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It started with an extremely huge and painful lump on my actual ear, which I am assuming was a cyst or horrible pimple. At the same time, my lymph node (or so I think) under my ear on that same side was swollen. The ear seems to finally be healing, and the swollen lymph node is gone I believe. But now, I have this lump under my skin on my face right in front of my ear. I have no health insurance, and I am very worried that this could be something more serious than I hope. I thought maybe it was an infection that would pass in time, but the more research I do the more I get worried because I see a lot of things leading to tumors. Also, around the same time the pimple or cyst on my ear began, I started having problems with my eye. It is extremely painful, red and swollen. I was told it was just a sty, but it keeps reoccuring and moving from the top eyelid to the bottom, same side of face as everything else. Please help!! :(

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replied May 17th, 2010
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Hi, welcome to the ehealth forum and I am glad to help you.
You seem concerned by the swelling in front of right ear along with painful, red and swollen eye involving both upper and lower eyelids.
There are a couple of conditions which come to my mind on reading your post.
1- a pre-auricular cyst arising from a pre-existing pre-auricular sinus (a small congenital pit which sometimes goes unnoticed and at times is bilateral). if it gets infected, it leads to a pre-auricular abscess.
2- a parotid lymph node (found in the substance of the parotid gland).
There are other differential diagnoses as well like parotid swelling and abscess, parotid tumour etc. - but one has to clinically examine before arriving at a diagnosis. So, i suggest that you should consult your GP first.
Good luck.
Note: This answer is not intended as and does not substitute for medical advice - the information presented is for patient education only. Please see your personal physician for further evaluation of your individual case.

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