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My son has a swollen ear playing rugby.

My son has a swollen ear playing rugby. When I looked for information on this online I read 'This should be dealt with as an emergency by surgical drainage through a small skin incision' but at A+E they did not suggest this.

Should I seek a second option, and if so, should this be from an ENT specialist?

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The answer

The most common cause of swelling of the ear is due to an outer ear infection; however, if this was the result of trauma from playing rugby, swelling will normally subside within 72 hours- using ice packs frequently will aid this process.

The treatment you have read about online relates to certain specific conditions, so if this was not recommended by A&E, and if your son’s symptoms persist, your GP would be able to examine him and refer to an ENT specialist if needed.

Answered by Health at Hand nurses.

 

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