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Dr. Neil Giddings
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Ear Deformities (Overview)

Ear deformities are clinical findings in which the shape of the ear is abnormal.


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Can pierced cartilage cause major ear deformities?

Can pierced cartilage cause major ear deformities?

Possibly: Very little risk piercing the soft tissue of your ear, but occasionally piercing the cartilage may result in infection with scarring or loss of cartilage support of the outside portion of the ear. ...Read more

Dr. Neil Giddings
13 doctors shared insights

Ear Deformities (Overview)

Ear deformities are clinical findings in which the shape of the ear is abnormal.


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Treating Swimmer's Ear (Checklist)

Keep water out of ears (use earplugs or shower cap when showering)
Daily
Use eardrops as directed
Daily
Use Tylenol or warm compresses to minimize pain
3x day
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Can pierced cartilage cause major ear deformities?

Possibly: Very little risk piercing the soft tissue of your ear, but occasionally piercing the cartilage may result in infection with scarring or loss of cartilage support of the outside portion of the ear. ...Read more

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Can ear deformities be a symptom of cauliflower ear?

Can ear deformities be a symptom of cauliflower ear?

No: Cauliflower ear is an ear that has become thickened or deformed as a result of repeated blows, typically in boxing. THerefore a cauliflower ear by definition is an acquired ear deformity. But not all ear deformities are cauliflower ears. See facial plastic surgeon for management. ...Read more

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Treating an Ear Infection (Checklist)

Look for other sources of ear pain besides infection
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Ask doc if TMJ (spasm of muscles to jaw joint) is causing ear pain
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Know that middle ear fluid isn't necessarily infection
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Look for ear pain and ear drainage -- both signs of infection
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Does anyone know if a plastic surgeon specializes in lop ear deformities?

Does anyone know if a plastic surgeon specializes in lop ear deformities?

Lop Ear: Many plastic surgeons are familiar with lop ear deformities, but those with special training in craniofacial or pediatric plastic surgery are "experts" in this field. In newborns, lop ear can be treated non-surgically in about 6 weeks. Once the child is older than about 1 month, surgery (an otoplasty) will be needed when the child gets to be about 5-6 years old. ...Read more

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Does anyone know about a plastic surgeon specializing in lop ear deformities?

Does anyone know about a plastic surgeon specializing in lop ear deformities?

Lop Ear: Many plastic surgeons are familiar with lop ear deformities, but those with special training in craniofacial or pediatric plastic surgery are "experts" in this field. In newborns, lop ear can be treated non-surgically in about 6 weeks. Once the child is older than about 1 month, surgery (an otoplasty) will be needed when the child gets to be about 5-6 years old. ...Read more

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Is there surgery to help with a weird ear deformity?

Weird deformity: Maybe. It depends on the deformity and the person. ...Read more