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White Bumps On Ear Cartilage
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?
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
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
I have a very small bump on the outer cartilage of my ear that is painful. Can you speculate as to what this is? Should I be concerned?
Ear: Please have your doctor refer you an Ear, Nose, and Throat doctor. ...Read more
She has a bump behind one ear that is not behind the other. It seems to be firm like cartilage. She hadn't noticed it until it started itching today.
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
Do not self-treat: You don't. You see a doctor and let him or her handle the treatment of an infection. ...Read more
I have a hard pebble sized lump on my outer ear cartilage. It doesn't hurt. Is this something to worry about?
I have a bump on the back of my cartilage piercing, how to I make it go away without having to get my ear re-pierced?
Warm soaks: Try warm soaks 2-3 times a day. ...Read more
I have a bump that has formed on the top of my ear from a cartilage piercing that never healed. Is there a way to remove this?
Probably scar: This could either be a scar or perhaps a small cyst from trapped skin or inflamed cartilage. You can never completely remove a scar but it might be reduced in size and made less visible. Consult with a facial plastic surgeon for best treatment. Be aware that you probably will not be able to wear jewelry there. ...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?
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
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
Hi. I have 2 bumps on my ears. 1 is on my right ear and it feels like cartilage. The other one is smaller and on my left ear and hurts when I touch it?
Bumps: IT'S not possible to make a diagnosis without examining these bumps. It's especially important to get examined in view of the tender bump especially if there's associated redness which may be indicative of an infected cyst. ...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. Then 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.
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?
Can scar revision work to remove keloids? I have a bump on the top of my ear from when I had the cartilage pierced several years ago. I have been told it is a keloid. Can scar revision remove this bump permanently?
Keloids : Keloids can be very tough to treat. One might want to consider an injection of a steroid first to see if it will shrink. If not then surgery is the first choice and many times at the time of surgery iwill inject soem steroids while I am closing. Followup is so critical so at the first sign of a recurrence you can have it injected. Wwwbeautybybrueck. ...Read more
The cartilage on the inside of my left ear hurts. It is right above my ear drum, looks more red and noticeable bump, hurts when touching it? Took a pic
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
Daughter just found bony bump behind ear. Hard smaller than a bb. Pcp says no lymph nodes thinks cartilage. Bone spur? No xrays done. I'm worried??
Not sure: Since it is smaller than a BB it is probably nothing to worry about. X-rays are not likely to show much in this area. Just keep an eye on it and if it should start getting larger, then ask again for an evaluation. Meanwhile, ask her not to rub or mess with it (or you either!) Just check once a week or so. ...Read more
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