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Is it dangerous 2 have hudradenitis suppurativa all around your ears, neck & head. I'm worried about all the toxins, sometimes the pus smells bad.

Is it dangerous 2 have hudradenitis suppurativa all around your ears, neck & head. I'm worried about all the toxins, sometimes the pus smells bad.

Hidradenitis: This abnormality of the apocrine sweat glands is typically confined to the areas of the arm pits and the groins. It sounds like another problem if it is outside of these areas. See your primary care for an exam. May also need to see a dermatologist or ENT surgeon. This should be evaluated ASAP. Hope this helps! ...Read more

Pus (Definition)

Pus consists of white blood cells that have "eaten" bacteria and then died. You find pus resulting after an infection has established itself and the pus is a product of the body's immune ...Read more


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Having severe ear pain (4 days) deep inside & behind ear into neck. No drainage, sharp/stabbing pain, worse if laying down. What can I do for relief?

Having severe ear pain (4 days) deep inside & behind ear into neck. No drainage, sharp/stabbing pain, worse if laying down. What can I do for relief?

Need an exam: It's possible you have an infection in the ear canal or behind the ear drum. However your symptoms are somewhat atypical for these causes. It's possible the source of your pain is somewhere else in the in the pharynx and is being "referred" to the ear area. You need to see your physician as soon as possible. If the cause isn't apparent you need to see an ENT specialist.

Get well soon ...Read more

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Clear sinus drainage, breath throughnose, sinus rinse no problem, but dizziness, ears clicking when swallowing, fluid behind ear noinfection. Allergie?

Clear sinus drainage, breath throughnose, sinus rinse no problem, but dizziness, ears clicking when swallowing, fluid behind ear noinfection. Allergie?

Fluid: It sounds like you may have fluid in your eustachian tubes. As your sinuses are clear, avoid the rinses and try Valsalva manoeuvres to try and open them up. If not see ENT. All the best. ...Read more

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Do you think I should pop this pus-filled lump directly behind my ear?

Do you think I should pop this pus-filled lump directly behind my ear?

Need drainage: Pus-filled lumps need to drain. If they do not drain spontaneously, need a doctor to help drain. Recommend that you see a doctor. ...Read more

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Age24f, A painless swelling behind the ear over the bone, no pus, just hard swelling, no pain. What could be the cause of this?

Age24f, A painless swelling behind the ear over the bone, no pus, just hard swelling, no pain. What could be the cause of this?

Need more informatio: There are many possibilities but infection and growth both have to be considered along with examination of the ears, nose, throat and possibly imaging with CT scan, etc. An Ear, nose, throat expert should be consulted. ...Read more

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I have a pus pocket behind my ear it drains and I think it'll go away and it fills back up with a bloody fluid I've had it there for months what to do?

I have a pus pocket behind my ear it drains and I think it'll go away and it fills back up with a bloody fluid I've had it there for months what to do?

See a doctor: Hi. That needs an in-person evaluation by a doctor. We can't evaluate you over the internet, but a bloody, pusy lesion that's been there for months needs to be evaluated. Good luck! ...Read more

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I have a hard pea sized lump behind my ear, I pushed it an white pus came out followed by bloody fluid, but the lump hasn't got smaller?

I have a hard pea sized lump behind my ear, I pushed it an white pus came out followed by bloody fluid, but the lump hasn't got smaller?

Cyst: Common sebaceous cysts in this area.
May fill up, again with old skin and can get infected.
Removal is possible.
Start with a pimple in youth, blackhead, and just keep enlarging over time.
If you can keep, it emptied it will stay the same for years without surgery. ...Read more

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Lump directly behind left ear lobe. Itches and full of pus. Popped it 5 times, but is back the next day. Sometimes hard, sometimes squishy.

Lump directly behind left ear lobe. Itches and full of pus. Popped it 5 times, but is back the next day. Sometimes hard, sometimes squishy.

Cyst or lymph node: Either you have a lymph node or more likely an infected sebaceous cyst. Once it pops it will continue to pop. You can try warm compress and meticulous cleaning but it will recur soon or years later. Treatment for the cyst requires cutting it out. It can be done in the office. A general surgeon will have experience with this also plastics and ENT. ...Read more

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Small soft ball behind ear, dangerous?

Small soft ball behind ear, dangerous?

Not likely: An asymptomatic ball or nodiule in that location is likely to be a benign lipoma, a fatty tumor of no pathologic significance. These sometimes enlarge and can be easily removed if it bothers you but these will cause no illness. ...Read more

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How do cancereous lumps behind ear look like?

How do cancereous lumps behind ear look like?

Various forms: Basal cell or squamous cell skin cancers can be very ulcerative and bleed often. Sometimes, basal cell lesions can be very nodular. This is something that should be seen by a dermatologist or ENT doctor. Many other things can cause bumps behind the ears. ...Read more

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Fluid lump behind ear?

Fluid lump behind ear?

Not certain: It sounds like there is a fluid collection in the skin behind the ear. Questions to ask yourself: is this soft? Does it move when you touch it? Is it painful or red? Have you had any surgery in this region? There is a natural " lump" behind the ear that is called the mastoid process. This can have an infection and if there is surrounding fluid this may be the fluid lump rthat you see. See your dr. ...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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Why loose lump behind ear on head?

Why loose lump behind ear on head?

Cyst/node: This may be a cyst or a lymph
node, but best to see your otolaryngologist for an exact diagniosis. ...Read more

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Where are lymph nodes behind ear used for?

Where are lymph nodes behind ear used for?

Immunity: Part of your immune system responsible for an area in a fan shape above and behind that ear, for infection, irritaion, trauma, etc. ...Read more

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What can be done for a soft lump behind ear?

What can be done for a soft lump behind ear?

Monitor: This may be just a benign lymph node. Monitor the lump for changes such as increasing size, pain, texture, pigmentation. Any of these changes indicate a need for further evaluation. ...Read more

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Is dry flaky skin behind ear a sign of rosacea?

Is dry flaky skin behind ear a sign of rosacea?

Seborrheic dermatiti: Dry flaky skin behind the ears is more likely due to seborrheic dermatitis, a condition that is cause by excessive colonization of a common yeast called pityrosporum ovale (or malassesia furfur). Treatment typically involves reduced colonization, such as the use of head and shoulder, Nizoral (ketoconazole) or selsun blue shampoos. Lather and leave in for 5min then wash off. ...Read more

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I have a hard lump behind ear on head. Please answer?

I have a hard lump behind ear on head. Please answer?

Lipoma: Lipomas, a fatty tumor are common in this location as well as a few other tumors. Has the lump been present for some time or rapidly developing recently? If rapid, get an evaluation by an ENT specialist fairly soon. If it has been there for some time, you can probably ignore it if it does not bother you and is not changing. ...Read more

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What to do if I'm young and worried! Lump behind ear!?

What to do if I'm young and worried! Lump behind ear!?

Ear lump: Hello, the bone behing your ear is called your mastoid prominence. There are lymph nodes in this area that may become inflamed and cause pain. I would recommend ibuprophen as directed for a few days. If this persists, then see your family doctor. I hope this helps. ...Read more

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I'm worried about a movable lump behind ear. What should I do?

I'm worried about a movable lump behind ear. What should I do?

See your doctor: This type of mass may be a lymph node or may something more worrisome. The parotid salivary gland typically extends just behind the earlobe and may develop tumors in that portion of the gland, called the tail of the parotid. You should have your doctor evaluate this mass. ...Read more

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I have flat squishy lump behind ear for numerous years, question?

I have flat squishy lump behind ear for numerous years, question?

Squishy ear lump: Have your local ENT specialist look at it. If it is growing, painful or connected to any part of you ear or neck, it will likely need to be removed. ...Read more

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I have a hard lump behind ear on head. Please answer, should I be concerned?

I have a hard lump behind ear on head. Please answer, should I be concerned?

Hopefully: It will resolve without intevention. You may have a swollen lymph node or cyst that may or maynot be infected. If it doesn't resolve - get it checked. ...Read more

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Pain in side if neck going behind ear and up into head. What could be wrong?

Pain in side if neck going behind ear and up into head. What could be wrong?

Occipital Neuralgia: Consider taking something cold from the freezer, wrapping it in a towel, and placing it on that area for 10 mins on, then 10 mins off.

Good luck. ...Read more

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How do you know if a lump have a hard dot behind ear but don't know its there until you touch?

ENT consult: A lump should be evaluated right away. What you are describing is most likely a benign growth but consult an ENT physician soon. ...Read more

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Dr. Said I have fluid behind ear without infection. How long can this last and at what point should I return to Dr if not better? One week long so far

Dr. Said I have fluid behind ear without infection. How long can this last and at what point should I return to Dr if not better? One week long so far

Middle ear fluid: Greetings. Middle ear fluid causes hearing loss, ear pressure and pain at times and possibly even dizziness. Not sure if your doctor recommended treatment but beginning an OTC nasal spray like Nasacort (triamcinolone) every night might help resolve the effusion. We as ENT doctors recommend considering further treatment after a total of 3 months have passed without the fluid clearing. ...Read more