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Pimple On Ear Cartilage
I have a "pimple"on my ear cartilage and its red swollen and leaks fluid sometimes and now it has a scab. What is this ? Is it a pimple?
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
I have a painful purple bump the size of a very large pimple in my ear near the cartilage. what could this possibly be?
Exactly where?: Earlobe??? Probably inflamed acne. If it drains it will feel better and heal faster + better. Sometimes an injection of triamcinolone is helpful. A dermatologist will help you. Older people can get a painful pimple out over the cartilage called chondrodermatitis nodularis helices. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I've had a small round lump in my ear cartilage for maybe a year. Never had pierced ears and it's not a pimple nor is it painful. What could it be?
I got my ear cartiledge pierced. I changed the earring and there is a pimple like lump on the back of my ear. There is no pain though. Is that normal?
No: Please see a doctor. There is a chance it is a granuloma. This is not serious, but easily treated. There are a few other things it could be. Also, please make sure the metal stud is either sterling silver or surical steal. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
Do not self-treat: You don't. You see a doctor and let him or her handle the treatment of an infection. ...Read more
I have a hard pebble sized lump on my outer ear cartilage. It doesn't hurt. Is this something to worry about?
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?
Ear cartilage pain started in my right ear about two days ago. Ear doesn't look red although edge of cartilage feels larger than my left ear. ?
Ear pain: May or may not be a problem. Please give much more information so help can be given. ...Read more
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