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How to fix my floppy ear cartilage?

How to fix my floppy ear cartilage?

Ear cartilage: Were you born with the condition, or was it acquired thru injury? A plastic surgeon or ENT specialist should be able to evaluate the problem & offer you options for treatment. ...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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What causes a lump on the ear cartilage?

What causes a lump on the ear cartilage?

Most commonly trauma: However, this could be neoplastic and should be examined by a physician with possible biopsy to establish a definitive diagnosis. ...Read more

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What to do if my ear cartilage piercing is infected?

What to do if my ear cartilage piercing is infected?

Remove the earring &: Remove the earring and see a physician immediately. Antibiotics, often for a prolonged period, may be necessary. See a facial plastic surgeon as infections of the cartilage of the ear can cause significant deformity. ...Read more

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What can cause a lump/swelling on the ear cartilage?

What can cause a lump/swelling on the ear cartilage?

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

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I feel a ball in my ear cartilage, should I be concerned?

I feel a ball in my ear cartilage, should I be concerned?

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

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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?

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?

Infection: Foul smelling discharge from the ear suggests an infection. Keep the area clean and dry and apply Bacitracin or neosporin to the area daily. If discharge continues, see your physician to see if it is a fungal infection or a cyst. ...Read more

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Advice to ensure a ear cartilage piercing is healed properly with minimal complications?

Advice to ensure a ear cartilage piercing is healed properly with minimal complications?

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

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What can cause ear cartilage to be tenderness. Is there a gland there?

What can cause ear cartilage to be tenderness. Is there a gland there?

Not really: The could be small sebaceous glands in the skin of the ear, but the cartilage does not have any of those glands. If it is tender, I would suspect a superficial infection. You need to see your physician for an exam and opinion. ...Read more

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I have a hard fluid filled lump on my ear cartilage, should I be concerned?

I have a hard fluid filled lump on my ear cartilage, should I be concerned?

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

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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

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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 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

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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?

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

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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?

Piercing: You are right. Keloids are not usually painful and red. Sounds more like an infection of the cartilage, which is generally not something you should pierce through. Get to your doctor asap for antibiotics, possible drainage of any fluid collection. ...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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Hi, I was wondering, how do you soften cartilage in an ear? And what tools are needed to do so?

Hi, I was wondering, how do you soften cartilage in an ear? And what tools are needed to do so?

Ans: Do you mean the ear wax? The wax can be softened with over the counter debrox. This is one way. You put the drops into the ear. Then you can flush merely by using shower water. This works very well and does clear the plugged ear nicely ...Read more

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Why does my ear hurt in the cartilage like its cramped?

Why does my ear hurt in the cartilage like its cramped?

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

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Can cauliflower ear from cartilage piercing?

Can cauliflower ear from cartilage piercing?

Yes, it's possible: Cartilagenous piercings are risky business. Cauliflower ear can result from auricular hematoma or perichondritis. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of headache and ear cartilage pain?

TMJ: Based on your description, would urge you to visit a dentist and get an evaluation for jaw problems, and even alternative dental issues. A rare neuralgia, nervus intermedius neuralgia might be another consideration, but get dental eval first. ...Read more

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Why would there be a little ball of cartilage in my ear lobe?

Why would there be a little ball of cartilage in my ear lobe?

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

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Why do some of my piercings smell? My nose, ears, and cartilage.

Infection: You should not pierce cartilage. The ear lobe has none as is generally safe. Putting a piercing through cartilage increases the risk of infection. Take it out and it will likely resolve. If not see your doctor. ...Read more

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Can cartilage piercing cause lymph nodes to swell behind the ear?

Can cartilage piercing cause lymph nodes to swell behind the ear?

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

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How do I effectively numb my ear before getting the cartilage pierced?

How do I effectively numb my ear before getting the cartilage pierced?

See details: Never pierce the cartilage of the ear as that can permanently damage the cartilage. Pierce only soft tissue areas. ...Read more

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I'm having sharp pains in the cartilage of my ear? Could it be my sinuses?

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

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My 4 month old ear is swelling where the inside of his ear is touching his cartilage of his ear. What could it be?

My 4 month old ear is swelling where the inside of his ear is touching his cartilage of his ear. What could it be?

MD consult needed: A 4 month old cannot describe symptoms, but ear infections are common in infants. An md can assess the problem and treat it effectively. Although it is likely minor, your child should be seen by pediatrician. Best of luck! ...Read more

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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

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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?

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

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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 (Definition)

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