For years I have had bumps on the back of my head, near my ears. They are tender to the touch sometimes but don't hurt. Recently, I woke up in the morning to a new bump directly behind my ea, and the morning after that I woke up to 4 lumps down the side of my neck, 3 pea-sized and one about the diameter of a nickel. My neck is a little stiff and sore. I have always had a lot of cysts (earlobes, hands, etc etc) but these are fixed and don't feel like cysts. Any ideas?
The description of the lumps mentioned in the history might be due to inflammed and enlarged lymph nodes (post auricular group of lymph nodes) probably due to nasopharyngeal infections (stiff and sore neck).
Lymph nodes are part of the lymphatic system, where white blood cells (lymphocytes) mature and âââundergo clonal multiplication. The lymphocytes are important for fighting the infection and clearing the âââviruses and bacteria from the body. Hence during any infection it is common for the lymph nodes to âââincrease in size and also become a bit tender (pain on application of pressure). â
You can take anti inflammatory medications like Advil or motrin for a few days, which will reduce the âinflammation and the pain. Within a few days, the nodes will decrease in size and you will be back to ânormal. â
In addition, you may also consult your doctor for a prescription of antibiotics to treat any infections like âsinusitis or pharyngitis, that you may be having. â
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