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Ear Cartilage Tattoo Pain
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
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
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
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
It is the wise...: ...physician who takes a peek at the pain before recommending a treatment. External & middle ear infections, dental problems, foreign bodies (moths, beads etc.) sinus infections & tonsillitis can present as ear pain. I've probably missed a few other conditions. It's definitely worth a look. Best wishes. Dr. Anne. ...Read more
Probably > Keloid: What you have in the "ear lobe" is probably a keloid. See a plastic surgeon to confirm the diagnosis and for the treatment of it. ...Read more
Monitoring Centers: Lymphatic system absorbs/carries things too big to go into the arteries/veins like bacteria eaten by white cells and digested food. Lymph nodes "taste" the lymph for anything bad like bacteria/viruses/cancers, etc. When it detects a problem, it alerts the immune system and your body reacts. They enlarge in response to the inflammation they create when they react. They shrink when all is well. ...Read more
No: Probably not but a middle ear infection and sinus infection can coexist. Infections of the ear canal can be quite painful. Do you have an injury or infection of the cartilage? If the pain is toward the front then it could be the Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) that's the source of the pain. Open and close your jaw while touching the ear canal to find out. ...Read more
Is it: Red, hot, tender, swollen, painful, have streaking? ...Read more
My 4 month old ear is swelling where the inside of his ear is touching his cartilage of his ear. What could it be?
I have a bump on the back of my cartilage piercing, how to I make it go away without having to get my ear re-pierced?
Warm soaks: Try warm soaks 2-3 times a day. ...Read more
I have a hard lump behind my right ear, still on the cartilage. It is becoming quite painful. Suggestions? Should I be worried?
Have ENT dr look at: Difficult to diagnose online but easier in person with your ENT doctor to examine it. It can be either benign or more serious, but pain is a good reason to see your doctor, and if it's getting larger. ...Read more
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
I've been waking up to burning in my ear cartilage. It only happens right after I wake up and no pain inside the ear. What could it be?
Sleeping on it: Sleeping on the ear, especially if the ear is folded, can cause this. If not sleeping on the ear does not make it go away, see your doctor in person. ...Read more
Tattoos on your breasts, or elsewhere, will not have any effect on your pregnancy or on breastfeeding your new baby. It may not be a good idea to get a new tattoo during pregnancy or while breastfeeding, because of the small risk of infection from the small breaks in the skin that ...Read more
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