This patient information on Chomdrodermatitis is provided by John L. Meisenheimer, M.D. a board certified Dermatologist and skin care specialist based in Orlando, Florida. This information is not intended as a substitute for the medical advice or treatment of a dermatologist or other physician.
What is it? Chondrodermatitis, which is sometimes called an "ear corn" is a nodule on the side of the ears. These nodules are frequently painful and vary in color from red to skin color. Occasionally they may crust or bleed.
What causes it? Typically Chondrodermatitis is found on the side of the ear you most frequently sleep on. This is because repeated chronic pressure comprises the underlying tissue causing inflammation of the cartilage. Chondrodermatitis is rarely seen under the age of thirty.
Is it dangerous? Chondrodermatitis is not dangerous to the average healthy person, however it can be painful. The pain may be intermittent or continuous, and can be very intense. On rare occasions they can become infected.
Can it be cured? A biopsy is usually performed to confirm an accurate diagnosis and to rule out any other conditions such as skin cancer. Several different treatment options are available for Chondrodermatitis.
Will it spread? No, it does not spread, but you can have more than one.
Is it contagious? Chondrodermatitis is not contagious and you cannot "catch it" from anyone.