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Doctor insights on: Dangers Of Cartilage Piercing

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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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What would happen if I took out my cartilage piercing?

What would happen if I took out my cartilage piercing?

Nasal or ear?: Has it been in long enough to heal? Any signs of infection or other problems? ...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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What to do if cartilage piercing is infected?

Seek medical: Attention - especially if red, hot, tender, exuding pus, swollen and spreading. ...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

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How can I know if my cartilage piercing has become infected?

If there is: Discharge or swelling you should see dermatologist ...Read more

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Can the bump of my cartilage piercing go away if I leave it alone?

Depends on how long: Its been there. If the pierce is within the last couple months then yes the bump may still improve but if longer than that you may need cortisone to reduce scar tissue or there may be an infection, see derm ...Read more

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Can you tell me if I could use neosporin on my cartilage piercing?

Poor choice: Studies of aminoglycosides such as neosporin, bacitracin, triple antibiotic fail to show that they are any better than vaseline or Aquaphor. In fact they are common sensitazers, so they are among the most common causes of allergic reactions. ...Read more

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Would you suggest to use alcohol to clean a new cartilage piercing?

Would you suggest to use alcohol to clean a new cartilage piercing?

Dilute peroxide: Alcohol can be irritating to the site. Usually use of very dilute peroxide solution (half water/half peroxide) and a topical antibiotic ointment is preferred. Also, twisting the post 2-3 times per day with that combination makes for proper healing. ...Read more

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Do you think I'll need to take out a cartilage piercing for an x-ray?

Maybe.: Depends where it is and whether or how much it will interfere with the interpretation of the study. Best is to get the interpreting radiologist's opinion. ...Read more

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What does it mean if my cartilage piercing is itchy? Should I be worried?

The question is-: Is this an allergic metal contact dermatitis? If you are allergic to nickel in the stud, it will probably need to be replaced. 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 ^'ing pain you need med eval. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to prevent from piercing the wrong place for cartilage?

Don't do your own: Piercing! If you elect to become pierced - it should be done by a professional. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if I would like a helix or a cartilage piercing but I'm scared?

I can understand why: You would be apprehensive. 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. ...Read more

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My cartilage piercing is swollen and red. What could this be?

Which cartilage?: Ear? 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. This could be an infection. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my cartilage piercing is red & swollen?

I believe I already: Answered this but I would clean with peroxide (mixed with equal parts water) apply topical antibiotic and make appointment to see dermatologist if swelling doesn't decrease. ...Read more

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What are the chances of getting a keloid from cartilage piercing?

Low Chance of Keloid: Keloids are skin scarring conditions and the cartilage piercing should not cause them to worsen. Cartilage piercings carry a chance of infection, so be careful and keep it very clean.
If you don't have a tendency to keloid, or if your family doesn't, then you shouldn't keloid. But there is a remote chance. ...Read more

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How can I reduce swelling around my 10 week old cartilage piercing?

How can I reduce swelling around my 10 week old cartilage piercing?

Ear/ nasal cartilage: Seek medical eval. 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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How can you reduce swelling around my 10 week old cartilage piercing?

How can you reduce swelling around my 10 week old cartilage piercing?

Natural process: The good news is that area has fantastic blood supply and so healing will occur rapidly. Inflammation (red, hot, tender swelling) is the body increasing blood flow to the injury to bring healing factors to the area and also the veins expand to carry bad stuff away. Dressings and ointments are of no value there. Avoid further trauma to the area and let nature take it's course. Motrin/advil help. ...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