I recently found a small lump under my left ear. People are telling me different things like maybe its a swollen gland from an infection or an in grown hair. I feel fine. There are no symptoms of anything....just this lump. Its painless and about the size of a bean. Its not hard. i havent visited the doctor yet because im not sure if this is serious enough for a doctor but i am worried. i am 16 years old. What could it be?
Okay.....thank you. I still don't feel any symptoms and the size has remained the same. The only thing I'm worried about is that it might be a tumor of some kind but I did some research and they said tumors are usually hard lumps and mine isn't really hard. I'm a bit paranoid over this as you can tell. I guess finding a lump is a bit alarming.
My 5 year old son got bug bites on his head four days ago and had lymph node swelling along with it. Doctor looked and said to watch the lumps. Well, they have hardened today and don't move. That was quick. I can relate to your concern because here I am with a 5 year old mildly autistic boy that can't speak well. go with ur instinct hun. Don't worry, but don't ignore it. Watch it weekly. I assure u its ok for now. Just watch yours.....if it hardens in a few weeks, go to doctor.
I had this when I was younger too.. bout the size of a bean right below my left ear.. it was weird.. it was like a huge bug bite but wasn't.. what I used was an anti fungal cream and this reduces it a little bit.. and eventually went away.. wouldn't hurt to try it out.. good luck!
FNAC is a small procedure where they will insert a needle into the lump and aspirate. So with that aspirate pathologist’s try to analyze what is nature of the cells and to which group do they fall under. This has its own limitations. In your case the lump might be either a parotid gland or a lymph node. FNAC does help in making a provisional diagnosis.
If this truly is a small, superficial lump, then an excisional biopsy might be a good option. This can be done in the office setting, completely gets rid of the lump and affords the most accurate diagnosis. I wouldn't bother messing around with a needle biopsy if that is the case. However, deeper lumps are probably best initially evaluated with a needle. Excision, in this case, carries with it more risk and needs to be justified. Good luck!
Definitely! Excision biopsy gives the most accurate diagnosis, no doubts about it. But, if it turns out to be a reactionary lymph node then there is no further treatment required, as it is harmless but, you have to accept the scar. If FNAC is done and if it turns out to be the same as mentioned above, you escape without a scar. There is always a second chance, for the excision if the FNAC proves to be something dangerous. Choice is yours.
It's really hard to say, Cristina. But clearly this thing has you rather anxious, so you should probably just go in and get it checked out. Everyone here is just speculating without being able to examine you properly and getting the needed information.
I also have one last question.... As I said before there are no symptoms. Can that mean that this lump might not be dangerous or go away on it's own? I'm just curious cause I feel completely normal and there's no pain at all.
It is usually a harmless lymph node probably enlarged because of some trivial infection, once the infection subsides the lymph node regress by itself. But, in few individuals it might remain there with out any change in size. This is not the case in any cancerous condition. Just forget about it than breaking your head for a simple thing . Any how you are having an ENT appointment in August, he will be the better judge for you.
I've been taking ibuprofen which has helped and the pain has gone. However, I noticed that when I move my neck to the right the lymph node sticks out more and it almost moves. Not sure if this is normal?
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