Yes it is painful to touch the lymph node. Not much pain inside the ear now. I have a little bit of sore throat only not much. The rash is on the right side of the forehead only & it is a bit itchy but not swollen or painful. I have used Ciprodex on my right ear. The pain is mostly on the back of the right ear. I have no trouble hearing. If the blood test is normal, could it be the presence of any tumour?