Thinking about lump behind the ear? It’s time to stop

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Often lump behind ear is harmless, but sometimes it is due to an infection or some other medical condition. 

What is a lump?

A lump is the swelling or bulge in a specific area on the skin. Lumps are swollen places beneath the surface of the skin. Lumps are of many types, including cysts and lipomas. It can be an alarming situation when a lump pops up under your skin, but most of the time, it is not harmful. Depending on the location of lump along with its look and the way it feels, it can help doctors in judging about it. A doctor can tell you correctly about the lump that whether it is harmless or not. A lump behind ear is popping up of skin behind your ear. It has different sizes.

Main causes of lump behind ear

Lump behind ear
Lump behind ear

Several factors cause a lump behind ear, which includes:

  • Acne
  • Chickenpox
  • Infection
  • Cysts
  • Infection in tissues and ear


Sometimes the hair follicles in your skin clog due to dead skin and oil. This is the primary reason for the formation of acne on your skin. This results in a lump behind ear. 


Chickenpox is a skin disease in which small red blisters are all over the body. Sometimes you feel it behind your ear too, and this can be a reason for lumps formation.


Sometimes you get some kind of viral or bacterial infections, which results in the formation of a lump behind ear. 


Cysts are small bulging areas under your skin. All cysts are not cancerous, but if they are, then we call them tumors. Sometimes lumps behind your ears are just cysts. 

Infection is tissues and ear

Sometimes the tissues of a certain area of your skin may be caught up with an infection, and when your body reacts for the killing of infection, pus is formed, which we see as a lump. Same as when some infection hits our ear, it can form bump behind ear too.

The thing to consider: bump behind ear

The thing that matters most is the location of bumps. Bump behind ear can be non-dangerous, but in rare cases, it can be cancerous. Lumps and bumps have a difference, which is that lumps are under your skin, and bumps can be over or under your skin. You may have bumps in a number of places. This topic will cover it all.  You have bumps on following places including bump behind ear:

  • Bump on your neck
  • Bump on your back or shoulders
  • Bump on your wrist or foot
  • Bump behind ear
  • Bump on your breast

Bump on your neck

It will be a soft and moveable bump under your skin. Moveable means it can slide down or up while pressing. You will not feel any pain while touching it. It can be swollen fat cells in this part, known as a lipoma. They can be at any place of your body, but most are on your neck. There is no need to visit a doctor if you have this because it is not dangerous at all. Sometimes it can be at the front side of your neck, and you find it not pleasant in looking. In this case, you can contact your plastic surgeon to remove it. Otherwise, it is not dangerous. 

Bump on your back or shoulders

It will be a hard bump with sometimes puss in it. A bump on your back, chest, or shoulder is often resulting from acne. Acne occurs when your pores are clogged due to dead skin or oil. Our shoulders and back bumps are a result of acne and are not a serious issue. Consult a dermatologist if you have this issue and take the precautions and medicine to get rid of it. 

Bump on your wrist or foot

It will be a soft bump with some fluid in it. It doesn’t move, and its size can increase or decrease randomly. This is a sign of fluid leakage from a joint. They don’t need to get cured, they cure by themselves or sometimes you just leave them until you feel any pain or discomfort. In this case, visit a doctor.

Bump behind ear

It will be a small bump behind ear, resemble a mole. It can be cancerous and occur due to sun exposure. A visit to your doctor is good in this case because the doctor will tell you if it is dangerous or not.

Bump on your breast

It will be a rubbery, moveable, or firm lump with fluid in it and has an irregular shape. It can be a normal cyst or sometimes a tumor. It is advisable to visit your doctor immediately and let him check thoroughly and send you for a biopsy if needed.

Bumps behind ear: diagnosis and cure

Bumps behind ear are a thing which is first notice by us. When you feel bumps behind ear, check them first by applying some pressure. If they are not painful, then they might be cysts, and there is nothing to worry about. But if you feel pain or bleeding in bumps behind ear, then it is necessary to visit your doctor. Let the doctor examine your bumps behind ear, and then he will tell you if they are harmful or not. In case if they are harmful, then you should take proper medications and avoid touching your bumps behind ear again and again. Don’t press them and try to avoid direct sun exposure because, in this case, your bumps behind the ear can get cancerous due to sun rays. 

All about posterior auricular lymph nodes

The fluid is returned to our central system from our tissues with the help of lymph, lymph nodes, and lymph vessels. Lymph nodes filter that fluid, and if found any infection in it, lymph nodes then fight against it. Lymph nodes behind our ears are called posterior auricular lymph nodes and have a vital role in the immune system. 

Posterior auricular lymph nodes filter the lymph fluid of different areas of the face, including scalp and neck too. Lymph nodes are so small that we can’t even feel them. Sometimes a harmful particle is found in lymph fluid, and lymph nodes apply force to remove it, this force could be hard enough that they swell. This swelling is an alarm of infection in the body. Posterior auricular lymph nodes can get swell when there is an infection or injury in any part of the face, neck, or scalp. This situation is not simple because sometimes, this infection could be cancerous.  When you feel swelling in your posterior auricular lymph nodes, it’s better to consult a doctor. The doctor will do a thorough examination and may take your blood or other tests in order to reach the root cause. Once the root cause is identified, it will be clear that why you’re posterior auricular lymph nodes are swollen. The doctor then prescribes you treatment to cure your swelling.

Your worst enemy: painful lump behind ear

A cyst behind your ear sometimes turns in to a painful lump behind ear. These cysts are normally full of fluid. They are moveable in some cases, while in others, they are not moveable. A doctor examination is a must for such cysts which are not moveable. A painful lump behind ear can have a number of causes:

  • Infections
  • Sinuses
  • Tumor
  • Fat tissues


Infection is the most common cause of painful lump behind ear. You may get an ear infection or an infection in the neck or face area, which in result formed a lump behind your ear, which is sometimes painful as well. To cure infections, doctors first examine if they are viral or bacterial infections, then they may give you antibiotics in case if they are bacterial infections.


If you are a patient of sinuses, then you may have a swollen lymph node, which results in a painful lump behind ear. For sinuses patients, it is advisable to tell the doctor about their medical condition first. The doctor then gives them medicine by taking in to account their medical condition too.


If you have a painful lump behind ear, it is sometimes alarming because of the fact that it can be a tumor. Doctor will do your biopsy if he feels this lump cancerous, and then he will give a final statement after the result of the biopsy. However, tumors are curable by surgeries and then chemotherapy.

Fat tissues

Painful lump behind ear is sometimes just a result of collective fat tissues. Although fat tissues are very rare behind ear, this can also is a cause for some people, especially those who have more fat in their bodies. A doctor only confirms this.

This topic concludes that lump behind ear is not harmful in most cases, but it is always better to keep an eye on your lumps and bumps and immediately visit a doctor if you find them growing, immovable, hard, painful, itchy, red and tender.

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