Immediately Ice The Area
Once an ear is injured, it will likely swell and may redden as well. This damage should be iced immediately. To properly ice any injury, make sure the area is protected from frostbite by wrapping an ice pack with a light towel or paper towel before placing it over the injury. Ice for fifteen minutes, then allow the injured area a break for ten to fifteen minutes or until feeling comes back to the skin. Continue this process for two hours.
Excessive icing time can lead to frostbite, thus it is crucial to monitor the icing process. Individuals should be aware the cartilage around the outer ear is at great risk for damage from frostbite when they ice the area. By leaving ice on too long, patients may actually do more damage by causing frostbite to the skin and soft tissue around the ear.