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Old 07-28-2010, 12:59 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Thinking of getting my ear drained but if I do will I be able to train?

I've got cauliflower ear pretty bad on my left ear. I started wearing a headgear and it's gone way down so I was happy. Well, last night we were doing takedowns and I didn't have the headgear on and now it's all blown up again. I've been thinking of draining it but was told if I do I won't be able to train for a month. I've heard that if you get it drained and hit it again it will fill up even worse. Not sure what I should do. I started icing it but I'm not willing to take a month off of my training.

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Old 07-30-2010, 06:19 PM   #2 (permalink)
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We have guys running into this all the time. Drain it and wear headgear ANY time there is a chance of it getting smacked, including: rolling, clench work, takedowns, sparring, etc. you will need to be consistent on this for about a month or until it COMPLETELY heals. IBu profen also helps. You can train, just be smart about it.
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Man, I don't wear any headgear when I grapple but I should because I fear cauliflower ear like it's the black plague. I hope I never get it. That stuff is nasty.
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Old 08-02-2010, 12:45 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Man, I don't wear any headgear when I grapple but I should because I fear cauliflower ear like it's the black plague. I hope I never get it. That stuff is nasty.
Its weird, some get it some don't. I went all thru jr. high and high school with no problem. 20 yrs later I got it in 6 months.

If you do buy head gear, spend the extra $$ and avoid the metal clasps. They rust rapidly. This is one on those items you get what you pay for..
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Old 01-14-2011, 05:14 AM   #5 (permalink)
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cauliflower ear solutions

I've read about this article, and maybe it may help you with the cauliflower ear problem. anyways, when you do roll keep a headgear on and be cautious on your ear.
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Old 01-14-2011, 05:25 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Man, I don't wear any headgear when I grapple but I should because I fear cauliflower ear like it's the black plague. I hope I never get it. That stuff is nasty.
That is the exact reason i wear headgear when working the Clinch or rolling.

I literally started to get a small amount of Cauli after only a little bit of clinch work so put the breaks on that shit and got some decent headgear.

I might look like a fool for an hour or 2 training in it but i'd rather look stupid for an hour than stupid for the rest of my life.

Sorry, but i just dont dig the manky ear look.
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Sorry, but i just dont dig the manky ear look.
It's not only the odd looks (of which some martial artists are proud of), but it can also reduce your hearing ability. The natural form of the pinna/outer ear has evolved to reflect sounds into the ear and is also important for your ability to localise from what direction a sound comes from. In the worst case it can get swollen that much that it closes the entrance of the ear. Then hearing is reduced like having a plug in that ear.

To the OP, go an ask your doctor. It also depends of the size of your hematoma on how much time it will need to heal. But be quick, when the fibrous tissue is already built you cannot puncture it anymore, but will need surgery to get rid of it.

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I agree better spend on getting some high quality ones. they look really nasty so why take the chance.
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