Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.


Cut to the Ear Overview

Another name for Cut to the Ear is Ear Laceration.

What is an ear laceration?
A person with a laceration has a cut, or tear, in the skin, caused by an injury. Lacerations may also involve structures that lie beneath the skin, such as muscles, tendons, blood vessels, and nerves. When the doctor evaluates an ear laceration, it will be important to determine if the laceration has damaged the cartilage in the ear.

What are the symptoms of an ear laceration?
The symptoms of a laceration include pain, bleeding, swelling, and bruising to the skin. Worsening redness, swelling, and tenderness around a laceration are signs of a skin infection, called cellulitis.

How does the doctor treat an ear laceration?
In the majority of cases, the treatment for a laceration includes wound irrigation, wound cleansing, and laceration repair. Additional treatment for lacerations may include a tetanus vaccine, antibiotics, and pain medications.

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