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I have a bump that has formed on the top of my ear from a cartilage piercing that never healed. Is there a way to remove this?

I have a bump that has formed on the top of my ear from a cartilage piercing that never healed.  Is there a way to remove this?

Probably scar: This could either be a scar or perhaps a small cyst from trapped skin or inflamed cartilage. You can never completely remove a scar but it might be reduced in size and made less visible. Consult with a facial plastic surgeon for best treatment. Be aware that you probably will not be able to wear jewelry there. ...Read more

Cartilage (Definition)

Cartilage is a specialized type of tissue found in joints and areas that two bones come together. It is made up of specialized cells that live in the midst of proteins and sugars that absorb and release water similar to a sponge. Healthy cartilage helps decrease friction in joints, absorbs shock and protects the ends of the bone. Degradation of ...Read more


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Can scar revision work to remove keloids? I have a bump on the top of my ear from when I had the cartilage pierced several years ago. I have been told it is a keloid. Can scar revision remove this bump permanently? .

Can scar revision work to remove keloids? I have a bump on the top of my ear from when I had the cartilage pierced several years ago. I have been told it is a keloid. Can scar revision remove this bump permanently?
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Keloids : Keloids can be very tough to treat. One might want to consider an injection of a steroid first to see if it will shrink. If not then surgery is the first choice and many times at the time of surgery iwill inject soem steroids while I am closing. Followup is so critical so at the first sign of a recurrence you can have it injected. Wwwbeautybybrueck. ...Read more

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She has a bump behind one ear that is not behind the other. It seems to be firm like cartilage. She hadn't noticed it until it started itching today.

She has a bump behind one ear that is not behind the other. It seems to be firm like cartilage. She hadn't noticed it until it started itching today.

Must be examined: Never ignore any unexplained "bump" — possible lymph noted, lipoma, bony exostosis or calcified sebaceous cyst: I suggest evaluation and if needed, surgical excision. ...Read more

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Hi. I have 2 bumps on my ears. 1 is on my right ear and it feels like cartilage. The other one is smaller and on my left ear and hurts when I touch it?

Bumps: IT'S not possible to make a diagnosis without examining these bumps. It's especially important to get examined in view of the tender bump especially if there's associated redness which may be indicative of an infected cyst. ...Read more

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The cartilage on the inside of my left ear hurts. It is right above my ear drum, looks more red and noticeable bump, hurts when touching it? Took a pic

The cartilage on the inside of my left ear hurts. It is right above my ear drum, looks more red and noticeable bump, hurts when touching it? Took a pic

Picture?: It is impossible to say without certainty without seeing the image. May be a pimple or a small boil. Avoid picking at the bump, keep the area clean, consider topical antibiotic ointment AND if it is increasing in size or has new symptoms have it seen by a physician. ...Read more

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Daughter just found bony bump behind ear. Hard smaller than a bb. Pcp says no lymph nodes thinks cartilage. Bone spur? No xrays done. I'm worried??

Daughter just found bony bump behind ear.  Hard smaller than a bb.  Pcp says no lymph nodes thinks cartilage. Bone spur? No xrays done. I'm worried??

Not sure: Since it is smaller than a BB it is probably nothing to worry about. X-rays are not likely to show much in this area. Just keep an eye on it and if it should start getting larger, then ask again for an evaluation. Meanwhile, ask her not to rub or mess with it (or you either!) Just check once a week or so. ...Read more

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I have a painful purple bump the size of a very large pimple in my ear near the cartilage. What could this possibly be?

I have a painful purple bump the size of a very large pimple in my ear near the cartilage. What could this possibly be?

Painful=infection: It may have started a obstructed pore/follicle now infected...skin discoloration and painful lesion may be indicative of MRSA cellulitis/abscess formation...get seen by doctor the may decide to open it drain it and culture the discharge to identify the bacteria...good luck ...Read more

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I have a swollen, red hard bump on the cartilage/earlobe area of my ear. I would say it is about the size of two peas. Appeared today, no head to it.

I have a swollen, red hard bump on the cartilage/earlobe area of my ear. I would say it is about the size of two peas. Appeared today, no head to it.

Ear papule: Could try warm soaks and topical bacitacin x 12 hours , if not improving or getting worse go to ENT or ER as may need lancing, antibiotics and if on ccatilage a pressure dressing ...Read more

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Left top of ear in pain and feel a small bump on the actual ear, what can this be? Just felt it today.

Left top of ear in pain and feel a small bump on the actual ear, what can this be? Just felt it today.

Pressure sore.: If you lay on the same side routinely the ear can form a pressure sore, called weinklers nodule. You should have it checked. The other possibility could be skin tumor. ...Read more

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Behind my right ear close to the top and middle hurts to be touched? It's not red and there's no bump.

Behind my right ear close to the top and middle hurts to be touched? It's not red and there's no bump.

Tender to touch? : I am unclear if it is tender if you touch the area or if you move your ear. The diagnosis would depend on A number of things. Do you have a sore throat? Do you have an infection on your scalp? Do you have an earache? ...Read more

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What should you do if you have a bump inside your eye on the top corner towards the ear.?

What should you do if you have a bump inside your eye on the top corner towards the ear.?

See eye MD: See your eye md to determine whether it is a minor problem, or something more serious. ...Read more

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My friend has a raised hard bump behind her left ear at the top next to the hairline, it's painful to touch and swollen.

Cyst: This is either a sebaceous cyst (epidermal inclusion cyst) or a trichilemmal cyst. There is a small chance of this being a lymph node, but if the overlying skin is red and it looks like it is coming to a head then it is the former. They are benign. Treatment when inflammed is a moist heat pack several times/ day and time. ...Read more

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Have a water bump on the outer top part of ear. At first ear was jus hot and red, then it started swelling and then a liquid filled bump. Any ideas?

Have a water bump on the outer top part of ear. At first ear was jus hot and red, then it started swelling and then a liquid filled bump. Any ideas?

Infection or cyst: You don't say if there was trauma first, but if there was no trauma, the swelling could be from an infection from a hair follicle or it could be a cystic lesion. Do yourself a favor and have a dermatologist evaluate the area to help eliminate the area. ...Read more

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Hard bump up and to the left of my occipital protrusion. Aligns with the top of my ear. Normal skull abnormality? Or something to worry about?

Hard bump up and to the left of my occipital protrusion. Aligns with the top of my ear. Normal skull abnormality? Or something to worry about?

Normal anatomy: Slightly prominent lower nuchal line of with mastoid process the occipital bone. It is not unusual and considered a normal anatomical structure.
Take care. ...Read more

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We have a one-month-old boy who has a rash over the perimeter of his face, ears, and top of neck. The rash is red with tiny bumps. What should we do?

We have a one-month-old boy who has a rash over the perimeter of his face, ears, and top of neck. The rash is red with tiny bumps. What should we do?

It will pass: Baby acne is felt to be triggered by babies high level of maternal hormone levels that sustained the pregnancy ; prepaired for breast feeding. Clamping the cord cuts off new hormone input, but leaving the wet spa of pregnancy puts baby in contact with skin irritants and germs. The process accelerates for a while before peaking ; the intensity varies. Eventually the hormones ; acne are gone. ...Read more

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I have a bump on the left side of my head, above my ear but more towards the top. I sometimes get dizzy when getting up after sitting for a long time.

I have a bump on the left side of my head, above my ear but more towards the top. I sometimes get dizzy when getting up after sitting for a long time.

Explanation: Your dizziness after sitting long time most likely caused by orthostatic hypotension. To avoid this you need drink a lot of fluids!!! And make a short breaks for 5-10 min exercise. Your bump on the head need evaluation, if it growing up ...Read more

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What is the best procedure to get rid of keloids? Permanently? I have one on my ear cartilage on the top by my piercing.

What is the best procedure to get rid of keloids? Permanently? I have one on my ear cartilage on the top by my piercing.

Keloid removal: Keloids from ear-piercing at the cartilage can be excised surgically with minimal chance of recurrence. Steroid injections can also sometimes be helpful. ...Read more

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Red bump on the top of my tooth on the right side. I have now developed an ear ache as well and a white lump on the tip of tounge. Suggestions?

Red bump on the top of my tooth on the right side. I have now developed an ear ache as well and a white lump on the tip of tounge. Suggestions?

Unrelated : The red bump may be an abcess the ear ache can be related, or may be associated with clenching. Or it may be an ear infection. The white bump on the tip of the tongue is probably not related to the red bump. It may be coincidental. Inflamed minor taste buds appear often and are referred to as "lie bumps". See a dentist asap. Too many issues to neglect being seen by your dentist. ...Read more

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My 4 year old son has tiny red bumps on the top of his ear lobes and it seems to be spreading to the outline of his scalp and now on cheeks...any idea?

My 4 year old son has tiny red bumps on the top of his ear lobes and it seems to be spreading to the outline of his scalp and now on cheeks...any idea?

Many possibilities: Rashes that remain localized to specific areas are often reactions to soaps/lotions or other material that was in contact with that area. Specific cause is hard to confirm without an exam and review of possible exposures. ...Read more