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Pimple On Ear Cartilage
I have what feels like a pimple on the cartilage of my ear. It is red, very swollen, and painful to the touch. What can I do?
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'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
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
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