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Can cartilage piercing cause lymph nodes to swell behind the ear?

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Dr. Michael Miller
Wound care

In brief: Monitoring Centers

Lymphatic system absorbs/carries things too big to go into the arteries/veins like bacteria eaten by white cells and digested food.
Lymph nodes "taste" the lymph for anything bad like bacteria/viruses/cancers, etc. When it detects a problem, it alerts the immune system and your body reacts. They enlarge in response to the inflammation they create when they react. They shrink when all is well.

In brief: Monitoring Centers

Lymphatic system absorbs/carries things too big to go into the arteries/veins like bacteria eaten by white cells and digested food.
Lymph nodes "taste" the lymph for anything bad like bacteria/viruses/cancers, etc. When it detects a problem, it alerts the immune system and your body reacts. They enlarge in response to the inflammation they create when they react. They shrink when all is well.
Dr. Michael Miller
Dr. Michael Miller
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Dr. Theodore Fetter
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery

In brief: Possibly yes

Auricle (outer ear) infection can cause nearby lymph node swelling.
Auricle skin or cartilage infection from cartilage piercing is high risk. See an otology/ent md asap for antibiotic treatment.

In brief: Possibly yes

Auricle (outer ear) infection can cause nearby lymph node swelling.
Auricle skin or cartilage infection from cartilage piercing is high risk. See an otology/ent md asap for antibiotic treatment.
Dr. Theodore Fetter
Dr. Theodore Fetter
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