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Dr. Tracy Benhamou answered:

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

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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.
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How to fix my floppy ear cartilage?

Ear cartilage

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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.
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Dr. Otto J. Placik answered:

What causes a lump on the ear cartilage ?

Most commonly trauma

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However, this could be neoplastic and should be examined by a physician with possible biopsy to establish a definitive diagnosis
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How can I get rid of headache and ear cartilage pain?

TMJ

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Based on your description, would urge you to visit a dentist and get an evaluation for jaw problems, and even alternative dental issues. A rare neuralgia, nervus intermedius neuralgia might be another consideration, but get dental eval first.
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Dr. Pablo Cuevas answered:

Is it possible to remold ear cartilage without surgery?

Yes

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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.
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What can cause ear cartilage to be tenderness. Is there a gland there?

Not really

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The could be small sebaceous glands in the skin of the ear, but the cartilage does not have any of those glands. If it is tender, I would suspect a superficial infection. You need to see your physician for an exam and opinion.
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Dr. Jon Aoki answered:

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

Don't do it

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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.
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Dr. Ronald Krauser answered:

Can you please explain how I can clean my really infected ear cartilage and stop the swelling?

Do not self-treat

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You don't. You see a doctor and let him or her handle the treatment of an infection.
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Can you use hydrogen peroxide on a 5 day old ear cartilage peircing 3 times a day? Or how many times should u clean it?

Likely is fine

Cleaning
This is not likely to be a problem. However, if you think there is a problem (i.e. an infection) then you probably should have this examined. Sometimes a person can develop an allergy to nickel and it can simply appear chronically irritated.
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Dr. Sumit bapna answered:

What is the best procedure to get rid of keloids? PERMANENTLY? I have one on my ear cartilage on the top by my piercing.

Keloid removal

Steroids
Keloids from ear piercing at the cartilage can be excised surgically with minimal chance of recurrence. Steroid injections can also sometimes be helpful.
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