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

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A.I. Health Assistant Causes for Enlargement of the Area in Front of Your Ear

The list below shows results from the use of our A.I. Health Assistant by Buoy users who experienced enlargement of the area in front of your ear. This list does not constitute medical advice.

  1. 1.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
  2. 2.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:
    Ultra 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
  3. 3.Skin Cyst

    An epidermoid cyst is a closed sac under the skin filled with a cheese-like or oily material. It is caused by trauma or surgery.

    Resolves with treatment

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    skin-colored armpit bump, marble sized armpit lump, small armpit lump
    Symptoms that always occur with skin cyst:
    skin-colored armpit bump
    Urgency:
    Wait and watch
  4. 4.Skin Abscess

    A skin abscess is an infection of the deeper skin that's typically due to bacteria seen on the skin. Recently, infections are more frequently caused by Staph. Aureus (puts the "staph" in "staph infections"), which is dangerous and requires treatment.

    Good prognosis with treatment

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    rash with bumps or blisters, red rash, red skin bump larger than 1/2 cm in diameter, pus-filled rash, rash
    Symptoms that always occur with skin abscess:
    rash with bumps or blisters
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

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  5. 5.Lipoma

    A lipoma is a noncancerous growth of fatty tissue cells. A lipoma can develop in almost any organ of the body although they are most commonly found in the subcutaneous layer just below the skin.

    Resolves with treatment

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    skin-colored groin bump, marble sized groin lump, small groin lump
    Symptoms that always occur with lipoma:
    skin-colored groin bump
    Urgency:
    Wait and watch
  6. 6.Boil (Furuncle)

    Boils are infections of a hair follicle that creates a small pocket of inflammation full of pus. It's typically caused by a common bacteria called S. Aureus.

    5-10 days

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    pink or red facial bump, small facial lump, painful facial bump, marble sized facial lump, constant skin changes
    Symptoms that always occur with boil (furuncle):
    pink or red facial bump
    Symptoms that never occur with boil (furuncle):
    fever
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  7. 7.Wart

    Warts are non-serious skin growths caused by a virus that infects the top layer of the skin. They are contagious. Thus, warts on the face are often spread there by the hands, and vice versa.

    78% go away in 2 years

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    small facial lump, painless facial bump, skin-colored facial bump, scaly facial bump
    Symptoms that never occur with wart:
    headache
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  8. 8.Enlarged Lymph Nodes in the Neck

    Enlarged lymph nodes occur when the node becomes larger as it fills with inflammatory cells. This often is a result of an infection but can occur without a known cause.

    Enlarged lymph nodes should go away within a week or two.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    neck bump, movable neck lump
    Symptoms that always occur with enlarged lymph nodes in the neck:
    neck bump
    Symptoms that never occur with enlarged lymph nodes in the neck:
    unintentional weight loss, fever, hard neck lump
    Urgency:
    Phone call or in-person visit

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

  • Q.Have you ever forced yourself to vomit after eating?
  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?
  • Q.Have you been feeling more tired than usual, lethargic or fatigued despite sleeping a normal amount?
  • Q.Are you experiencing a headache?

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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:

    • 75% Infection of the Salivary Duct (Sialadenitis)
    • 25% Mumps
  • 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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