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    What causes a painful swelling below the ear and behind the jaw?

Posted on Thu, 26 May 2016 in Ear, Nose and Throat Problems
Question: Hello I am feeling a gaanth below ear exactly behind jaw and it is paining since yesterday
Answered by Dr. Vivek Chail 1 hour later
Brief Answer:
It looks like infection of parotid gland and please consult ENT doctor

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for writing in to us.

I have read through your query in detail.
Please find my observations below.

1. A painful swelling below the ear and behind the jaw since yesterday is most likely due to an infection in parotid salivary gland or lymph node.

2. Such a swelling is from acute infection and it is recommended that you get clinically examined by ENT doctor who will confirm your condition. If required an ultrasound scan of the parotid region will be recommended to get more detailed information.

3. If confirmed, an infection of the parotid gland is usually treated by a short course of antibiotics. It will be cured in a week.

Hope your query is answered.
Please do write back if you have any doubts.

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