Swollen Lymph Node in Front of Ear

It is not unusual for people to see or feel a swelling, a bump or a swelling near the ear. It might be in front or behind the ear, single or in multiple, painless or painful, firm or soft, sluggish growing or rapidly growing.

There are lots of possible causes why you can develop a swelling near the ear, however thankfully, most of these swellings are benign (not cancerous).

Swollen Lymph Node in Front of Ear Causes

One of the most common causes of lumps or bumps near the ear is a swollen lymph node. Lymph nodes are small, oval-shaped glands found in various parts of the body, consisting of the neck and around the ear.

They consist of immune cells and filter getting into microorganisms (bacteria or infections) to protect the body from disease. However, they can likewise swell due to a deadly growth (cancer) near or far from the ear. Lymph nodes tend to swell and can cause other symptoms like fever, inflammation, pain and tiredness.Swollen lymph node in front of ear

Lymph glands found in front of the ear are called preauricular lymph nodes, which drain lymph from around the eyes, cheeks, and scalp near the temples.

A condition called oculoglandular syndrome caused by Chlamydia trachomatis or adenovirus includes severe conjunctivitis, eyelid swelling, corneal ulcer, and swelling of preauricular lymph nodes. They might also enlarge due to other viral illnesses, cat-scratch fever, lymphoma, or a condition called trypanosomiasis.

Lymph nodes discovered behind the ears are postauricular lymph nodes and they may swell due to measles or toxoplasmosis.

Lumps due to regional skin infection causes boils and abscesses, which include pus. Injury from bug bites or severe injuries can produce small pockets of blood in the tissues called hematoma can likewise cause swellings around the ear. Mumps, a viral health problem impacting the salivary gland near the ear, causes a large swelling accompanied by fever and pain.

The skin around the ear, much like other parts of the body, can develop swellings from sebaceous cysts, which are sacs filled with pus, excess oil and dead skin cells. Lipoma (fat) or a fibroma (fibrous tissue) can also develop under the skin and seem like a doughy mass that grows slowly under the skin. These are benign sores that might be surgically eliminated if required.

Cancerous growths around the ear may be because of lymphoma (cancer of the lymphatics), cancer malignancy (cancer of the skin), or other types of growths.

Swollen Lymph Node in Front of Ear Symptoms

Depending upon the cause of your swelling near the ear, symptoms might include fever, pain, tenderness, itching, existence of pus or discharge, inflammation, swelling, and heat. Viral illnesses may be accompanied by cough, chills, sweating, headaches, sore throat and runny nose.

You should see a doctor if these symptoms do not improve with typical home care or if the symptoms worsen.

Swollen lymph nodes typically disappear within two to three weeks. If the swelling near the ear does not become smaller or has the tendency to grow bigger after 3 weeks it is best to seek medical assessment for appropriate diagnosis and early treatment.

While infection and benign lesions are more typical among young individuals, deadly (cancerous) growth are most likely amongst people older than 40-45 years.

Infectious mononucleosis

Infectious mono, peripheral smear, high power showing reactive lymphocytes

Health Tips

The “marbles” or little “BBs” below your skin are called lymph nodes or glands. When your body goes through difference changes some can swell or something similar and it can be a little painful if its really active.

You can really discover these all over your body if you look; in the neck/chin (like under your jaw around the bottom of your face, near the ears, in the arm pits, around the pubic area left and right. Absolutely nothing to stress over at all. If you eliminate them from your body, then perhaps a minor issue might establish.

They are simply swollen lymph nodes. They typically flare up if you have been ill or had some kind of infection. They disappear (don’t despair).

Good luck! Have a nice weekend!


Updated: 04.08.2018 — 19:32


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  1. I’ve had a painful swollen preaucular lymph node for almost a year and I’ve talked to my new Dr and my dentist and nobody has paid any mind to it no feeling it no checking my ears absolutely nothing and I’ve had ovarian cancer so I do have a history. Also as a child my lymphnodes under my arms got really swollen. Im extremely concerned and want test to be done but do not know who to talk to that will listen?

    1. Tahir Mannanov

      Don’t worry Dianna Ryan. You need to find a good doctor.

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