What does a small hole above the ear mean?

What does a small hole above the ear mean?

A preauricular pit is a small hole or cyst just in front of your ear above your ear canal. This hole marks a sinus tract under the skin that’s in the wrong place. These tracts can vary in size. Some people have a short tract while others have a longer one with lots of branches.

What is preauricular sinus?

Preauricular sinus is a common birth defect that may be seen during a routine exam of a newborn. It generally appears as a tiny skin-lined hole or pit, often just in front of the upper ear where the cartilage of the ear rim meets the face. It may occur on one side (unilateral) or both sides (bilateral) of the ear.

Are Preauricular pits lucky?

The preauricular sinus is much more common worldwide, where in Ethiopia the sinus’ are supposed to bring luck and wealth to the owners of these particular types of sinus. While the tiny holes look like piercings, they’re not supposed to be decorated with a stud or earring as they seldomly can become infected.

Are Preauricular pits gills?

It was first recognized by a scientist Van Heusinger in 1864. Usually these sinuses are found on one side of the face, but 50% of people have them on both the ears. According to Business Insider, one revolutionary biologist Neil Shubin says this hole can be an evolutionary remnant of fish gills.

What do you call a hole in your ear during pregnancy?

This small hole is known as a preauricular pit. It also has other names, such as preauricular sinus or fistula. The hole arises from a problem in ear development during the sixth week of pregnancy.

What causes a small hole in the front of the ear?

Share on PinterestA preauricular pit, also called a preauricular sinus, is a common congenital condition that leaves a small hole in the front of the ear. Aside from their appearance, preauricular pits don’t cause any symptoms. However, sometimes they become infected.

What to do about a hole in your child’s ear?

Your otolaryngologist will first want to rule out genetic syndromes sometimes associated with preauricular pits. To do this, he will take a close look at your child’s head, ear, and neck, as some syndromes cause other external ear malformations like asymmetric ears, pits in the neck, or inner ear problems that lead to hearing loss. 1 

Can a hole in the ear be an abscess?

An abscess may form in an infected preauricular pit. An abscess is a small, painful lump that contains pus. One study in young adult men with preauricular pits found that up until adulthood, around 25% of the holes developed symptoms.