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Lump Behind The Ear

Hello my name is A.J.
About a year ago I noticed a small hard unmoveable lump behind my right ear.. (between my ear and my hair line of my neck)  I wasn't to worried about it until about two weeks ago when my wife was able to SEE IT.  I haven't been touching it a whole lot cause I figured it was probably a lymph node, and I didn't want to irratate it.  It doesn't hurt and it is now about the size of a nickel.... can someone please give me an idea what is going on?  lol It would help me out a lot to know Im probably just having a hypochondriac moment.

Thanks
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351246 tn?1379685732
MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL
Hi A.J.
Thanks for writing to the forum!
Well, the lump could be a lymph node, a neurofibroma (localized harmless swelling in a nerve) or a lipoma (localized collection of fat). Folliculitis (hair follicle infection) can sometimes persist. It can also be acne.
Hope this helps. It is difficult to comment beyond this at this stage. Do consult your doctor. Please let me know if there is any thing else and do keep me posted. Take care!
Avatar universal
MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL
Hello,
Most lumps in that site are due to infections or benign tumors of soft tissue origin. Behind the ear there is skin, fat, cartilage, bone, nerves, blood vessels, Lymph nodes, and salivary gland tissue (a portion of the parotid salivary gland extends behind the ear). A bump can develop from any of those structures, and could be due to a tumor (benign or not), an infection (Lymph node or skin), a swollen muscle or salivary gland, etc.

My suggestion would be to wait it out for a few weeks to see if it changes in size. If it gets smaller, it was nothing. If it happens to get bigger, then make an appointment with your doctor.You may take some pain killers or some anti-inflammatory drug if you have pain.

Hope it helps.Take care and pls do keep us posted if you have any additional queries.

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