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Would ibuprofen help treating large painless lump on the mastoid bone?

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Hello. Yesterday I noticed a fairly large lump on the mastoid bone behind my right ear. It is hard, but not painful. Would an anti-inflammatory drug, like ibuprofen, help?
Posted Mon, 16 Dec 2013 in Ear, Nose and Throat Problems
Answered by Dr. Robert Galamaga 9 minutes later
Brief Answer: Recommendations Detailed Answer: hello and thank you for sending the question. This is most likely a reactive lymph node. this can sometimes happen in a setting of infection or reaction to something in the environment including viruses. usually this type of thing will still be resolved in a couple of weeks. You might consider ibuprofen as prescribed by your doctor or as recommended by your local pharmacist. This might help to limit the duration or discomfort associated with swelling. If the symptoms persist for more than two weeks you absolutely need to see your local doctor for a good physical examination, evaluation, and discussion regarding other possible causes. Thank you very much again for sending your question. Dr. Galamaga
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