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Tender scalp, painful swelling behind ears. Done blood test for HIV, Mono. What is this bump?

my scalp had recently become tender in places, almost like when you wear a ponytail to long, I have swelling in the area behind my ears. I went to my GP and he did blood test for everything, including HIV and mono. Slowly the bumps have subsided and the sensitivity got better. Until this morning I have a large ( size of a nickel) bump behind my right ear. It is throbbing almost like a sting, and it hurts when I move my neck . I almost feels like a head- band or glasses that are to tight is pushing against my head. I checked my scalp it is not flaky, or itchy or red. What the heck is this?
Asked On : Mon, 9 Jul 2012
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Hello madam!
area behind the ear is mastoid. and the history you provided coincides with mastoiditis. had you a recent episode of sore throat of ear pain or hearing disturbances or buzzing in the ear or any vertigo and dizziness?
hurting with the movement of neck indicates it might have become a little abscess or some complication of mastoiditis like bezoalds abscess etc.

Do a simple plain xray film and blood count and audiometry and consult an ear nose throat speciality nearby as you might need a little intervention in this regard.

Dr Shafi Ullah Khan
Answered: Sat, 19 Oct 2013
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