Auricular (Ear) Haematoma
- Tender, tense, collection of blood, usually in the front of the ear lobe.
- The overlying skin may be red or bruised.
- Apply ice and firm compression to the acute haematoma (sudden bruising).
- Carefully pack a pressure dressing (cotton wool soaked in collodion) against the ear, following the contours of the outer ear, and bandage firmly.
- Ask the parent/ guardian to examine the ear daily to assess progress.
- The player may return to non-contact sports immediately but protective headgear is required for return to contact sports.
- Protective headgear (e.g. scrum caps) should be worn to prevent trauma to the ears.
A blow to the side of the head may occasionally injury the eardrum.
Pain, bleeding from the ear and difficulty in hearing.
- Should be seen by a doctor.
- Perforation of the eardrum usually heals spontaneously.
- Antibiotic therapy may be given to prevent infection.
- Keep the ear dry until the perforation is healed.