A painful inflammatory condition affecting the ear is called chondrodermatitis nodularis chronica helicis (CNH) or it is sometimes called Winkler disease. Often seen in middle-aged or elderly men but may also affect women and younger adults, CNH results in a benign tender lump in the cartilaginous portion of the ear.
Chondrodermatitis nodularis helicis or CNH is usually located on the upper concave surfaces of the ear, where extremely tender and small skin-colored lumps are seen there and might sometimes be crusty or slightly scaly at the center of the lesion.
Possible treatments for CNH include checking your pillow is soft and considering fashioning a 'hole' in it so there is no pressure on the painful spot. Another treatment is by using a foam rubber or a bath sponge. Wearing a warm hat over the ears when outside in the cold and wind can also help for the treatment of CNH. Applying an antibiotic ointment under a light dressing can also be done if the CNH is ulcerated and as well as using a plain petroleum jelly may also be effective.
One of the causes of CNH is it appears to be pressure between the head the pillow at night occurring in people who sleep predominantly on one side. It can be precipitated by minor trauma such as exposure to cold or a tight headgear or a telephone headset.
Through just basing on the tender lump on the ear where a small painful nodule on the rim of the ear due to CNH, can easily be diagnosed by the doctor.