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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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Will exposed cartilage in my nostrils heal? Does it put me at risk for cancer? It is from history of allergies, too much blowing and picking.

Will exposed cartilage in my nostrils heal? Does it put me at risk for cancer? It is from history of allergies, too much blowing and picking.

Trauma: Nasal trauma/picking is a common cause of this problem. Also oxymetazoline (Afrin) overuse may result in septal erosion as well as intranasal drug use, autoimmune conditions, infections and tumors. Stop nasal picking. Saline gel or purified sesame oil can help. Septoplasty surgery and/or biopsy may be indicated. See an Otolaryngologist (ENT). ...Read more

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Will exposed cartilage in the nostrils heal over time? It's from nasal spray use and trauma from blowing/picking. Using olive oil In nose. Will iheal

Will exposed cartilage in the nostrils heal over time? It's from nasal spray use and trauma from blowing/picking. Using olive oil In nose. Will iheal

Usually: but only if you leave it alone. Any infection should also be treated. Be sure to aim your nasal sprays towards the side and not the middle of the nose. ...Read more

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Cartilage growing outside skin in nostril, should I be concerned?

Cartilage growing outside skin in nostril, should I be concerned?

Cartilage in nose: Greetings. The cartilage is probably an asymmetric anatomical deformity. Probably of little to no significance except for cosmetic reasons. See your ENT doctor for confirmation. ...Read more

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I had septoplasty 3 weeks ago. When i look up one nostril i see white, which to me looks like bone and/or cartilage. Is this normal?

I had septoplasty 3 weeks ago. When i look up one nostril i see white, which to me looks like bone and/or cartilage. Is this normal?

Sounds concerning : Not knowing exactly what was done in your surgery, i would not say that is "normal" and suggest you call and/or see your doctor. ...Read more

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Are the nostril parts of your nose (the part people get a nose piercing on. not the septum) considered soft tissue or cartilage or what?

Are the nostril parts of your nose (the part people get a nose piercing on. not the septum) considered soft tissue or cartilage or what?

Ala, septum: The lateral part of the nose that get pierced is the ala - pierce is through soft tissue not cartilage. Septum is in between nostrils, also pierce soft tissue not cartilage You may want to see a facial plastic surgeon for sterile piercings. ...Read more

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3.5 wks after nose surgery I had a small accident where my nose was bumped. Now I see cartilage sticking out in one nostril. Will this fix itself?

3.5 wks after nose surgery I had a small accident where my nose was bumped. Now I see cartilage sticking out in one nostril. Will this fix itself?

Nasal Deformity: Greetings. Your new trauma is certainly reason to follow up with your surgeon. While some injuries may seem minor, it may have been enough force to displace the bony/ cartilage anatomy. Only your surgeon can predict whether the changes will heal with or without further treatments. ...Read more

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Would an inverted papilloma in the nostril be easily distinguished from cartilage that may protrude?Dr. Thinks tiny thing on inner wall is cartilage.

Would an inverted papilloma in the nostril be easily distinguished from cartilage that may protrude?Dr. Thinks tiny thing on inner wall is cartilage.

Nostril Deformity: At times this may be hard to tell if small. A papilloma will most likely slowly grow whereas a cartilaginous deformity will not. ...Read more

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I had a septoplasty/rhinoplasty two months ago with a cartilage graft at the tip. The tip is painfully swollen and i haveblister like things in my nostrils. What should I do?

I had a septoplasty/rhinoplasty two months ago with a cartilage graft at the tip. The tip is painfully swollen and i haveblister like things in my nostrils. What should I do?

Rhinoplasty: you need to have your surgeon evaluate your nose. It is possible there is an infected area- maybe a stitch, maybe a hair follicle. This can be determined only by physical examination. ...Read more

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Could cartilage in nostril be mistaken? Ent says thing in 1 side is cartilage.What else could it be,if anything? Would it be obvious if was a tumor?

Could  cartilage in nostril be mistaken? Ent says thing in 1 side is cartilage.What else could it be,if anything? Would it be obvious if was a tumor?

Unlikely mistaken.: To reassure you, if a board certified ENT doctor evaluated your nostril and felt your concern was cartilage, it is highly unlikely to be anything else. It is common to see asymmetric cartilage bulges, bends, folds, etc. within the nostrils. It would be especially unlikely to be confused with a tumor. I only recommend that If you feel the site changes at all in the future, have it re-checked. ...Read more

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Saw Ent today about tiny thing in nostril-inner part of wall of nostril.He thinks it's my cartilage on that side.If it were a papilloma,could he tell?

Saw Ent today about tiny thing in nostril-inner part of wall of nostril.He thinks it's my cartilage on that side.If it were a papilloma,could he tell?

I would think so: Since he was an ENT dr. who spent the majority of his post doctoral medical training learning all about the nose, he would be the expert who could tell you what the area of concern was in your nose and would be able to tell you if it was a papilloma. ...Read more

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Ent dr says thing I feel in my nose is just cartilage in that nostril.I should have asked him why I have only semirecently noticed.Can cartilage grow?

Ent dr says thing I feel in my nose is just cartilage in that nostril.I should have asked him why I have only semirecently noticed.Can cartilage grow?

Septum?: Ask your ENT if it is septal cartilage? Cartilage in this area usually does not grow although t here can be growths in this area of the septum (partition in the nose). ...Read more

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How, exactly, does a septoplasty fix a deviated septum? Does the surgeon take off some cartilate from the side with the smaller nostril? Actually cut off and move the whole septum? I'm confused and don't really understand the explanations i've read. .

How, exactly, does a septoplasty fix a deviated septum? Does the surgeon take off some cartilate from the side with the smaller nostril? Actually cut off and move the whole septum? I'm confused and don't really understand the explanations i've read.

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A : A standard septoplasty usually involves removing the deviated cartilage and bone that makes up the septum. The remaining cartilage and bone that is not deviated is left alone. The skin lining on either side of the septum is then sutured to itself so you still have an intact wall to separate both side of your nose.

If the septum is deviated toward the outer edge near where the nostrils start the a different approach is needed since this cartilage can't just be cut out. Depending on the situation and surgeon preference the cartilage in that area can be repositioned or rebuilt. I tend to do the later (caudal septal reconstrution) if the deviation is relatively significant as i feel it gives better long term results. ...Read more

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What could cause the cartilage in my nose to swell and hurt?

Many causes: Trauma (punch to the face, etc), cellulitis (infection of the skin), cartilage inflammation (autoimmune chondritis). There are more i'm sure but those are the most likely. Get it looked at by a doctor. ...Read more

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How dangerous is it to have cartilage coming out of my nose?

How  dangerous is it to have cartilage coming out of my nose?

Exposed cartilage?: If this is the case, please seek prompt medical attention. ...Read more

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Slight swelling of nose. Feels like extra cartilage in tip. Tip Softer/puffier than used to be. No other symptoms. ?

Slight swelling of nose. Feels like extra cartilage in tip. Tip Softer/puffier than used to be. No other symptoms. ?

More info: needed...How and When did you notice this "change"
Google "Body Dysmorphia"...just a thought.
Ask again with more info

Dr Z ...Read more

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Why does my cartilage around my thyroid move when i move my head or im laying down and move my head quickly ? Is that normal? Or is it broken or something

Why does my cartilage around my thyroid move when i move my head or im laying down and move my head quickly ? Is that normal? Or is it broken or something

Cartilage: Sounds normal to me but any time you are concerned by this it would be wise to see your doctor.
If something wrong is indeed found your doctor will take care of you.
If there is nothing wrong you will be pleased. ...Read more

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How could i know my nose cartilage is damaged?

How could i know my nose cartilage is damaged?

Nasal cartilage: If the appearance of your nose bothers you, you can have it evaluated by a board certified surgeon who specializes in rhinoplasty. ...Read more

Nostril (Definition)

Also called naris, is one of the 2 ...Read more


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