Im 17 and have had a couple of hard, round and unmovable lumps in my neck and one behind my left ear. They are solid and not painful at all but in the last few days they seem to have multiplied, its gone from about 2 (for the last 3 or so years) to about 9 (in the last few days). Any ideas would be appreciated, im going to the doctors soon though (ive been twice before, once i was administered a cream to apply to the lumps but nothing changed and the other doctor seemed to be some kind of herbalist who said it could be "fat build ups caused by masturbation").
By the way ive read from previous posts that its most likely not an imflamed lymph node as it isnt painful at all and i havnt been sick recently. Ive had two cysts in the past, on in my throat and one in my bottom lip but they havnt "spread" like this has.
Welcome to the ehealthforum and I am really glad to help you out.
Most lumps behind the ear are due to infections or benign tumors of soft tissue origin. Behind the ear there is skin, fat, cartilage, bone, nerves, blood vessels, Lymph nodes, and salivary gland tissue (a portion of the parotid salivary gland extends behind the ear). A bump can develop from any of those structures, and could be due to a tumor (benign or not), an infection (Lymph node or skin), a swollen muscle or salivary gland, etc.
If the lumps are there in the neck also then swollen lymph nodes should be ruled out.
My suggestion would be to wait it out for a few weeks to see if it changes in size. If it gets smaller, it was nothing. If it happens to get bigger, then make an appointment with your doctor.
It is very difficult to precisely confirm a diagnosis without examination and investigations and the answer is based on the medical information provided. For exact diagnosis, you are requested to consult your doctor. I sincerely hope that helps. Take care.
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