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A 22-year-old female asked:

Can hitting your eardrum with a qtip cause infection? i have a fullness in my ear and pain. conserved about infection and hearing loss.

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. John Chiu
Allergy and Immunology 58 years experience
Usually not but: the question is whether the chicken or the egg comes first. Did you use the Qtip because something was not right with that ear? If so, it may just be a progression of the ear infection. Although unlikely it is also possible that you might have injured your ear drum with the QTip. Best to consult your physician.
Last updated Feb 9, 2016

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