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Forum Name: Lymphoma

Question: Small lump under right ear lobe by jaw line

 boxgirl73 - Mon Aug 06, 2007 12:03 pm

my husband noticed this bump last week when shaving. he also has an ingrown hair pretty much directly across from where the swollen node or gland is. he's 36 and a non smoker and showing no other symptoms of any illness. he went to his primary dr and was told that the ingrown hair is probably causing it to swell a bit due to possibly fighting a slight infection from the cheek. and, he was NOT given antibiotics since dr said it should go away on its own. if not better, he's to come back in 30 days. i then called an ENT and booked him an appt for 2 weeks from now rather than waiting 4 weeks. did some reading on the net and being the worrier that i am, i am freaking out that it's cancer. he only has one noticeable spot on him. no fatigue, no itching, sweating.

could this really just be caused by his ingrown hair that has been irritated for about a week and in the cheek area it was swollen a bit where the hair was....

also, is this where a lymph node actually is? or is it possibly his parotid gland? if that's the gland swelling, would he have to have any other symptoms for cancer or could he possibly have it without showing any signs of illness?

i just hope it's nothing obvioulsy and that i'm overreacting.
 boxgirl73 - Tue Aug 07, 2007 6:04 pm

to be clear, it's under the tip of the lobe, not behind the lobe.

is there someone, a dr, who can tell me what lymph node this would be and if it's common to have a swollen one due to an ingrown hair on the cheek?

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