Painful lymph node behind the ear.

Likely infection. There are a number of conditions which cause lymph node enlargement, with infection being the most common cause. Behind the ear nodes can come from the ear, the skin, teeth and possibly sinuses. Take some Ibuprofen (if it's safe for you) and if the node persists, seeks care.

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Have a whole line of swollen painful occipital lymph nodes. Behind my ear in the hairline and down my neck? Neck is very painful?

Infection. Your lymph nodes are a line of defense against infection and sometimes allergic reactions in your body. When they swell, they are fighting the infection. In your case, they are probably overworked and probably need the assistance of an antibiotic. If they do not respond to treatment, blood tests may be helpful to determine other causes. Read more...

TMJ, forgot to wear my night guard. Woke up with headache, and painful swollen lymph node behind ear. Related to TMJ or is it all seperate?

Separate. TMJ unlikey to cause swollen lymph nodes. Wear splint. See MD if enlarged nodes persist. Read more...
Might not be a node. It could be swelling of the retrodiscal tissues because of compression of the ligaments behind the joint. Wear your night guard and you might want to try an anti-inflammatory like ibuprofen. Read more...
Pain/swelling. May be 2separate issues. Swollen node behind ear may not be associated with TMJ. Wear your splint as much as possible, take OTC pain meds. If not getting better in 12-24 hours, call the Dentist who made the splint. Read more...

Prolonged fever (>7w)+swollen painful lymph nodes (neck and behind the ears)+headache. Tested -ve for HIV (ELISA 1&2), Hep-B&C, VDRL what else could it be?

Many causes. There are many causes for swollen lymph nodes and fever. Remember there is a window period for HIV testing - about 3 months and hepatitis up to 12 weeks! Other causes could be infectious mononucleosis, fungal infections, TB, even cancer. You need close follow up with your doctor for more testing. Good luck . Read more...

I have a swollen lymph node behind my ear that is painful and has happened before.?

Enlarged lymph node . This can be reactive, due to an infection or healing from a scratch or bite on your head, which is most common. If your bump is tender, painful or persists for more than a couple weeks, you should see your healthcare provider. Read more...

I have had a swollen lymph node behind my ear for my entire life. It is not painful and doesn't grow should I tell my doctor?

Yes. Always good to show your doctor when examined so that it can be documented as to characteristics and size in case something changes. Read more...
Well...yes.. but I'd hardly go to the ER for this. These are fairly common and do not indicate anything if they've been present and stable. They do not have potential to do anything bad. While cysts and lymph nodes could grow, they follow patterns and if the pattern is not growing, then, it isn't going to now. But, every medical feature should get mentioned sometime. Read more...

Soft pea size red painful lump behind right ear and feels like its dripping, also a swollen lymph node below the ear near jawline. What to do?

Abscess. These require the assistance of a doctor. It might be simple and time will heal but if not the infection can spread to the bone and ear structures and explode into you brain. Go to get help! now! Read more...