Some people in the world have this odd birth defect in their ears, find out why

This is certainly not the world’s greatest mystery but a mystery no less. Tiny holes in the ear lobe. This is the new viral topic going around but although it sounds frivolous in nature, it does induce curiosity. What exactly are these minute holes that some people have in their ear lobes, not fish gills are they? It’s dangerous how some websites are assuming these could be semi gills because then people are going to dump themselves in water to see if they can breathe and then…..Kaput.

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This is not a piercing but an actual congenital birth defect. Just a tiny percentage of people have this condition and they aren’t aliens. In UK 1 % of the population may have the problem but in Asia and Africa it could be more.

1 A congenital birth defect

These tiny holes in the ear lobe which are thought to be undeveloped gills are actually nodules or dents that are exposed in the external ear. Sometimes open pores too may display a similar condition with the difference that an open pore can stink like hell.

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The holes in ear cartilage are treated as a preauricular sinus which is a birth defect. A scientist called Van Heusinger first documented this peculiar condition in 1864. Although they are found on just one side, 50% of people have them on two.

A congenital birth defect

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2 But don’t put jewelry in them

One evolutionary biologist Neil Shubin stated that they could be an evolutionary remnant of fish gills. Well who knows maybe they are too, but if you should have a similar condition, there is nothing to worry about as these are harmless and insignificant disorders of the body. Even if the holes do get infected, they can easily be treated with antibiotics. Sometimes though in extreme cases, surgery may be required to remove the sinus.

Whatever it may be, do not put jewelry in these tiny holes in the ear lobe as they are not natural piercings.

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