Thanks for writing to us.
A painful lymph
node near the ear can be due to inner ear
infections or infections in the external ear canal
. You need a detailed ENT examination to rule out the infections. Otherwise an FNAC of the lymph will confirm the diagnosis. Other causes can be metabolic disorders, chronic infections or malignancies.
I hope this information has been both informative and helpful for you.
Dr. Praveen Tayal