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Dr. Andrew Rynne
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What does a lump under the ear indicate?

I have a bulge that just appeared on the right side of my jaw just under my ear and it becomes harder/some what larger when I chew food. It hurts when I touch it. The pain started last night and continued this morning and when I was eating a breakfast sandwich is when the bulge really grew. Any idea what it might be? Thank you.
Mon, 26 Dec 2016
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I have gone through your query and can understand..

As per your complain lump under the ear that exaggerates on chewing or eating seems to be due to obstruction in the duct of the salivary gland that occurs due to formation of crystalline stones in the duct of the gland or foreign body obstruction..

You should consult an Oral Physician or an Oral Surgeon and get evaluated and along with clinical examination he can also advise you cross sectional x ray or MRI of the glands to rule out the exact cause and treat accordingly..

As of now you can chew sugar free chewing gum as it will increase saliva flow as well as drink plenty of water..
In case of superficial stones manual palpation can be done and the stones can be removed by pushing towards the duct opening..
In case of deeper stones surgical removal under Sialoscopic guidance can be done..

Hope this information helps..

Thanks and regards.
Dr.Honey Nandwani Arora.
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