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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


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What causes a lump on the ear cartilage?

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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What can cause a lump/swelling on the ear cartilage?

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

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

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

Not really: 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. ...Read more

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I have a hard fluid filled lump on my ear cartilage, should I be concerned?

I have a hard fluid filled lump on my ear cartilage, should I be concerned?

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

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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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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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What to do if my ear cartilage piercing is infected?

What to do if my ear cartilage piercing is infected?

Remove the earring &: Remove the earring and see a physician immediately. Antibiotics, often for a prolonged period, may be necessary. See a facial plastic surgeon as infections of the cartilage of the ear can cause significant deformity. ...Read more

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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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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?

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?

Infection: Foul smelling discharge from the ear suggests an infection. Keep the area clean and dry and apply Bacitracin or neosporin to the area daily. If discharge continues, see your physician to see if it is a fungal infection or a cyst. ...Read more

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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: 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. ...Read more

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Ear cartilage dislocate? I get terrible pain outside ear. Very painful to touch and move jaw. If I pull my earlobe a bit it will pop and pain stops.

Ear cartilage dislocate? I get terrible pain outside ear. Very painful to touch and move jaw. If I pull my earlobe a bit it will pop and pain stops.

Ear pain: If you have had some sort of trauma or surgery it may be possible for the cartilage to click or pop. However it sounds more likely that you are have issues with your TMJ or hinge joint of your jaw. That is located in that area. You can place your finger in front of your ear, and feel the joint when you open and close your mouth. It can be very painful. Certainly have your doctor check. ...Read more

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I have a year old ear cartilage piercing that hasn't healed--it gets red and puffy on & off. I use saline washes & warm compresses. What should I do?

I have a year old ear cartilage piercing that hasn't healed--it gets red and puffy on & off. I use saline washes & warm compresses. What should I do?

Ear pierce/infection: If this is a chronic subacute infection than the cartilage is your issue. It is serving as a nitus for recurrent cellulitis/infection. Best to see ENT? Plastic Surgeon to incise, open, remove damaged tissue including the cartilage. Than allow healing by secondary intention or suture closure. Make sure on PO antibiotics and maybe even obtain a C&S of the tissue to see if strange organism is growing ...Read more

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I think I have a keloid growing from my piercing on my ear cartilage. Its red & it hurts. Is it a keloid? I don't recall any pain from keloids. Help?

Piercing: You are right. Keloids are not usually painful and red. Sounds more like an infection of the cartilage, which is generally not something you should pierce through. Get to your doctor asap for antibiotics, possible drainage of any fluid collection. ...Read more

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

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

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My Tragus is swollen and in pain. Also cartilage around it. Very very bad and constant pain. Not TMJ. No pain in ear canal- just external ear. HELP!!!

No self-Rx: Pain & Swelling are red flags raised by your body that there is a problem (perhaps infection) requiring professional care. Please call your GP or an ENT before problem worsens and spreads. ...Read more

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I'm having issues with pain in the cartilage of my ears. It's sharp and severe. Also tends to flare when I'm sick. Occurs in both ears.

I'm having issues with pain in the cartilage of my ears. It's sharp and severe. Also tends to flare when I'm sick. Occurs in both ears.

Chondritis?: Several forms of chondritis occur (inflammation of cartilage often as a type of autoimmunity). Some effect only the ear and more serious forms affect cartilage all over the body (relapsing polychondritis). Recommend evaluation and history by your general doctor and then possibly by a specialist if needed. Disease can become severe and disfiguring. ...Read more

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I'm having sharp pains in the cartilage of my ear? Could it be my sinuses?

No: Probably not but a middle ear infection and sinus infection can coexist. Infections of the ear canal can be quite painful. Do you have an injury or infection of the cartilage? If the pain is toward the front then it could be the Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) that's the source of the pain. Open and close your jaw while touching the ear canal to find out. ...Read more

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Sharp pain on left side head above ear?

Sharp pain on left side head above ear?

Neuralgia: Such sharp, jabbing pains in that area are often due to neuralgia which is an irritable superficial nerve. This is more of a nuisance than anything serious and usually resolves without any specific treatment. However if symptoms persist or worsen, see your physician for evaluation. ...Read more

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What could a sharp pain on the head behind the ear indicate?

What could a sharp pain on the head behind the ear indicate?

Several options: If the sharp pain is triggered by touching or wind blowing on the area it might be a neuralgia of the occipital or upper cervical nerves. If it just happens without an inciting event and is very brief then it may be difficult to elucidate a cause. Sometimes it can be from muscle spasms in the area. If the pain becomes more constant or ear symptoms develop then see ent. ...Read more

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I got a sharp pain in my ear when I swam today?

I got a sharp pain in my ear when I swam today?

OK if it goes away: My be as simple as ear wax but it persists beyond a couple of days an ENT doc should look at it. ...Read more

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There is a really sharp pain right inside my right ear?

See doctor: Someone needs to look inside your ear to see what is going on. You may have some inflammation, or if you put anything inside your ear, even a q-tip, you might have caused some injury. It's also possible you might be experiencing referred pain from another source. ...Read more

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This morning with sharp pain in my left ear. I was wondering what could this be?

This morning with sharp pain in my left ear. I was wondering what could this be?

Left ear pain: If the pain is persistent or getting worse, you should get it checked right away. Ear pain may be ear -related or be referred to the ear from another location, like the back of the nose, throat, or area of the voice box. ...Read more

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Sharp pain behind my ear?

Ear pain: Does it radiate? Only one side? Any facial symptoms? If just behind left ear, could be ear infection, nerve pain as it is usually sharp, TMJ problem, or even trigrminal nerve problem. Try rest, if progresses, seek eval. ...Read more

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What can I do about very sharp pain in eyes and ear?

What can I do about very sharp pain in eyes and ear?

Very painful: This needs to be examine, palliative treament may help, artificial tears. Go see an eye doctor! ...Read more

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Sharp pain back of ear sometimes when I eat or drink?

Sharp pain back of ear sometimes when I eat or drink?

? salivary blockage: Most likely not, but also make sure you do not use qtips. They are an instrument of the devil. Rare salivary blockage can do it. See if it is specific foods (ie sour). Rare rare reportable tumors can do it, but unlikely. ...Read more

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Sharp pain and burning in left ear comes and goes, worse in evening?

Sharp pain and burning in left ear comes and goes, worse in evening?

See a Doctor: The ear needs to be inspected to determine the cause. Could be wax or inflammation of the canal ...Read more