Swollen Bump behind ear?

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    Feb 19, 2012 5:27 AM GMT
    Okay guys I know that most of you are not medical doctors but I have a big lump behind my right ear. My right ear also is very tender and hurts when I touch it. I'm just curious if you have any idea what it is. Someone told me it could be my lymph nodes but wouldn't that be both sides of the neck and not just my right. I also read that I should have it checked by a dermo because of possibly skin cancer??

    Any ideas or suggestions?
  • tyler_helm

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    Feb 19, 2012 5:31 AM GMT
    See your GP and he can direct you if you need to see a specialist.
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    Feb 19, 2012 5:33 AM GMT



    Hmmm... Ok I do volunteer work in healthcare so here's my layman's guess.

    Ear infection. The lymph nodes swell in reaction, and only on the one side.

    So get thee straight to a doctor who may recommend antibiotics, if it's been more than 3 days and the problem isn't resolving (viruses are short according to the books).

    Does that help?

    warmly,

    -Doug
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    Feb 19, 2012 5:36 AM GMT
    It clearly must be AIDS.icon_neutral.gif
  • Montague

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    Feb 19, 2012 5:38 AM GMT
    jmusmc85 saidIt clearly must be AIDS.icon_neutral.gif


    Most likely Cancer.
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    Feb 19, 2012 5:40 AM GMT
    Montague said
    jmusmc85 saidIt clearly must be AIDS.icon_neutral.gif


    Most likely Cancer.


    Please don't scare me. I have 2 exams on Monday. I don't need extra stress in my life lol
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    Feb 19, 2012 5:46 AM GMT
    Sounds like possibly otitis externa - simple round of empiric antibiotics should help. But you do need to go to your doctor and have it inspected. True with some viral infections (HIV, mono etc.) you can have enlarged lymph nodes in that area, but you are correct, they are often on both sides...but not necessarily. I have seen them unilaterally before (one side). But go to your doc for a good inspection :-)
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    Feb 19, 2012 5:48 AM GMT
    YOUZ GUNNA DIE!!!
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    Feb 19, 2012 5:48 AM GMT
    Friend on mine developed a huge bump behind his ear. Got to the size of a grape. But it went away.. when he rolled over to the side of his head while asleep and it popped. icon_confused.gif
  • Trauts

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    Feb 19, 2012 6:00 AM GMT
    how big is "big"? I used to get a lump behind my earlobe every time I was about to fall sick.

    If you're worried, just go and see a doctor. It'll probably ease your worry tooicon_smile.gif
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    Feb 19, 2012 6:04 AM GMT
    It's probably a sebaceous cyst if it's behind the ear and fairly hard. Those cysts are quite common and often appear in the earlobe or just behind the ear (though they can appear elsewhere on the body too).

    I have a cyst in my earlobe that flares up a few times a year. It goes away on its own as long as I don't mess with it.

    They're nothing to worry about as long as you don't pick at them, otherwise you might run the risk of an infection. Should the cyst grow exceptionally big and start to cause pain, then you might want to see a doctor about it.
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    Feb 19, 2012 6:06 AM GMT
    Montague said
    jmusmc85 saidIt clearly must be AIDS.icon_neutral.gif


    Most likely Cancer.


    The hell are you two talking about.

    It's obviously Canceraids, the new super invasive auto-immune disease.
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    Feb 19, 2012 6:13 AM GMT
    Ariodante said
    Montague said
    jmusmc85 saidIt clearly must be AIDS.icon_neutral.gif


    Most likely Cancer.


    The hell are you two talking about.

    It's obviously Canceraids, the new super invasive auto-immune disease.



    Or even AIDS-veratiolymphosomatic-cancer-invasive-tacknoids!



    OP, do go to the Doc, would you? icon_wink.gif
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    Feb 19, 2012 6:13 AM GMT
    its probably just an inflamed/swollen lymph node, there typically is a node that is behind the ear. if anything you've just got a strong bacteria infection and your body is trying to fight it off.

    i doubt its cancer.
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    Feb 19, 2012 6:22 AM GMT
    meninlove said
    Ariodante said
    Montague said
    jmusmc85 saidIt clearly must be AIDS.icon_neutral.gif


    Most likely Cancer.


    The hell are you two talking about.

    It's obviously Canceraids, the new super invasive auto-immune disease.



    Or even AIDS-veratiolymphosomatic-cancer-invasive-tacknoids!



    OP, do go to the Doc, would you? icon_wink.gif


    I can't believe how mean you guys can be sometimes.

    It is obviously Dropsey or Small Pox.

    Either that or there is a small demon living in his ear in which case he must be bled with leeches and an exorcism must be performed by a Sea Hag.

    You would think you guys would have a bit more compassion for someone who probably won't live to see the next sunrise.
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    Feb 19, 2012 6:26 AM GMT
    Cash said
    meninlove said
    Ariodante said
    Montague said
    jmusmc85 saidIt clearly must be AIDS.icon_neutral.gif


    Most likely Cancer.


    The hell are you two talking about.

    It's obviously Canceraids, the new super invasive auto-immune disease.



    Or even AIDS-veratiolymphosomatic-cancer-invasive-tacknoids!



    OP, do go to the Doc, would you? icon_wink.gif


    I can't believe how mean you guys can be sometimes.

    It is obviously Dropsey or Small Pox.

    Either that or there is a small demon living in his ear in which case he must be bled with leeches and an exorcism must be performed by a Sea Hag.

    You would think you guys would have a bit more compassion for someone who probably won't live to see the next sunrise.



    You're right, we should have recommended that self-surgery vid on Youtube. Dang!

    OP I had an ear infection recently that you described quite well, so go to the Doc!

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    Feb 19, 2012 6:27 AM GMT
    Take note. Bad idea to bring a health concern to a semi-public forum on fitness.

    Good idea to bring up health concern with your doctor.
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    Feb 19, 2012 6:28 AM GMT
    pocketnico saidIt's probably a sebaceous cyst if it's behind the ear and fairly hard. Those cysts are quite common and often appear in the earlobe or just behind the ear (though they can appear elsewhere on the body too).

    I have a cyst in my earlobe that flares up a few times a year. It goes away on its own as long as I don't mess with it.

    They're nothing to worry about as long as you don't pick at them, otherwise you might run the risk of an infection. Should the cyst grow exceptionally big and start to cause pain, then you might want to see a doctor about it.


    I'd tend to agree with this 'diagnosis.'

    Or it's AIDS. Duh. Everybody's got it.

    No but srsly- I develop this weird cyst on the side of my nose when I get stressed or anxious about something. It's only happened 3 times in the past 4 years, but it's always in EXACTLY the same spot. Just don't pick at it etc. Fortunately if it's behind your ear it should be pretty hidden, and not like mine which was a giant red lump on my face. Pretty embarrassing. Warm to hot compresses might help the swelling go down. I used to boil water, dip a face cloth in it and just when it was cool enough to touch I'd hold it in my face. Apparently it can help draw blood to the area or open the capillaries to help flush out any toxins or bacteria in the area.
  • monstapex

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    Feb 19, 2012 6:37 AM GMT
    Check to see if there's like a tiny pinprick mark in the center of it..If there is one its probably from a spider and it laid eggs in you.
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    Feb 19, 2012 6:37 AM GMT
    msuNtx saidOkay guys I know that most of you are not medical doctors but I have a big lump behind my right ear. My right ear also is very tender and hurts when I touch it. I'm just curious if you have any idea what it is. Someone told me it could be my lymph nodes but wouldn't that be both sides of the neck and not just my right. I also read that I should have it checked by a dermo because of possibly skin cancer??

    Any ideas or suggestions?


    Check with a doctor many reasons for such lumps. I am not a doctor but I am familiar with such diagnosis, I was a nursing student, Lymph nodes are what is common, It needs to be checked out as soon as possible. Good luck,David
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    Feb 19, 2012 6:40 AM GMT
    monstapex saidCheck to see if there's like a tiny pinprick mark in the center of it..If there is one its probably from a spider and it laid eggs in you.


    This is my favorite so far. But could it be Aliens instead of a spider? Aliens are wicked cool.
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    msuNtx said
    Montague said
    jmusmc85 saidIt clearly must be AIDS.icon_neutral.gif


    Most likely Cancer.


    Please don't scare me. I have 2 exams on Monday. I don't need extra stress in my life lol


    It might be a wart or a sebacious cyst (pus under skin). Don't let these guys worry you. Get it looked at and it will be gone before you know it. icon_wink.gif
  • FlypinHigh

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    Feb 19, 2012 6:46 AM GMT
    remove the dick from your ear and report back
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    Feb 19, 2012 6:52 AM GMT
    Cash said
    monstapex saidCheck to see if there's like a tiny pinprick mark in the center of it..If there is one its probably from a spider and it laid eggs in you.


    This is my favorite so far. But could it be Aliens instead of a spider? Aliens are wicked cool.


    I vote for Alien Spiders. Their eggs will travel throughout the OP's bloodstream and all of them will hatch simultaneously causing the OP's entire body to explode in a slimy rain of extraterrestrial arachnids.
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    Feb 19, 2012 6:53 AM GMT
    FlypinItchy saidremove the dick from your ear and report back

    They say, "once you go black, you go deaf", Family Guy.