What might be causes for enlarged lymph nodes near ear, in front of it?

Inflammation. Lymph nodes enlarge in response to inflammation in the area in which they are located. You may have a minor infection in your ear canal, tooth or other nearby structure which is causing this.

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Are enlarged lymph nodes always painful when caused by infection? Can they be hard, or are they soft w/infection? Ddx of hard, enlarged node by ear?

Lymph nodes. If swollen lymph node is related to an acute infection, it will be painful. However in chronic infections, like tuberculosis, syphillis-it can be painless. The consistency varies- it could be rubbery, firm- but when abscess starts to develop/ contains pus- the swollen lymph gland can be soft and fluctuant. Ddx in your case-would be process n the ear or around the ear or other area in the head/neck. Read more...

Should I be concerned about my enlarged lymph nodes? About two to three months ago I noticed a hard bump behind my ear. It has continued to get larger and I have figured out it is a lymph node. The node underneath it has now began to swell and I have anot

Lymph . Lymph nodes can become enlarged for many reasons. They are often enlarged when an infection is present in or near them.(tonsils are lymph nodes inthe throat and become enlarged when you have a throat infection) when they enlarge due to infection they usually swell quickly an are painful or at least tender when touched. They also tend to shrink back to normal size after the infection resolves. Lymph nodes that enlarge slowly and remain enlarged for more than about a month are more worrisome including the possibility of cancer or some chronic inflammatory conditions such as lupus or sarcoidosis. Read more...

Two enlarged lymph nodes behind right ear for over 10 years, had two abscessed teeth totally taken care of a year ago...Still same size. Why?

2 possibilities. Either there's still a dental problem or there's a different focus of infection. Read more...
Not related? Maybe not lymph nodes? Have the right md check it out. Could be a fibrous change in the nodes that were once enlarged because of the bad teeth. Read more...
Internet diagnosis. Unfortunately this is not a question you should look for answer for over the internet. It requires a complete medical and dental history and a one on one clinical evaluation. Having said that, they may not be lymph nodes, other sources of infection, growths, chronically inflamed lymph nodes, normal nodes. Find a doctor who can actually examine you and give you a reasonable answer to your question. Read more...
Lymphoid hyperplasia. is a condition in which the lymph nodes enlarge as they respond to a viral or bacterial infection. Rec.: see your PCP for evaluation and labs. Take care. Read more...