It may be necessary to drain the injury to reduce pressure and damage from swelling. Ear drainage for cauliflower ear requires breaking the skin and drawing out fluid with a syringe. The risks of treating cauliflower ear as a do-it-yourself project are extreme. First off, breaking the skin puts individuals at risk of infection. Secondly, damage to ear cartilage is what leads to long-term damage to the outer ear, and if an individual doesn't know what they're doing, they may add an additional puncture to the already damaged cartilage.
Studies indicate damage to the outer ear can ultimately lead to hearing loss. Damage to the outer ear, caused by infection or cartilage scarring, may require later surgeries to reconstruct the ear. Seek professional help to drain the damage of cauliflower ear!