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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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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!!!

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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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 are some possible causes to Ear Cartilage in pain, red and swollen? Also how can I treat it?

What are some possible causes to Ear Cartilage in pain, red and swollen? Also how can I treat it?

See doctor: If you have infection of the ear, affecting the cartilage, it is imperative that you see a doctor of proper treatment. It does not seem to be a do it yourself issue. You probably need prescription antibiotics.
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My 2 month old daughter ear is swollen, the cartilage. It doesn't seem to bother her, even when I touch it. What could it be?

My 2 month old daughter ear is swollen, the cartilage. It doesn't seem to bother her, even when I touch it. What could it be?

? bug bite?: I have seen this happen with a simple bug bite, but am reluctant to say that is all it could be at that age. Might be worth a visit to be sure. ...Read more

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I got two cartilage piercings this past sunday on the same ear. They're still red, slightly swollen, and hurt to touch. What should I do?

I got two cartilage piercings this past sunday on the same ear. They're still red, slightly swollen, and hurt to touch. What should I do?

See PCP: Check in with primary care doctor to examine your ear and make sure that your piercings having not become infected. If they have, you will likely need a course of antibiotics. ...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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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 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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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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My ear lobe suddenly got swollen, red, painful, and hot. It's the part of the lobe that's right below where the cartilage begins. What's causing it?

My ear lobe suddenly got swollen, red, painful, and hot. It's the part of the lobe that's right below where the cartilage begins. What's causing it?

Infection likely: Other possibility is contact dermatitis. However, unless you wear ear ring in one ear only, infection is likely cause. You may want to see your doctor to start antibiotics as soon as possible since infection may spread in cartilage with may require surgery to treat ...Read more

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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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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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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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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 have a swollen, red hard bump on the cartilage/earlobe area of my ear. I would say it is about the size of two peas. Appeared today, no head to it.

I have a swollen, red hard bump on the cartilage/earlobe area of my ear. I would say it is about the size of two peas. Appeared today, no head to it.

Ear papule: Could try warm soaks and topical bacitacin x 12 hours, if not improving or getting worse go to ENT or ER as may need lancing, antibiotics and if on ccatilage a pressure dressing ...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