What Is The Cause Of The Small Lump Behind The Right Ear? Is It Dangerous?

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I wanted to ask the doctor beforehand I just found out there was a small lump behind my right ear after a little dizziness but after I pressed it felt a little dizzy again? is it dangerous for me?

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Hello, Nusantara Abadi


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Here are some of the possible causes of a small lump behind your ear:


1. Dermoid cyst, is a cyst derived from secondary embryonic cells, the dermal layer. It is a congenital lesion that most people experience. In a dermoid cyst, physical examination reveals a mass of soft tissue of the skin that is firm, supple and free-moving.


2. Epidermoid cyst, is a benign tumor under the skin that can appear on any part of the skin. Epidermoid cysts are round under the skin, brown or yellow in color, appear small blackheads in the middle of the cyst like an eye cyst, filled with thick and smelly fluid.


3. Atheroma cysts, are cysts that usually appear in small pockets behind the surface of the skin, filled with oil, caused by clogging of the sweat glands or hair follicles. They are hard lumps, move freely, and contain odorous oil accumulations.


4. Lipoma, is a fat lump that grows slowly, between the skin and the muscle layer. The lipoma can move freely or slide if it is pressed with a finger slowly and feels soft. The lipoma is painless when pressed. Lipoma does not require serious treatment, because lipoma is usually not dangerous.


5. Hemangioma, is a birthmark in the form of a spongy, bright red bulge on the skin, due to an overgrowth of blood vessels. The red color appears, due to the widening of the blood vessels on the surface of the skin. Sometimes, hemangiomas can be bluish or purple in color, if they occur in blood vessels in a deeper layer.


6. Lymphadenopathy, is enlarged lymph nodes. In the form of a bulge, may be accompanied by redness, swelling, pain, night sweats, and fever. Causes of lymphadenopathy include malignancy, infection, autoimmune disorders, and iatrogenic causes. Generalized lymphadenopathy occurs in 2 or more different anatomical regions, whereas localized lymphadenopathy occurs in 1 region only.


7. Lymphadenitis, is inflammation that occurs in the lymph nodes. Symptoms of swelling, redness, discharge from lumps, fever, loss of appetite, night sweats, and symptoms of respiratory tract infections can be found.

You need to be aware of the following:


1. The lump does not shrink, it feels bigger and bigger over time


2. The inflammation that occurs does not subside


3. Lumps accompanied by sores, and discharge of pus, or blood


4. Lumps accompanied by fever that never goes away


5. Cough that is prolonged, more than 2 weeks


6. Drastic weight loss for no apparent reason


7. There are complaints of weakness, fatigue, lethargy for no apparent reason

Here's what you can do:


1. Do not force pressure on the lump, to prevent secondary infection that can occur


2. Stay calm, don't panic and worry


3. If you feel pain and swelling, you can take pain relievers and anti-inflammatory drugs


4. We recommend that you consult directly to an ENT specialist or surgeon, so that a physical examination, treatment and possibly appropriate medical action can be performed.

Thus, hopefully this is useful.

dr. Vallensia Nurdiana Febriyanti

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