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What causes rapidly enlarging mass behind the left ear?

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Posted on Sat, 26 Jul 2014
Question: I have developed a series of odd neurologic symptoms. Paradoxical cold sensation in my scalp, painful scalp, left skull pain and some itchy skin on my left scalp and forehead. Dull pain in the left eye, Shooting pain (throbbing ) in th left skull that causes come dizziness and nausea. I was not not tested but was put on Acyclovir for possible Shingles. Now I have a rapidly enlarging mass behind the left ear. I presume a lymph node. Is this an emergent that I need to go to the ER on a holiday weekend?
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Answered by Dr. Albana Sejdini (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
As it's holiday weekend,advise to go to ER...

Detailed Answer:
Hi there,

I have gone through your medical history and feel sorry for the situation you are in.

If your symptoms are not improving while being on Acyclovir and additionally, you are having this rapidly enlarging mass behind the left ear (lymph node); then, I advise to go to ER to evaluate it further.

Dr.Albana

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Brief Answer: As it's holiday weekend,advise to go to ER... Detailed Answer: Hi there, I have gone through your medical history and feel sorry for the situation you are in. If your symptoms are not improving while being on Acyclovir and additionally, you are having this rapidly enlarging mass behind the left ear (lymph node); then, I advise to go to ER to evaluate it further. Dr.Albana