Can an ear infection cause swollen neck lymph nodes?

Not directly. The swollen lymph nodes may be part of a viral infection and the otitis may have followed. I don't believe that the otitis itself caused swollen lymph nodes in the neck.
Absolutely. This is actually a very common reason for swelling of neck nodes along with sore throats. Depending on the extent of the infection, you could have either anterior (front) or posterior (back) nodes in the cervical region enlarge. This is actually a good response by your immune system. They wil go back to normal in 1-8 weeks after the infection has been cleared.

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Can a sinus infection or an ear infection cause neck pain, more specifically, the lymph nodes? Is this a normal occurrence?

Yes. Infections in the head, including ear infections, sinus infections, and tooth infections, can lead to swelling of the lymph nodes and pain from the inflammation. They usually take a few days to a few weeks to fully resolve. Please see your doctor if they are especially large and painful - or if your neck hurts when you bend it toward your chest. . Read more...
Unusual. Otitis media (ear infection) or rhino-sinusitis rarely cause neck pain or cervical lymphadenopathy. Certainly this is possible and only means that the lymph nodes are a protective mechanism to prevent further spread of this viral/bacterial infection. Read more...

I have a fever, white patches on throat. Went to urgent care, told its an ear infection& tonsillitis. Now, front neck pain- swollen lymph nodes?

What medication. If your immune system is working well, your lymph nodes will often get enlarged and can be painful as it filters out the badness. You did not state if they determined what specific infection it was (if they determined the cause) and if you are on antibiotics. There is a chance the infection can get walled off somewhere near the tonsils and you get an abcess. Meds will help, but ENT may be needed. Read more...

Can multiple ear infections over the years cause my lymph nodes to permanently be up? It been 2+years and they're still there. Both under 1cm, movable

Yes. Lymph nodes usually enlarge in response to infection, as they are growth areas for infection fighting cells. When infection has resolved, some of the framework remains enlarged for some time. If non tender, easily moveable and not enlarging, it is fine to observe over time. If enlarging, be sure to get evaluation. Read more...

I have a double ear infection. What causes the neck by the eutacian tubes to be swollen?

Swollen lymph nodes. When infections drain they drain to the closest lymph system which takes debris and bacteria out of the system . The neck has the closest lymph nodes to the ears. 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 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...

Can you have pain in other areas from an ear infection? Several areas where I have lymph nodes are achy.

Ear infection. Yes, the lymph nodes on that side of the ear can become swollen and uncomfortable. As the infection gets treated, the lymph nodes should subside. If, however, they persist, you should follow up with your doctor. Hope that helps. Read more...