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Small lump behind my ear below new cartilage piercing?

Small lump behind my ear below new cartilage piercing?

First question is: possible infection or scar tissue, see doctor to diagnose and treat, until appointment apply topical antibiotic ointment twice a day ...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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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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Can knee cartilage heal?

Can knee cartilage heal?

No : Once injured, cartilage in a joint cannot typically "heal". The severity of the injury to the cartilage will determine the long term consequences such as arthritis. ...Read more

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Cartlidge ulceration of knee?

Cartlidge ulceration of knee?

Ulceration?: Cartilage is needed for normal joint motion. Without the cartilage you may develop pain and a limitation of range of motion of the affected joint. ...Read more

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Can damaged nose cartilage be reshaped without surgery?

Can damaged nose cartilage be reshaped without surgery?

Unlikely: Unless it is immediately after an injury, the cartilage is usually attached to other tissues and unable to be molded. ...Read more

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Torn cartlidch from wrist bone?

Torn cartlidch from wrist bone?

Wrist: Sounds like tfcc, or triangular fibrocartilage complex tear. Consider initial splint/rest/nsaids, etc. Conservative treatment first, before considering arthroscopic removal, debridement, or repair. ...Read more

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Can cartilage be rebuilt if injured?

Can cartilage be rebuilt if injured?

Cartilage : Certain cartilage injuries can be rebuilt with cartilage transplants or a microfracture technique. ...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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Cartilage ear piercing app. 4mths ago. Symptoms:Green pus, redness, heat, pain, and swelling. Removed earring. Symptoms still present.Antibiotics?

Cartilage ear piercing app. 4mths ago. Symptoms:Green pus, redness, heat, pain, and swelling. Removed earring. Symptoms still present.Antibiotics?

Yes...antibiotics: What you have described is a definite infection. It needs to be cleaned frequently with soap and water. Topical antibiotic's will also help. It may very well need oral antibiotics. It's possible it could even need incision and drainage. See your physician for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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My cartilage piercing is red & swollen. Could it be infected?

My cartilage piercing is red & swollen. Could it be infected?

That is possible.: Redness and swelling can both be related to infection. You did not mention if this was a new or an old piercing. Other signs of infection can include tenderness, pain, warmth, pus or fever. I would recommend having this assessed. Staphylococcus aureus & Pseudomonas aeruginosa infections may occur. Avoid development of auricular chronditis. ...Read more

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I had medial meniscus tear repair surgery synovial plica inflammation and some cartilage damage 3 weeks ago I can't bend my knee is it normal?

Medial meniscus tear: After repair it may need upto 4-6 weeks to get good recovery. So please continue therapy. If your range of motion stopped improving then you need to see your surgeon. ...Read more

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Earring sticking in ear and swelling!?

Earring sticking in ear and swelling!?

Easy fix: Head to an ENT soon and you can likely have it removed in the office under local anesthesia. Don't leave it in there. ...Read more

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I have torn the meniscus cartilage in my knee.. Advice please?

I have torn the meniscus cartilage in my knee.. Advice please?

Meniscus tears : You should talk to your orthopedist because depending if it's a complete or partial tears sometimes they decide conservative treatment like physical therapy vs surgery. ...Read more

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Painful bump just above tragus no piercing?

Bump: Likely a mild infection or cyst, almost like a pimple. If doesn't resolve with ice pack on it, go see someone to evaluate. ...Read more

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Found out I have minor cartilage damage in the medial condyle area. How successful is arthroscopy which entails cartilage graft?

Found out I have minor cartilage damage in the medial condyle area. How successful is arthroscopy which entails cartilage graft?

Knee Arthroscopy: Cartilage reconstruction is still considered an emerging field however newer techniques have high levels of success. Of course it is dependent upon the technique employed (dependent upon the depth and the breath of the damage) if you have a microfracture, enhanced microfracture, oats or autologous chondrocyte implantation (aci), that your result will almost certainly be better than doing nothing. ...Read more

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