What You Need To Know About That Lump Behind Your Ear

A lump behind the ear is usually referred to a localized area of swelling behind the ear. Painless lumps can be associated with lipoma or benign tumors, while painful lumps are associated with abscesses, acne, or dermatitis. Ear lumps are usually not serious and can be treated with a few home remedies. However, if the lumps or the symptoms persist for too long, it's recommended to seek medical attention.

It’s completely natural to get frightened by something abnormal going on with your body, such as a most evident lump right behind your ear. Along with making you worry about its overall unsightliness, it is also bound to make you frantically wonder as to what is causing it, and whether it can even be treated. And if the lump is accompanied by a feeling of pain or discomfort, it’s only going to make matters worse.

The good news is, there’s usually nothing to worry about. Nonetheless, you do need to be aware of a few things – like what’s causing those lumps to begin with, and what sort of a treatment you may have to seek.


Let’s start with what we really mean by a lump behind the ear.

What Is A Lump Behind The Ear?

A lump behind the ear is usually referred to a localized area of swelling of certain glands called auricular lymph nodes. This can result in the formation of one or multiple lumps that can occur not just behind but on any part of your ear. These parts may include your earlobe or your ear canal. There are some other terms that are often used to describe a lump behind ear, such as a tumor, cyst, bump, and nodule.

Nature, appearance, and size: Lumps behind the ear have the tendency to swing both ways. They can either be completely painless or very painful, they can either be soft or firm to touch, and they may either be big or small in size.


Sometimes, these lumps may maintain the same size all throughout, while in some cases lumps can grow larger either very rapidly or very slowly. Luckily, lumps behind the ear rarely grow larger than the size of a pea.

Some people may also notice either a single lump or multiple lumps, growing in a cluster.

What Causes A Lump Behind The Ear?

Lumps behind the ear are usually a common occurrence and as mentioned earlier, is usually not an indication of something serious.

A painless lump behind the ear can be associated with a variety of causes such as:


Painful lumps, on the other hand, may be caused by:


How To Diagnose A Lump Behind The Ear On Your Own

There are certain kinds of lumps behind the ear that warrant medical attention, while some are harmless and can be left alone. It is always recommended to visit a doctor when you notice these lumps. However, some tips can help you determine potential causes of your lump.

Touch Your Lump


Look Closely At Your Lump

Note: This could be a little difficult at first but if you can pull your earlobe to the front and look sideways into the mirror, you can, at the very least, get a glimpse of what your lump looks like.


Listen To Your Body

Sometimes, it is possible to detect the cause of a lump behind the ear by paying attention to the way your body responds to it. For instance, if your lump is accompanied by a fever or a sore throat, it is very likely an infection. If on the other hand, your lump is painless with no symptoms at all, it’s most likely a lipoma.

If you find the signs or the lumps behind your ear getting worse or continuing to persist for too long, do consult your doctor immediately.


Treating Lumps Behind The Ear

Lumps behind the ear caused by lipomas are usually not serious and tend to go away on their own without any treatment. All other causes of lumps behind the ear, however, can be treated depending on what the cause of the lump is.

Home Remedies For Treating Lumps Behind The Ear

In some cases, lumps can even be treated at home. These cases include:


When to See a Doctor

Home remedies are usually the best when it comes to treating a condition, but this is only for short periods. If you notice your symptoms refusing to go away and you experience no relief at all, it is time you gave your ear lump some good medical attention.

Do seek out medical help without fail, if:

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