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Ear Cartilage Infection

Ear Cartilage Infection is commonly referred to as Perichondritis and is an infection of the tissue and skin that is covering any cartilage of the outer ear for protection.

Cartilage is tissue that is thick and forms the shapes of the nose and the outer ear. Cartilage has this very thin tissue layer over it and is referred to as the perichondrium. This layer of covering aids in providing nutrients to the cartilage.

The more common bacterium that causes this type problem is Pseudomonas aeruginosa. An infection to this tissue layer is normally caused by an outer ear injury due to ear piercing particularly of the cartilage, ear surgery or sports with lots of contact. The most significant risk is the piercing of the ear thru the cartilage. Also burns, surgery as well as acupuncture all can increase the risk of this infection.

This is why it is always advisable to have the ear lobes pierced instead of the other areas of the ear.

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