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Is there any pain with it?
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Hi, I was already assisting another patient when this message from you got posted, I will follow up with you at the earliest, thanks!
Okay I am back, service is extremely busy, and thanks for the waiting.
Are you available for discussion now? Take your time.
Is the pain very severe or just mild?
any injuries or trauma to that area where the lump is located?
for how long you have this?
Okay I see, if you have to take a guess - was this probably sitting there for long time or do you feel possibly this happened very recently?
yes I got it, thanks
hashimoto thyroiditis should not cause a lump near the ear.
I had asked a question above, take your time.
okay I see, and any ear, throat infections or tonsillitis etc?
Any other swellings anywhere else? any recent weight loss?
Okay, I will discuss the possibilities now
First of all if this came on recently this is less likely anything serious
this could be some unusual type of infection related growth
may be coming from mastoid bone (the bone you are mentioning)
yes I see your points, I will explain
That is why I asked any other swellings, growths
but it doesn't look like any other swellings or growths
just with one growth we cannot really conclude a tumor possibility
of course you need a thorough clinical examination too
yes, definitely that you have found no other swelling is geat sign
so this could be a local infectious process, or some other benign growth (non-cancerous)
ideally you may see an ENT
because after the clinical examination they may need ear related scans too
to get more info on this swelling
to find out whether it is coming from mastoid antrum of the ear etc
yes you can definitely try hot or cold compressors on that area
tab tylenol or advil is fine too
You are welcome, I once again reassure you that most likely and hopefully this is not a cancerous growth, all the best!
Okay I see
the annoying feeling should respond to heat or cold
You are welcome, all the best!
I once again wish you all the best!
I am glad to be of help!