What is the treatment of Chondrodermatitis?
Let’s start with the obvious. The diagnosis needs to be confirmed by an experienced doctor. A skin biopsy may may be required.
Non-Surgical Treatments are based upon reducing Pressure on the lesion when you sleep on that side. DIY enthusiasiasts can can fashion a piece of foam or rubber with a hole in it, and wear this over the ear at night. The foam or sponge is hollowed-out so that the area affected lies in an air gap.
Chondrodermatitis may be treated by cutting out a hole in some foam and attaching it around the forehead
Alternatively, you can search for ‘chondrodermatis pillow’ or ‘CNH pillow.’
Use regular sun protection on that side, and avoid cold ears!
The most basic Surgical Treatment is curettage that allows for both diagnosis and treatment. However, the quality of the sample used for curettage is not as good as the quality of a shave biopsy. The method of biopsy therefore depends on the likelihood of CNH .v. skin cancer such as SCC.
Formal Excision (with sutures) down to cartilage has the lowest recurrence rate.
Freezing treatment (cryotherapy) is also an option.
Steroid cream or Steroid injection may reduce the discomfort.