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Doctor insights on: Cartilage Piercings

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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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Please tell me if there are any risks of cartilage piercing?

Yes, yes,yes: High ear piercings through cartilage have ^ risk of infection & lack of healing because of minimal blood supply to auricular cartilage. You can develop a perichondral abscess as well auricular perichondritis. If you ear is hot, red, swollen or has increasing pain you need medical evaluation. Nasal Septal Piercing can cause heavy bleeding w formation of a septal hematoma. Significant deformity > ...Read more

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Can you tell me some suggestions from cartilage piercing pain?

Can you tell me some suggestions from cartilage piercing pain?

Frankly -would avoid: getting cartilage pierced. High ear piercings through cartilage have ^ risk of infection & lack of healing because of minimal blood supply to auricular cartilage. You can develop a perichondral abscess as well auricular perichondritis. Is it worth the risk? ...Read more

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What do you suggest if i had a cartilage piercing a week ago.?

Ear ?: New piercings are usually cleaned twice a day. Do not twist jewelry / post. Saturate gauze w saline solution (pinch of sea salt in warm water), place on piercing & allow it to gently drip into the piercing. ...Read more

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Horribly infected cartilage piercing, what to do?

Horribly infected cartilage piercing, what to do?

This requires: Immediate medical care. These can go south quick. ...Read more

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How can you tell if a cartilage piercing is infected?

Infected/inflammed: Red, hot, swollen and drainage (inflammation) are normal signs of healing and in fact, not bad but are integral to healing. If infected, the wound should not improve, the patient have fevers, chills, and other systemic signs of infection. Culture of the wound should never be with a swab on the surface but a simple tissue biopsy. Routine use of antibiotics is to be condemned due to the risks. ...Read more

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What to do about severely infected cartilage piercing?

What to do about severely infected cartilage piercing?

Get Immediate: medical attention. High ear piercings through cartilage have ^ risk of infection & lack of healing because of minimal blood supply to auricular cartilage. You can develop a perichondral abscess as well auricular perichondritis. If you ear is hot, red, swollen or has increasing pain you need medical evaluation. ...Read more

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What can I do if my cartilage piercing is swollen! help!?

What can I do if my cartilage piercing is swollen! help!?

See a doctor: Cartilage piercing is dangerous and can cause irreversible damage to the cartilage. Have it evaluated to rule out damage or infection. ...Read more

Piercing (Definition)

Body piercing, a form of body modification, is the practice of puncturing or cutting a part of the human body, creating an opening in which ...Read more