Swollen lymph nodes behind the ear indicate an infection. They can be felt with the fingers and are painless in most cases. The lymph nodes swell as soon as a bacterial, viral or fungal infection occurs. Then they produce additional antibodies to find the infectious agents.
In the human body there are between 600 and 700 lymph nodes, located for example in the armpit and groin, near the internal organs and also on the neck and behind the ears. Here the lymph nodes are located on the temporal bone and under the posterior muscle of the ear. If they swell, you can feel them behind the auricle with your fingers.
You can feel a swollen or enlarged lymph node with your hands, then you will feel a lump under the skin. When you have a cold or an other infection, you can notice a swelling on the side of your neck or just behind your ears. This are the lymph nodes currently fighting the infectious agents. If the person is healthy, the lymph nodes are usually not noticeable.
Depending on the severity of the infection, the lymph nodes can swell up to two centimetres, then they strongly fight against the infectious agents. If the swelling, regardless of size, does not subside over three weeks and there is no indication of infection, a doctor should be consulted to determine the cause of the enlarged lymph nodes.
Lymph nodes behind the ear swell when the person is suffering from a bacterial, viral or fungal infection in the ear, throat or eye. Another cause can also be an allergic reaction. The infections that specifically affect the lymph nodes behind the ear are:
The lymph nodes behind the ear can also swell if the person has sores on the neck. In an autoimmune disease, the immune system is weakened, and this can also cause the nodes to swell. In addition, with some cancers, such as lymphoma or leukaemia, swollen lymph nodes behind the ear can be the first sign of the disease.
For swollen lymph nodes on the neck, behind the ear, under the arm or in the groin area, an appointment should be booked with the doctor if:
The symptoms of swollen lymph nodes can often be treated with homeopathic remedies, acupuncture or home remedies.
For swollen lymph nodes, the following homeopathic remedies are often recommended by an alternative practitioner:
The following home remedies are recommended for treating lymph node swelling:
For swollen lymph nodes, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) can also help support the immune system through acupuncture. Acupuncture therapy can usually successfully treat the immune deficiency and some inflammations. Fine needles are inserted into the surface of the body along the meridians to release the dysfunctions.