Hi, Hopefully you can help me out. I'm 26, male, and I have had a swollen lymph node(soft swelling) behind my left ear reaching the jaw line. I been to a walk in clinic 3 times and they say it's ear infection and give me antibiotics, which haven't worked at all. There is also fluid in the right ear. I also have mild folliculitis in my beard with a bald spot near that won't heal with antibiotics. I was prescribed a cream for the folliculitis which I couldn't afford with no health care. The swollen lymph node/ear infection has lasted around 2 years and the 3 visits to the clinic have been in the past 2 months. I don't have headaches, I never get sick, I don't have night sweats, I have dry skin rashes, Ive had eczema all my life, I can't gain weight. The ear infection isn't painful just popping when I swallow and a bit of sensation around the lymph node and in the ear. I have HPV that causes warts that have pretty much went away and stayed away except for a couple spots that i'm unsure of, I have a lot of energy, I smoke around a quarter gram of marijuana a day. From 17-23 I had horrible heartburn, mostly at night, on a daily basis, I changed my diet as of late and rarely get heartburn and nothing like I used to. I just don't understand why I can't get rid of these infections and why they would last so long. Anyway, Sorry to ramble on, I'm just giving you a lot of information because I don't have health insurance and rarely get the amazing opportunity to talk to a doctor.
Eczema, can be located in the ear canal, too.
One of its form is a wet eczema, manifested with swollen and moistened ear canal skin, causing itching, fluid drainage from the ear and very rarely, ear pain.
Very often, a bacterial infection can develop on the eczematous skin, making its diagnosis more difficult.
However, a chronic ear problem, is always something that have to be checked by an ETN physician (at least, ask for a microbiological swab from the ear fluid to find if you really have a bacterial infection and antibiogram, testing which antibiotic is most effective for the isolated bacteria).