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Sharp Pain In Outer Ear Cartilage
I have a hard pebble sized lump on my outer ear cartilage. It doesn't hurt. Is this something to worry about?
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
Having sharp pain in my right mid ear and outer ear. It hurts when pulled and it feels like it's swelling entering ear. What is it? What should I do?
See your doctor: Or an ENT to look in ear you may need ear drops or oral antibiotics ...Read more
The whole left side of my face has been sensitive for about a week. I get a shooting, sharp pain on my outer ear and head behind my ear. What's wrong?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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?
What is the best procedure to get rid of keloids? Permanently? I have one on my ear cartilage on the top by my piercing.
I have a bump inside of my ear cartilage that is tender to the touch and the outside skin looks red. It is not near a piercing so should I see a doc?
Went under rhinoplasty a week ago. Implant was used but to make my nose tip more argumented my ear cartilage was stitched on the tip implant. Is Okey?
Are lymph nodes present on ear cartilage? I have a small lump behind my ear cartilage. Not on the neck or the head part but on the ear. It is tender.
Cyst?: Could be a cyst or keloid, or something else. I recommend seeing your doctor. There are no lymph nodes on the ear. ...Read more
Keloid or hypertrophic scar? On upper ear cartilage, kinda lighter than skin, raised but not a ball supported by gravity, appeared fast then no change
Ear lesion: I feel that a plastic surgeon is best qualified to evaluate this lesion and, if necessary, treat you. ...Read more
If I have a keloid on my knee from a bad fall that got infected and on my ear cartilage from a hair clipper cut that bled for 30 minutes continuously. Is it possible to safely get an earlobe piercing with a needle (instead of gun) if done by a profession
Possible.: Possible. See facial plastic surgeon for assessment/procedure. ...Read more
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
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
A few days a week, I get sharp pains in my right ear. Not inside the canal, but more the cartilage. It's extremely painful, especially if touched.
TMJ?: Do you clench or grind your teeth? If so, see your dentist ...Read more
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
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
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
Ear: See an ent to make sure its not wax or infection. Sometimes its a sign of TMJ ...Read more
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
? 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