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Dr. Tracy Benhamou
Board Certified, Dentistry
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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'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?

Pop it: I've had these before too. I think it's an ingrown hair. Pop it and see. There is such poor circulation there that any infection/pus would more likely come out of the skin then go into circulation. ...Read more

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Dr. Buck Parker
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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


Dr. Robert Uyeda
Board Certified, General Surgery
39 years in practice
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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?

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?

Sounds like: an abscess. It could progress to destroy the cartilage, which is easily damaged by infection. Get to a doctor in order to avoid any cartilage damae. ...Read more

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Dr. Buck Parker
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Dr. Adam King
Board Certified, Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
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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?

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

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Dr. Jon Aoki
Board Certified, ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
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Advice to ensure a ear cartilage piercing is healed properly with minimal complications?

Advice to ensure a ear cartilage piercing is healed properly with minimal complications?

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 more

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Dr. Buck Parker
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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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How to fix my floppy ear cartilage?

How to fix my floppy ear cartilage?

Ear cartilage: Were you born with the condition, or was it acquired thru injury? A plastic surgeon or ENT specialist should be able to evaluate the problem & offer you options for treatment. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Board Certified, Psychiatry
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What to do about ear cartilage piercing?

Please clarify: your question. Infection? Pain? Care of ? Etc.? ...Read more

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Dr. Pablo Cuevas
Board Certified, Prosthodontics
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Is it possible to remold ear cartilage without surgery?

Is it possible to remold ear cartilage without surgery?

Yes: The tissues that make up our bodies respond to pressure. Both the egyptians and mayan elongated their skulls for esthetic reasons. Orientals bound the feet of women to make them look smaller. Wrestlers get "cauliflower" ears from dragging their ears on a mat. Both pressure and pull will work. The question is what you want to change and for how long. ...Read more

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Dr. Otto Placik
Board Certified, Plastic Surgery
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What causes a lump on the ear cartilage ?

Most commonly trauma: However, this could be neoplastic and should be examined by a physician with possible biopsy to establish a definitive diagnosis. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Press
Board Certified, Plastic Surgery
38 years in practice
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What to do if I have ear cartilage infection. Help!?

See a doctor NOW: Infections in the cartilage of the ear can be very serious and lead to permanent deformity and/or loss of the cartilage of the ear. Get medical treatment now. ...Read more

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Dr. Suzanne Galli
Board Certified, Facial Plastic Surgery
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I feel a ball in my ear cartilage, should I be concerned?

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

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Pimples (Definition)

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