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Could large, painful knot behind ear and white knot in mouth be related?

I have a large knot behind my left ear and a smaller one down below that. my ear is sore to the touch and is very painful. i also have a white,hard knot inside my mouth on the bone behind my front teeth,which does not hurt. Are the two related and how do I stop the pain in my ear?
Tue, 16 Feb 2016
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I have gone through your query and can understand your concerns..

As per your complain large painful knots behind the ear along with pain in ear can be due to Infection of Mastoid process known as Mastoiditis along with ear infection..
The painless knot on the palate just behind front teeth can be a Mucous cyst or Mucocele..
The both conditions does not seems to be inter-related..
I would suggest you to consult an Otolaryngologist and get evaluated and a thorough clinical evaluation and investigations like Otoscopy of ear along with x ray, ear swab culture, MRI scan etc can help in diagnosis and treatment can be done accordingly..
You can be advised to take a course of antibiotics like Augmentin, anti inflammatory painkiller like Ibuprofen or Naproxen, do cool compresses and along with it do antibiotic ear drops and analgesic ear drops..
Decongestant nasal sprays can further help..
For lump on palate consult an Oral Physician and get evaluated and a thorough clinical evaluation can help in diagnosis..
In case of mucocele, do concentrated salt water rinses..
In case if it does not resolve surgical correction can be advised..

Hope this information helps..

Thanks and regards.
Dr.Honey Nandwani Arora.
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