I'm a 24 year old female-A couple of months ago I woke up with a painful pea to marble sized lump under the skin on my ear. It is located right where my ear connects to my head, on the bottom. Like if I were to pull my earlobe away from my head, it is in that "flap" of skin. Because it was painful and hard, I assumed it was a boil as I have had these in the past. I treated it with warm washclothes and heating pads, but the lump never softened or drained, however, the pain did go away. It is not visible from the outside, it is as if it is truly "inside" my skin. Therefore I have come to the conclussion that it is not a boil. As I mentioned, it has been a couple of months and it has stayed firm. The pain comes and goes, and the "lump" feels larger on days when it is painful.
So is this something to worry about, or has anyone had something like this? I was thinking it could be a swollen gland, but I didn't think glands were present in the ear/jaw area.