Can an outer ear infection cause a swollen occipital lymph node?

Possibly. The lymph nodes behind the ear are among the first to drain the ear region. Any infection if the ear, middle ear or outer ear, can often cause these lymph nodes to swell. As far back as the occiput is less likely, but still possible.

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I took amoxicillin for middle ear infection. The swell in my lymph node went down but now its back? Serious?

When lymph nodes... ...Are swollen, it means they are active and the immune system is fighting something. This is a good thing. If, however, the node is red and hot and tender, then the node itself is infected and you need to see your doctor. You should also see your doctor if the enlarged nodes persist for a very long period of time beyond when you are otherwise well. Read more...

Should I be concerned if a lymph node swelling behind my left ear persists long after an ear infection clears up?

Maybe, maybe not. This is not uncommon. Lymph nodes, once enlarged while helping to fight infection, may not return to normal size for lengthy time periods. On the other hand it never hurts to have an experienced clinician take a look at this and make sure nothing more serious is in progress. Read more...
A little. A lymph node swelling is usually a sign of infection. Generally it goes back down after the infection is resolved. If you have a lymph node behind your ear (posterior auricular node) that is enlarged, it is worth checking out with a doctor. It might be a sign of a residual infection in or near the ear, or could be a sign of a lymph node disorder. Please see your regular general practitioner. Read more...

I had a swollen lymph node due to an ear infection&a cold few yrs ago. Iwas told it'll swollen again being sick. It's little swell now BUT I'm not sick

It's possible that. you are developing an illness and that could be causing the enlargement of the lymph node. If it enlarges further and you do not develop other symptoms, I would recommend that you have your doctor examine you. It still may be nothing to worry about, but it's best to get it checked and maybe have some labwork. Read more...

The left side of my face (from my jaw to my ear) hurts my boyfriend said my lymph node may be swollen am I gettin an ear infection?

Facial pain. Could be a sinus infection or even an eye infection. Adenoviral infections will typically give a unilateral pre-auricular lymph nose and pain/discharge from same sided eye. Read more...
Probably the jaw. Pain in the jaw is frequently mistaken for "ear pain" and all too often improperly treated with antibiotics. If you have pain when you chew or pain when touching areas around your jaw joint and no significant change in your hearing you most likely have a jaw muscle issue. A soft diet, antiinflammatory medication, ice and a consultation with your dentist are recommended. Read more...

I'm taking otodex for ear infection. Ear now feels swollen and lymph nodes are swollen. Is this normal?

Ear infection. Your ear may be swollen because of infection or allergy to medication. The lymph glands are a reactive response to the swelling. See a doctor for help. Read more...

I have a small hard lymph node next to my tragus, it's not visible to the eye but I can feel it if I press it. I have an ear infection?

Lymph node. Preauricular lymph nodes, just in front of the ear, are normal. A lymph node that is smaller than a pea, nontender and slightly movable, is likely just doing its job. Read more...