What is Cauliflower Ear?: A Rugby Players Curse!
I’m guessing you are here because you are asking What is Cauliflower Ear?
Or maybe you want to find out more about what this condition is all about
There are many questions about them online and you are going to get all the answers right here
Table of Contents
- What is Cauliflower Ear?
- Why Do Rugby Players Get Cauliflower Ears?
- What Are The First Signs of Cauliflower Ears?
- What Can Prevent Cauliflower Ears?
- Can Cauliflower Ears be Treated?
I’ve seen my fair share of rugby players with this problem
Walking around like they are wearing a Bluetooth set on each ear
Let’s face it,
If you start a fight with a rugby player with swollen ears it’s not going to end well for you
You can guarantee that he isn’t shy from getting stuck in
So, What is Cauliflower Ear?
It’s not the medical term for it as you probably already guessed
But it has been called that for a long time due to the fact that player ears with this condition look like, well, cauliflowers
The correct name for this condition is Perichondrial Hematoma
Here is Googles definition of what it is
Repeated knocks and blows to the ears during games can, but not always, cause external infection or damage to the upper ear making them swollen and lumpy
Swollen and Lumpy sound like the dwarfs that didn’t make the cut for the movie with Snow White
Basically, it’s when the blood circulation has been cut off from the ear which causes the swelling and deformation
Why Do Rugby Players Get Cauliflower Ears?
Rugby always has, and always will be, one of the toughest sports in the world
So it is inevitable that will be some injuries in a game or two
Especially traumas to the head area whilst going in for tackles, or getting tackled
It’s more common in the forwards as they tend to do all the hard donkey work and get the most battering
And of course, there’s the scrum that they smash into
Bit of a fun fact here, did you know that the rugby scrum has the same force of impact as……
- A car crash at 30mph
- The charging of 2 male muskoxen
- The bite of an adult crocodile
- And me trying to give a piggyback to a rhino!
What Are The First Signs of Cauliflower Ears?
Don’t panic here, but you won’t suddenly start sprouting leaves from your inner ears
If you get a bang to the side of your head during a game
You will start to see some bruising and swelling after a short while if you are going to get the dreaded cauliflower ears
The shape of your ears will be a different shape than they normally are as well
That’s because the blood is building up around the damaged area
Pretty much like any bump you get on your body
But because the ear cartridge is extremely delicate
You will get more blood building up than in other areas you get a bump on
Obviously the severity of the traumas to the ears depends on how badly the symptoms will be so take note of what is happening after the ears have been injured
There are some common symptoms and of course severe symptoms to be aware of, which are…
Cauliflower Ear Common Symptoms
- Slight Deformity
Cauliflower Ear Severe Symptoms
- Ringing of The Ear
- Facial Swelling
- Loss of Hearing
- Blurred Vision
- Severe Bleeding
If any of these symptoms occur then seek medical treatment straight away
What Can Prevent Cauliflower Ears?
Well one thing you can do to prevent cauliflower ears is to start doing ballet
I’ve never seen a ballet dancer with that problem
Or you could just wear a scrum cap to protect your ears and although they are not compulsory
Which I think they should be for everyone that plays
They could save you from having ears like the Shrek’s big toe
Can Cauliflower Ears be Treated?
The disfigurement will probably always be there if the scar tissue had formed
And might even deteriorate over time as you get older
Some people opt for cosmetic surgery but that can get expensive
There is no known medical treatment to make them better
But in the worst cases they might have to be treated by a professional
If you do have serious problems with your ears though,
Please go and see your GP as soon as possible
The earlier you catch the start of this common problem in rugby players
The more chance you will prevent any other complications later on in life
Here is a Quick Video on How to Treat Cauliflower Ears
One Last Thing Before You go
Do you suffer with this condition?
If so I would love to know how it has affected you in everyday life
Or even if they don’t bother you at all, just let me know
So, if there’s anything else you would like go know about this subject
Please feel free to ask me in the comment section and I will gladly get back to you.