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What causes swollen lymph node behind ear?

I have had a painless swollen lymph node for a few months under my right jaw. I have had blood test run showing no serious infections, normal white blood cells and normal lymph. I also had an ultrasound that showed beneign characteristics of the lymph node. Also I just noticed what I believe is a lymph node behind my left ear that appears to be a little swollen but not as much as the one under my right jaw. I feel normal otherwise. I should also note that I was diagnosed with genital herpes about 18 years ago, but have never had an outbreak since the initial one. The only medication I am on is progesterone. My doctor feels that it is nothing serious, but has ordered a biopsy to completely rule out cancer. I'm just curious for another medical expert opinion on if it sounds like it could be cancer or something else.
Mon, 26 Feb 2018
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Dear don't worry about it , possible causes for swollen lymph nodes around ear is boils in the scalp or carbuncle in scalp. Folliculitis, stye or chalazion or pimples may cause swollen lymph nodes.

Just keep an eye on it if it is enlarging size or getting pain means please consult your doctor other wise no need.

I think I answered to your question if you have more questions feel free to ask.


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