Finding a new lump anywhere on the body may be really frightening.
It's normal to worry about a lump, located behind your ear, especially if it causes pain and discomfort.
We have some good news for you: in vast majority of cases these bumps are innocuous and don't lead to serious complications.
However sometimes they require taking medications, like in the case of infection.
Touch swollen area behind the ear and try to recognize, whether it is soft or tender, painful or not. It's also very important to pay attention on additional symptom, like fever, ear discharge, headache etc.
Some of the bumps refer to skin issues, while others are related to swollen lymph nodes.
It's worth not ignoring new formations and not trying to treat them by your own. Consult with medical professional to identify underlying reason for the lump and get optimal treatment, if needed.
Specialists say that most lumps, located behind the ear, are caused by any of these conditions:
#1. Lymphadenopathy – lymph nodes are essential components of the immune system. They are located all over your body, including the neck, armpits, groin and head. If foreign agents, such as viruses or bacteria, enter your body, lymph nodes become enlarged. Swollen nodes behind the ear commonly occur because of skin or ear infection, but may be also a symptom of infectious mononucleosis, measles and even HIV infection.
#2. Acne – if dead skin cells and sebum clog the skin pores, pimples and bumps develop. Sometimes these breakouts may get infected and inflamed that leads to their enlargement. In severe cases pimples may turn into the acne cysts. Acne-related lumps are painful, especially when you press on them.