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Ear Cartilage Pain Sleeping
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
At night when sleeping on my side, I get this horrible pain in my outer ears. Seems to be the cartilage, but it hurts so bad. Please help!
Don't do it: I strongly discourage any piecing through cartilage. Although many people have gotten away with it, others have experienced severe pain during the piercing and some have gotten serious infections resulting in potentially defigurement of the ear. Cartilage heals poorly due to its poor blood supply. ...Read more
Trauma: The most common cause for lumps on the ear cartilage is trauma. A piercing or a hit to the ear can cause lumps in and around the cartilage. Under the ear skin is an unusual location for tumors, but the skin of the ear is a common site for skin cancer. Infection can also cause a lump, but most common infections are associated with pain and redness too. If the area is enlarging, seek medical care. ...Read more
Ear cartilage: What you are feeling could be a myriad of things. You would be better served to have a board certified otolaryngologist evaluate this lesion. ...Read more
Do not self-treat: You don't. You see a doctor and let him or her handle the treatment of an infection. ...Read more
I have a hard pebble sized lump on my outer ear cartilage. It doesn't hurt. Is this something to worry about?
Why does my ear cartilage piercing have smelly liquid coming from it? I clean it often but when I squeeze it the liquid still comes out?
Ear cartilage pain started in my right ear about two days ago. Ear doesn't look red although edge of cartilage feels larger than my left ear.?
Ear pain: May or may not be a problem. Please give much more information so help can be given. ...Read more
Have ENT evaluate: There are different causes for that fluid collection, including ear trauma, perichondritis, and relapsing polychondritis. If this is a fairly recent development, having a board certified otolaryngologist (ENT) evaluate and possibly drain it may prevent future cosmetic deformities on the ear. Otherwise this collection could cause chronic inflammation eventually resulting in a cauliflower ear. ...Read more
Can you use hydrogen peroxide on a 5 day old ear cartilage peircing 3 times a day? Or how many times should u clean it?
Likely is fine: This is not likely to be a problem. However, if you think there is a problem (i.e. An infection) then you probably should have this examined. Sometimes a person can develop an allergy to nickel and it can simply appear chronically irritated. ...Read more
Ear cartilage dislocate? I get terrible pain outside ear. Very painful to touch and move jaw. If I pull my earlobe a bit it will pop and pain stops.
Ear pain: If you have had some sort of trauma or surgery it may be possible for the cartilage to click or pop. However it sounds more likely that you are have issues with your TMJ or hinge joint of your jaw. That is located in that area. You can place your finger in front of your ear, and feel the joint when you open and close your mouth. It can be very painful. Certainly have your doctor check. ...Read more
I have a year old ear cartilage piercing that hasn't healed--it gets red and puffy on & off. I use saline washes & warm compresses. What should I do?
Ear pierce/infection: If this is a chronic subacute infection than the cartilage is your issue. It is serving as a nitus for recurrent cellulitis/infection. Best to see ENT? Plastic Surgeon to incise, open, remove damaged tissue including the cartilage. Than allow healing by secondary intention or suture closure. Make sure on PO antibiotics and maybe even obtain a C&S of the tissue to see if strange organism is growing ...Read more
I think I have a keloid growing from my piercing on my ear cartilage. Its red & it hurts. Is it a keloid? I don't recall any pain from keloids. Help?
What is the best procedure to get rid of keloids? Permanently? I have one on my ear cartilage on the top by my piercing.
I have a bump inside of my ear cartilage that is tender to the touch and the outside skin looks red. It is not near a piercing so should I see a doc?
Went under rhinoplasty a week ago. Implant was used but to make my nose tip more argumented my ear cartilage was stitched on the tip implant. Is Okey?
Are lymph nodes present on ear cartilage? I have a small lump behind my ear cartilage. Not on the neck or the head part but on the ear. It is tender.
Cyst?: Could be a cyst or keloid, or something else. I recommend seeing your doctor. There are no lymph nodes on the ear. ...Read more
Keloid or hypertrophic scar? On upper ear cartilage, kinda lighter than skin, raised but not a ball supported by gravity, appeared fast then no change
Ear lesion: I feel that a plastic surgeon is best qualified to evaluate this lesion and, if necessary, treat you. ...Read more
If I have a keloid on my knee from a bad fall that got infected and on my ear cartilage from a hair clipper cut that bled for 30 minutes continuously. Is it possible to safely get an earlobe piercing with a needle (instead of gun) if done by a profession
Possible.: Possible. See facial plastic surgeon for assessment/procedure. ...Read more
Can sleeping on my side on my ear to hard or the wrong way on my pillow cause cauliflower ear or the ear cartlidge to be reshaped? Thanks
What is your pillow made out of?
With normal pillows that should not happen ...Read more
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