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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

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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Dr pierced earlobe said twist & use alcohol. Generation X pierced cartilage says not 2 twist, use Hydrogen Peroxide/Salt solution. Who do I listen 2?

Dr pierced earlobe said twist & use alcohol. Generation X pierced cartilage says not 2 twist, use Hydrogen Peroxide/Salt solution. Who do I listen 2?

Both will kill germs: Both hydrogen peroxide and alcohol will help kill bacteria. The peroxide can be a bit strong/caustic, so I prefer a salt solution or alcohol. As for twisting, this is to help prevent build up of debris and scar tissue, but this is less important than keeping things clean. Good luck! ...Read more

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What to do if I got my cartilage pierced with a gun?

What to do if I got my cartilage pierced with a gun?

Piercing gun: has more risk for infection/ tissue injury as compared to sterile needle technique. ...Read more

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I got my cartilage pierced about a month ago and i took out an earing and there is a bump how do I heal it?

I got my cartilage pierced about a month ago and i took out an earing and there is a bump how do I heal it?

See details: The bottom line is never pierce through cartilage as that may permanently damage the cartilage. See a plastic surgeon or an ENT physician. ...Read more

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How many months do you have to wait after an otoplasty until you can get your cartilage pierced?

How many months do you have to wait after an otoplasty until you can get your cartilage pierced?

Earlobe?: Assuming you just want to pierce the ear lobe, one month should suffice. If you want to pierce other parts of the ear, contact your surgeon. ...Read more

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Got my cartilage pierced & its infected. Went to Dr & they put me on meds, but I forgot 2 ask if I should put Neosporin on it. Should I?

Got my cartilage pierced & its infected. Went to Dr & they put me on meds, but I forgot 2 ask if I should put Neosporin on it. Should I?

Infection.: If you were put on an oral antibiotic, that should usually suffice. It couldn't hurt to put on some NeoSporin, or even better, some Bacitracin twice daily, just to really make sure we eradicate that bacterial population locally. ...Read more

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I got my cartilage pierced two days ago and it has been throbbing all day yesterday and today. What should I do? Blah help fasttttttt! it hurtsssss!

I got my cartilage pierced two days ago and it has been throbbing all day yesterday and today. What should I do? Blah help fasttttttt! it hurtsssss!

I : I am assuming that it was nasal cartilage that you had pierced based on the categories that you chose. Unfortunately you did not indicate if it was through the septum or the lateral portion of the noes. Either way it may be an infection. If it was through the septum then you may have caused a septal hematoma. Both of these problems need immediate attention. Because cartilage does not have a good blood supply and very little repairative capability, any damage can lead to a permanent deformity. Seek care from your physician as soon as possible tomorrow morning. ...Read more

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A week ago I got my cartilage pierced with a piercing gun. It didn't hurt or get red at all after days, but yesterday it began to hurt and is now red?

A week ago I got my cartilage pierced with a piercing gun. It didn't hurt or get red at all after days, but yesterday it began to hurt and is now red?

PIERCING GUN PAIN: MAY I ASSUME THAT THIS WAS YOUR EAR? IT MAY BE INFECTED. TAKE YOUR PRETTY EAR BACK TO PIERCER OR TO YOUR PCP WHO MAY GIVE YOU AN ANTIBIOTIC CREAM OR PILL FOR THIS. SOON! ...Read more