph node or sebaceous (oil gland) cyst. If it persists beyond another week, see an ENT specialist. ...Read more

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