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Strange bumps on the helix of my ear...dietary?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 20, 2011 at 12:25 PM

Hi guys.

Over the past four months or so I have noticed some small bumps form on the helix of my ear. They do not hurt (although I have admittedly tried to pick them a couple of times). At first I thought they might just be small sebaceous cysts or something, but after doing some reading, it sounds like they could be the result of an overabundance of uric acid - so I guess 'gout'.

The question I have is, could this be related to my diet? I eat a lot of meat and although I have read a lot about the causes of gout and am not really convinced that meat consumption can cause something like this, I am still unsure.

I eat 1-2 meals a day, with a big wad of fatty protein (rib eye steaks, duck breasts, belly pork) and usually some sort of starchy vegetable like sweet potatoes or parsnips. I use a mixture of sea salt and himalayan rock salt to season my food (if this is relevant). I drink 3-5 litres of water a day, and that doesn't include tea / coffee which I also consume.

The worrying thing I guess is that I am 22 years old so would not have though something like this would affect me.

Thanks for any ideas.

B124653b19ee9dd438710a38954ed4a3

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on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

I get bumps in my helix every so often though more commonly in my lobes. They come and go without explanation, and have had them for as long as I can remember. Asked a doctor the last time I saw one (years ago) but they just shook their head and went on with the day

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on February 03, 2011
at 10:01 AM

Thanks, I have been considering this as I do not think I get enough vit C anyway. I will see if this helps.

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on February 03, 2011
at 09:59 AM

No other symptoms of gout as far as I can make out...although my joints are somewhat 'creaky' and I do have problems with my left wrist every now and then...? I also have a lump in the lobe of the same ear which has been there since I can remember, and feels quite similar.

B124653b19ee9dd438710a38954ed4a3

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on February 02, 2011
at 11:03 PM

But, note that I do not have a gallbladder so inefficient removing of toxins may be causing mine. Unfortunately there is nothing I can do to change that. The bumps are so small that I rarely notice them, and they do come and go very fast.

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on January 20, 2011
at 04:25 PM

do you have any other symptoms like pain in the big toe joint on your right foot? and btw, I'm 25 and have experienced gout several times. I think you're more likely to experience it if your parents and grandparents have struggled with it.

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on February 03, 2011
at 12:59 AM

If it is due to hyperuricemia, then vitamin C supplementation should help to mitigate it. I think massive changes in vitamin C intake are bad if it's gout, but 1 gram a day would be unlikely to cause problems. I personally take about 1-1.5g a day. I posted something about it here: http://paleohacks.com/questions/20860/seems-like-we-paleo-types-would-still-require-vitamin-c-supplementation#axzz1CmIvYqDM

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on February 03, 2011
at 10:01 AM

Thanks, I have been considering this as I do not think I get enough vit C anyway. I will see if this helps.

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on April 25, 2012
at 05:43 AM

okay - this is going to get your goat. To the people who have these "bumps" on the rim of the helix.... The bumps that seem to appear over night... The bumps that have not gone away. Have you ever had... now I know this is going to sound nuts... But have you ever had a loss of time experience?

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on March 21, 2012
at 06:49 PM

I had this same experience and I concluded, after a brief google search, that it is Chondrodermatitis Nodularis Helicis Chronicus. I don't believe the "chronicus" applies to me since it disappeared after 3-4 weeks and it's been several months since they cleared. It is not uncommon, the cause is unknown, and it doesn't appear to be linked to any serious health problem. I certainly wouldn't worry about it and see if it doesn't pass as it did with me.

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on March 21, 2012
at 07:21 AM

When I was eating a lot more carbs, I had more episodes of gout. To combat gout, I would eat a dozen fresh or canned cheries (I know they are carbs but stick with me) per day and the gout would go away in just a few days.
Bioflavanoids also work very well.

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on March 21, 2012
at 12:37 AM

i have the same thing i think but its like 8 bumps on the helix of my ear and it kinda itches any suggestions what it may be?

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on February 02, 2011
at 11:50 PM

I seem to have something similar going on. I have a few bumps on each of my ear lobes. And one big bump on my left ring finger. I am 18 years old.

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on February 02, 2011
at 06:37 PM

In GOUT, extra-articular deposits of monosodium urate monohydrate (MSU) crystals, known as tophi, may be seen along the Achilles tendon or on the ear helix, olecranon bursa, or prepatellar bursa.

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