10 Facts About CNH

Ten Things You Should Know About Pressure Sores on the Ears

  • Pressure sores on the ear typically occur in persons who sleep primarily on one side (either by habit or because of shoulder, neck, or arm pain).
  • Pressure sores occur on the most prominent parts of the ear  -- the rim of the helix or the antihelix.
  • A pressure sore on the ear in the earliest stage may simply be a small, tender, red area.
  • Later stages of pressure sores on the ear appear as tender, red, warty papules, small punched-out ulcers, or even deep ulcerations extending to the cartilage.
  • Pressure sores on the ear may be mistaken for skin cancers, but skin cancers are rarely tender or painful.
  • As with any pressure sore, the principal treatment is removal of the pressure from the involved area.
  • Pressure sores on the ears are technically called Chondrodermatitis Nodularis Helicis, or CNH.
  • The SleepEasy CNH Pillow® is designed to treat CNH by eliminating the fundamental cause by removing the pressure from the external ear.
  • Pressure sores on the ear are most common in the elderly.
  • Pressure sores on the ear commonly recur after surgical treatment since the pressure on the ear remains if the patient continues to lie on the ear.