Chondrodermatitis nodularis chronica helicis (CNH) is a mouthful for sure! It is a common, benign, painful condition that occurs on the helix, the antihelix – the outside – of the ear. CNH ordinarily affects middle-aged or older males. This does not mean that we will not see this in our female clients. In fact, that is where I first discovered that this is a real issue.
What we were told is that the cartilage in ears have a very poor blood supply. This is due to the fact that ears have very little fat in them.
If the human ear gets too cold, gets too much sun, or simply ages, the cartilage can die. This can create the CNH; the very painful spot on the ear.
One issue with this is that it becomes very difficult for the person to sleep because the spot is red, bumpy and gets agitated when it is laid on. There are certain things that we can acquire for our clients to help them get a good night’s rest. The specifics about these products will be talked about tomorrow.
For now, let’s just get back to the topic at hand. To relieve some of the initial tension, a cortisone shot can be administered to the sore spot on the ear. The shot could take anywhere from six weeks to two months to totally take effect. If this does not help, the doctor can actually cut out part of the lump and stitch it up. It takes a bit longer for this procedure to heal, but could help alleviate some of the pain.
Looking into all of this helps your client know you are serious when you tell them you are in the business to show that With Age Comes Respect.