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If you start getting the first signs of swelling on your ear cartilage because you haven’t been wearing your wrestling headgear, you have to deal with this problem right away. If the swelling stays in your ear for longer than about a week, it starts to harden and may not be able to be removed easily. Most coaches think getting rid of cauliflower ear is fairly trivial and simply needs to be drained with a needle. However, before taking this advice, check the coach’s ear to see if he has permanent cauliflower ear. If he does, he’s probably not an expert about how to prevent this problem! If you speak to a medical doctor ear specialist, you will find out needle draining is a waste of your time. Once the outer portion of the cartilage gets separated and fluid is trapped underneath, the fluid will continue to reproduce until the pocket is completely sliced open by a surgeon’s blade. Draining the fluid off your ear will never fix this problem as it will refill with fluid again in a short period of time – allowing more time for the condition to become worse and harder for a medical professional to fix it. If you start getting the first signs of cauliflower ear, you have to go to an ear specialist immediately. They will do an outpatient surgery where they will use topical anesthesia, cut open the pocket, drain the fluid and put a compression bandage on the ear. The procedure takes less than 30 minutes and is done during a simple office visit. You will be out of training for at least 1 week with a cast or dental dam bandage sewn into your ear. Once more visit with your doctor a week later to remove the bandages and you will be cleared to wrestle again. If you want to avoid this trouble, wear your headgear all the time when training.
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