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Cauliflower Ear (Overview)

Seen in people who wrestle, box or do martial arts. It is scarring and hypertropy of the tissue around the outside of the ear. The ear often needs to be drained and sometimes surgically corrected to a degree.


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Typically how long does cauliflower ear stay in a liquid form?

Typically how long does cauliflower ear stay in a liquid form?

Days to weeks: I have had cauliflower ear many times. If you drain it, it can come back quickly. If you leave it (and don't continue to irritate it), it will absorb, and harden in a few weeks. Draining it, keeping pressure on it, and a little time off, will usually stop it from coming back. ...Read more

Cauliflower Ear (Overview)

Seen in people who wrestle, box or do martial arts. It is scarring and hypertropy of the tissue around the outside of the ear. The ear often needs to be drained and sometimes surgically corrected to a degree.


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What are the consequences of having cauliflower ear?

What are the consequences of having cauliflower ear?

Ugly Ears: The ear becomes misshapen due to trauma. If you leave it that way....It sticks. See your ENT or facial plastic surgeon asap if you suspect you have cauliflower ear. It can be treated in the office usually. It is much easier to treat in the acute setting then after the fact. ...Read more

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Treating Swimmer's Ear (Checklist)

Keep water out of ears (use earplugs or shower cap when showering)
Daily
Use eardrops as directed
Daily
Use Tylenol or warm compresses to minimize pain
3x day
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My ear hurts but I'm not sure if it's cauliflower ear. How can I know for sure?

Ear: Many cause including infection and jaw issues. Cauliflower ear occurs after trauma and you would see a deformity of the outer ear. If the pain is bad you need to check it out ...Read more

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I had for the last three months a painful cyst like thing above the back of my earlobe can it cause cauliflower ear? My ear seems fine right now.

I had for the last three months a painful cyst like thing above the back of my earlobe can it cause cauliflower ear? My ear seems fine right now.

Sebaceous cyst: Cysts in the earlobe are often quite tender. They can get infected, then the pain is even worse. They are usually treated with antibiotics when acutely infected. But, when they "calm" down, removal is usually accomplished in the office. This does not cause cauliflower ear. You should see an ENT md to see if it warrants removal at this time ...Read more

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Treating an Ear Infection (Checklist)

Look for other sources of ear pain besides infection
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Ask doc if TMJ (spasm of muscles to jaw joint) is causing ear pain
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Know that middle ear fluid isn't necessarily infection
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Look for ear pain and ear drainage -- both signs of infection
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Can cauliflower ear be successfully treated?

Can cauliflower ear be successfully treated?

Very difficult: You'll need an elite plastic surgeon and the outcome is uncertain at best. Like many other fighters, Mr. Couture is proud of his -- I trust you've got a story as well. ...Read more

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Is getting cauliflower ear bad? Is it easy to get?

Is getting cauliflower ear bad? Is it easy to get?

Yes it is easy to ge: If untreated it can cause permenant disfigurement. It is caused by trauma to the ear lobe and is very common in boxing and wrestling. ...Read more

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Why causes a cauliflower ear to form?

Why causes a cauliflower ear to form?

Trauma un treated: A cauliflower ear is something that happens a long time after an injury in which the ear develops something called a hematoma. When traumatized the external ear can often develop bleeding between the layer of tissue that feeds the cartilage of the ear and the cartilage itself. When this happens the cartilage is deprived of blood and deteriorates leading to a deformity called a. ...Read more

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What sort of disease is cauliflower ear?

What sort of disease is cauliflower ear?

Beat-up ear: Cauliflower ear is a descriptive way to talk about an ear that is be traumatized to the point where it looks like a cauliflower, sometimes permanently. ...Read more

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