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Old 06-06-2003, 01:40 PM   #1
Nathaniel Weaver
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Question painful bump behind ear

Hello everyone. My girlfriend has a painful bump behind her right ear. It isn't visible, but you can definately feel the bump when you push on the skin. She says it hurts a lot all the time, but it isn't especially painful when it is pressed on. It appeared a few days ago.

Does anyone have any idea if this is something she should get checked out immediately (ie are tumors painful?). If nothing else, could someone please direct me to some sort of internet site where you can look up possible causes of a problem such as this. I'd really appreciate any advice I could get. Thank you,


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Old 06-06-2003, 02:48 PM   #2
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It is probably just a cyst. I get them all of the time, in fact I have one behind each ear right now and I also get them on the front right around my jaw joint. Mine aren't painful unless they are pressed on. They go away within a week or so and I'm not sure what causes them.

If she finds that the lump is too painful or it does not go away it wouldn't hurt to go to the doctor. Sometimes they have to be drained which I believe is done with a small incision and a couple of stitches. Mine don't bother me too bad and they aren't noticable to anyone else so I have never been to the doctor. I just know that my mother used to get them all the time and she said not to worry about them(she is a nurse).

Old 06-07-2003, 08:53 AM   #3
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If it does not go away after a while I would get it checked it could be a swollen lymph node.

Best of luck

Old 06-10-2003, 09:03 AM   #4
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I get them too-I thought I was weird.

Old 06-18-2003, 05:10 AM   #5
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Hey there,
What you are talking about is exactly what I expreience often.
I asked the doctor about these lumps behind my ears and around the base of my neck at the hair line and she said that these are your lymph nodes and when they swell up they are fighting infection probably due from a sore on your head. I tend to pick at my head alot especially if I feel a scab or something and then the result is getting a swollen lymph node.
They usually go away in a few days to a week and should be nothig to be concerned about...
If they last longer or you are still concerned please contact your doctor.
Hope this helps and gives youan answer to your ??? or at least some relief.

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