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This symptom can also be referred to as:
Swollen backend of the jaw

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3 Potential Enlargement of the Area in Front of Your Ear Causes

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  1. 1.Bulimia

    Bulimia Nervosa is an eating disorder. People suffering from this condition sometimes will eat huge amounts of food, and might take extreme steps such as making themselves vomit to avoid putting on weight.

    With appropriate treatment, recovery is very likely.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    anxiety, irritability, stomach bloating, trouble sleeping, difficulty concentrating
    Symptoms that always occur with bulimia:
    vomiting after binge eating
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

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  2. 2.Infection of the Salivary Duct (Sialadenitis)

    The ducts that create saliva can be infected by bacteria and is typically found after surgery in the mouth and in the elderly that take medications that slow saliva production.

    Prognosis is good if you get treatment early, very poor if not. 78% of people die if treatment is not started in time.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fever, chills, swelling on one side of the face, pain on one side of the face, swollen jaw
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room
  3. 3.Mumps

    Mumps or "the mumps" is a viral infection for which most people have been vaccinated when they were a child. Though in rare cases, even vaccinated people can still get sick. Symptoms of the mumps are swelling of the parotid gland (this gland produces your spit and is located in the cheek), fever, face pain and a sore throat.

    Usually resolves within 2 weeks.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    headache, fatigue, muscle aches, fever, swelling of the face, jaw or parotid gland
    Symptoms that always occur with mumps:
    swelling of the face, jaw or parotid gland
    Urgency:
    Phone call or in-person visit

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Enlargement of the Area in Front of Your Ear

  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?
  • Q.Are you experiencing a headache?
  • Q.Have you been feeling more tired than usual, lethargic or fatigued despite sleeping a normal amount?
  • Q.Is your swollen area warm and red?

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Enlargement of the Area in Front of Your Ear Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced enlargement of the area in front of your ear have also experienced:

    • 28% Swollen Jaw
    • 16% Jaw Pain
    • 4% Moderate Jaw Pain
  • People who have experienced enlargement of the area in front of your ear were most often matched with:

    • 29% Infection of the Salivary Duct (Sialadenitis)
    • 28% Mumps
    • 1% Bulimia
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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