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After using a q~tip to clean my ear, I woke up the next day with my ear bleeding and plugged. Same as when water is in ear. How do I unplug ear?

After using a q~tip to clean my ear, I woke up the next day with my ear bleeding and plugged. Same as when water is in ear. How do I unplug ear?

Doctor: Given the bleeding, you really need to have a medical professional look into the ear with the appropriate equipment. You could have a perforated ear drum, which can create the sensations you're describing. It's actually best not to put anything in your ear, as it's very easy to tear your eardrum on accident! ...Read more

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Why is my ear bleeding and why does it have a bad odor and what can I do to stop it?

Why is my ear bleeding and why does it have a bad odor and what can I do to stop it?

Ear infection: With the symptoms you describe, it sounds like you have a serous otitis media inner ear infection, which usually need to be assessed and treated with antibiotics by a health care provider. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Ear bleeding my 20 years old is bleeing from on ear not much but is blood with black particles. And it doesn't hurt him?

Ear bleeding my 20 years old is bleeing from on ear not much but is blood with black particles. And it doesn't hurt him?

? using Q-tips?: The most common cause of ear bleeding is due to an abrasion in the canal skin from a q-tip or other object placed in the ear. The black particles may be bits of dislodged scab. Another possibility is a fungal infection which produces spores---little black dots. This can be painless. Have your doc take a look! ...Read more

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How to stop ear bleeding that started 2 days ago? The doctor gave me ear drops, but it won't help, it is become worse.

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How to stop ear bleeding that started 2 days ago? The doctor gave me ear drops, but it won't help, it is become worse.

Bloody ear discharge: The most common cause of persistent bleeding from ear is aural polyps. Ear drops with steroid such as Ciprodex works better than Ofloxacin which is a pure antibiotic. ...Read more

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What do you do if you were cleaning a babies ear and it started bleeding?

What do you do if you were cleaning a babies ear and it started bleeding?

Using a Q-tip to: Clean the external ear canal pushes wax toward the eardrum. A scratch in the canal will heal; a ruptured ear drum would've been very painful. If her doctor okays it, use 2% hydrogen peroxide mixed 50-50 with sterile water in a sterile botle & dropper. Lay baby on her side, gently pull back the ear, instill 3-4 drops & allow 4-5 minutes in that position for it to " bubble" out the wax, not q-tips. ...Read more

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I need help or advice on what to do I have bleeding in my ear. Accidently poked myself while cleaning?

I need help or advice on what to do I have bleeding in my ear. Accidently poked myself while cleaning?

Pressure.: Pressure for 10 minutes (watch a clock) will stop any bleeding unless you have a blood clotting disorder. If it's too far inside the ear canal to reach, put a piece of cotton in there and see your doctor. There is a lesson to be learned here, of course -- never put anything smaller than your elbow inside your ear! You're just pushing the dirt further back, and risking exactly what happened. ...Read more

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I started cleaning my husband's ear an went a bit far and it started bleeding little, he started having pain, can hear noises and sound doesn't balance?

I started cleaning my husband's ear an went a bit far and it started bleeding little, he started having pain, can hear noises and sound doesn't balance?

See ENT: He needs to see an ear nose and throat doctor, or otolaryngologist. It's easy to scrape the ear canal, or even hurt the eardrum. He should be checked out. In the future, would advise having only an ENT doctor clean out ears. ...Read more

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What should be done when a ENT cleans out someone's ears and they start bleeding?

What should be done when a ENT cleans out someone's ears and they start bleeding?

Not uncommon: A small amount of bleeding might be no big deal since the ear canal is lined by thin, extremely sensitive skin. I would certainly let the doctor who did the cleaning know immediately and probably go back and allow them to take a second look to make sure there is no problem. ...Read more

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20 minutes ago I was cleaning my ear with a qtip and I went too far and it started to bleed I can hear fine and it stopped bleeding

20 minutes ago I was cleaning my ear with a qtip and I went too far and it started to bleed I can hear fine and it stopped bleeding

You: You probably scratched the side of your ear canal. If it stopped bleeding and your hearing is fine, you don't need to worry. It is recommended that q-tips not be used to clean the ear canal. Use it to clean the outer ear but not inside. Becareful. ...Read more

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Eardrum is bleeding inside my ear after cleaning with que tip?

Eardrum is bleeding inside my ear after cleaning with que tip?

Eardrum bleeding: Eardrum is bleeding inside my ear after cleaning with que tip? ANS no likely eardrum bleeding but if it is go to ER now. My mother told me to never stick anything in my ear smaller than my elbow. Still good advice. ...Read more

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I cleaned my husbands ear with peroxide and a cotton swab. Then his ear started bleeding. It has stopped but there is a cut and is clogged?

I cleaned my husbands ear with peroxide and a cotton swab. Then his ear started bleeding. It has stopped but there is a cut and is clogged?

Never use Q-tips: As you probably know, Q-tips are not supposed to be used in the ear canal for the very reason you noted. You can accidentally cause a canal abrasion which bleeds. Now, you should go to an otolaryngologist to carefully examine and clean the ear. There are many OTC remedies to dissolve ear wax safely rather than using Q-tips. Please look into that area in the future. ...Read more

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Doctor cleaned my ear and prescribed ear drops, but the next morning my ear was bleeding. Should I use the drops or tell the doctor? Possible causes?

Doctor cleaned my ear and prescribed ear drops, but the next morning my ear was bleeding. Should I use the drops or tell the doctor? Possible causes?

Absolutely call doc: Only your doctor knows what was found and what treatment was performed on you. Bleeding may be little more than a scratch on the ear canal, but don't take a chance by adopting a wait-and-see attitude. Be assured, your doctor will be much happier hearing from you than having to address possible progression of a complication later. ...Read more

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My 9year old daughter was cleaning ears with qtip and seen a decent amount of blood. The bleeding stoped shortly after she has no pain or hearing loss?

My 9year old daughter was cleaning ears with qtip and seen a decent amount of blood. The bleeding stoped shortly after she has no pain or hearing loss?

R/O OTITIS V TRAUMA: Q tips can often cause more harm and trauma to the ears either by scraping the canal or blocking the cerumen. She needs a through exam to differentiate and potentially antibiotic therapy. She should be seen ASAP, especially if fever develops ...Read more

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For the past 3 weeks my ears have been bleeding. Only when I clean them tho. And every once in a while my nose will start bleeding should I to doctor?

For the past 3 weeks my ears have been bleeding. Only when I clean them tho. And every once in a while my nose will start bleeding should I to doctor?

Ear trauma: You may be injuring the delicate skin of the ear canal when you clean them. Sometimes if there is eczema the skin itches and is more likely to bleed. Nose bleeds this time of year are usually from dryness. Certainly bleeding from minor trauma from multiple locations might indicate a coagulation disorder so if the bleeding continues then see md. ...Read more

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I AM CLEANING UP MY EAR WITH A MATCH STICK AND I GOT ASLEEP ON BED, MY BROTHER MISTAKELY MAKE THE MATCH STICK STICK IN A BIT AND I SAW A LITTLE BLEED?

I AM CLEANING UP MY EAR WITH A MATCH STICK AND I GOT ASLEEP ON BED, MY BROTHER MISTAKELY MAKE THE MATCH STICK STICK IN A BIT AND I SAW A LITTLE BLEED?

Scratched ear canal: Probably you just scratched your ear canal. This will bleed a little, but should heal in a day or 2. If the bleeding continues or you have pain or trouble hearing, see a doctor. Usually best not to put any object in your ear. Good luck! ...Read more

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I hit my head very hard on concrete last night, it was bleeding a lot and the paramedic cleaned it up, now foggy headed & very sore, stiff neck.

I hit my head very hard on concrete last night, it was bleeding a lot and the paramedic cleaned it up, now foggy headed & very sore, stiff neck.

Go to ER immediately: Given your stiff neck you need to be seen and examined today to make sure that there is no life threatening illness that is present such as a bleed. If that has been ruled out you could have a concussion since you hit your head hard on concrete. Good luck! ...Read more

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If you go see a doctor and after they clean your ears out with a tool is it normal for your ear to bleed?

A little blood is ok: A little blood can be normal-the skin of your ear canal is almost paper thin and delicate. When you have thick wax that can be difficult to clean, it is possible that the skin could get bruised or scraped a little bit just like you could get a paper cut, etc. If you are having more than a little blood and a lot of pain then it might be a problem that you should have a doctor check out. ...Read more

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Cleaning ear and clogged by cotton swab, cant hear and little bleed. Doctor clean ear still cant hear?

Impacted ear wax: Cleaning ears with cotton swab could push the wax back causing further occlusion or coul ruptur your esr drum. If wax cleaned it may take a few days to hear well. If unable to hear may need an ENT
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While cleaning my ear the qtip implailed my ear drum. My ear bleed 4 two days and it feels like my ear is plugged. Can't hear, migraine what do I do?

While cleaning my ear the qtip implailed my ear drum. My ear bleed 4 two days and it feels like my ear is plugged. Can't hear, migraine what do I do?

See an ENT DOC: Cleaning the inside of ear canal with a q-tip is a definite no no. Tearing the drum, bleeding may be repaired, but I have seen patients that have dislocated one of the 3 hearing bones. That can cause severe conduction hearing loss with normal nerve. The surgery for that although not hard is only 30 % successful with risk of facial palsy and loosing your taste on one side. ...Read more

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Severe headache for 2 weeks, light mucosal nose bleeding one sided, clean head CT and blood test. Halved my cabergoline dose 2 weeks ago. Could be related?

Severe headache for 2 weeks, light mucosal nose bleeding one sided, clean head CT and blood test. Halved my cabergoline dose 2 weeks ago. Could be related?

Headache Med change: The Cabergoline you've been taking usually can cause a headache when first starting. It would be unusual for it to give you a headache upon cutting the dose in half. There are other medications that you may be taking as well that can create some of the problem. If your blood pressure is normal you need to speak with your doctor who's given you the medication. The nose bleed evaluated by an ENT. ...Read more

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Sudden bleeding from the ears. What can cause that?

Sudden bleeding from the ears. What can cause that?

?? conditions??: If you were cleaning your ears with a q-tip or other object you could scratch the canal lining and get a bleed. If it followed pain in the ear it could be an ear drum rupture from a rapidly progressing ear infection. If neither are true I can't think of another cause. A trip to your pcp during regular hours should sort it out. ...Read more

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What does it mean if your bleeding out of your ears?

What does it mean if your bleeding out of your ears?

Trauma: If bleeding is from the outer ear canal without history of trauma to the canal, then it can be due to infection or irritant exposure (excessive use of cleaning solutions for example). If from the inner ear with ruptured ear drum, then this could be from trauma and internal bleeding, inner ear infection, or abnormal growth/lesion in that area. ...Read more

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My ears are bleeding from the inside. How do I stop this?

For how long?: Most bleeding from the ear is self limited. If you have a blood vessel tumor in your middle ear, you will bleed without limitation. If it keeps bleeding, you need to go see a doctor. ...Read more

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I scratch me ear and it bleeding on and off what should I do?

I scratch me ear and it bleeding on and off what should I do?

Pressure: Apply pressure for 20 min- no peeking. If you are on blood thinners or the bleeding doesn't stop see your doctor. ...Read more

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Why is there bleeding of the ear?

Why is there bleeding of the ear?

Usually trauma: Most often from q tips or your finger but sometimes from a bad ear infection have it checked ...Read more

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How do I make my ear stop bleeding?

How do I make my ear stop bleeding?

Why is it bleeding?: The better question is why is it bleeding and for my purpose what part of your ear is bleeding? Alot more information is needed here. If blood is coming from your ear canal, cotton and antibiotic ointment can stop the flow. Regardless, you must see an ENT doctor. ...Read more