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Is swollen lymph node behind ears a serious concern?

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Posted on Fri, 28 Feb 2014
Question: I have a swollen limpnode behind my ear. It is about the size of a pea. I went to the dr. about a month ago and he said wait 1-2 months and see if it goes away. There is no other swollen limpnodes. He said it could be fighting infection. I am just concerned because it is not going away. What is your thoughts?
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Answered by Dr. Robert Galamaga (16 minutes later)
Brief Answer: Considerations Detailed Answer: Hello & thank you for submitting your question. Given the history provided, it is very reasonable to return to the doctor for a follow up if the lymph node hasn't reduced in size within this timeframe. Signs that you should see a physician sooner include fever, pain, night sweats, malaise, increase in size of the lymph node or development of other enlarged lymph nodes. Again thank you for submitting your question & I hope this provided some help. Take Care, Dr G
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Follow up: Dr. Robert Galamaga (7 minutes later)
Should this one swollen lymph node be of concern if it hasn't gone away in a month.
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Answered by Dr. Robert Galamaga (8 minutes later)
Brief Answer: Follow up Detailed Answer: Hello again, At this time it is still reasonable to give it a few more weeks. Again, if you experience any of the changes mentioned previously, please so not hesitate to schedule a follow up appointment sooner. Be well, Dr G
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Last question. If it does not go away what is next? Will they biopsy it? or what is the next plan of attack?
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Answered by Dr. Robert Galamaga (1 hour later)
Brief Answer: Followup Detailed Answer: A biopsy might be helpful if it does persist for more than a few weeks. This again is not likely but does remain a possibility. Also antibiotics might be indicated as well because sometimes a mild infection can lead to the symptoms which you have described. Please focus again on maintaining good and optimal health, diet and exercise. Dr. G
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Is swollen lymph node behind ears a serious concern?

Brief Answer: Considerations Detailed Answer: Hello & thank you for submitting your question. Given the history provided, it is very reasonable to return to the doctor for a follow up if the lymph node hasn't reduced in size within this timeframe. Signs that you should see a physician sooner include fever, pain, night sweats, malaise, increase in size of the lymph node or development of other enlarged lymph nodes. Again thank you for submitting your question & I hope this provided some help. Take Care, Dr G