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What is perichondritis?

Perichondritis occurs when the area around the cartilage of the outside of the ear becomes infected. Usually, the bacterium that causes the infection gets into the tissue because of an injury, puncture, or bite in the fleshy part of the ear. If untreated it can become chondritis, an infection of the ear cartilage, that can severely damage the structure of the ear. Antibiotic treatment clears up most perichondritis infections.

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