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What does hard bump near the ear causing pain in ear, head and throat mean?

I think it may be a lymph note not sure but I have a hard bump in front of my right ear that I just noticed last night cause I was having this pain on the side of my head and it went down a little this morning. I didn t do anything to it, also I m experiencing little pain in my ear, head, and throat. The pain was worse last night than it is today. What is this and should I be concerned?
Sat, 19 Sep 2020
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Hi,

The commonest reasons for lump in front of ear and pain around are one of the following:
- Preauricular lymph node enlargement due to infection in the drainage area.

Such lymph nodes are under tight fascial covering hence more painful.
- Enlargement of parotid itself due to mumps, infection.
- TM joint that is temporo-mandibular joint inflammation.

Hence I would advise you the following in such a situation:
- Consult your Doctor, preferably an ENT Surgeon for clinical evaluation, examination and investigations like ultrasound and FNAC.
- Get started on an anti-inflammatory medicine with painkiller property such as Ibuprofen if it suits you.
- Further management as per the findings.

Take care. Hope I have answered your question. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Regards,
Dr. T. Chandrakant, General Surgeon
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What does hard bump near the ear causing pain in ear, head and throat mean?

Hi, The commonest reasons for lump in front of ear and pain around are one of the following: - Preauricular lymph node enlargement due to infection in the drainage area. Such lymph nodes are under tight fascial covering hence more painful. - Enlargement of parotid itself due to mumps, infection. - TM joint that is temporo-mandibular joint inflammation. Hence I would advise you the following in such a situation: - Consult your Doctor, preferably an ENT Surgeon for clinical evaluation, examination and investigations like ultrasound and FNAC. - Get started on an anti-inflammatory medicine with painkiller property such as Ibuprofen if it suits you. - Further management as per the findings. Take care. Hope I have answered your question. Let me know if I can assist you further. Regards, Dr. T. Chandrakant, General Surgeon