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My 13 year old son was qtip-ing his ear, his sister scared him, he poked his ear. It started bleeding. Should we take him in tonight or is the AM ok?

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In brief: Likely a scratch

The bleeding is likely caused by a minor scratch of the ear canal.
However, the ear drum could be punctured. It would be best to have him examined to determine the extent of the injury and obtain treatment to aid with pain and healing. Seeking treatment tonight may be needed particularly if he is in significant pain. Otherwise, have him seen in the am and give Ibuprofen for pain for now.

In brief: Likely a scratch

The bleeding is likely caused by a minor scratch of the ear canal.
However, the ear drum could be punctured. It would be best to have him examined to determine the extent of the injury and obtain treatment to aid with pain and healing. Seeking treatment tonight may be needed particularly if he is in significant pain. Otherwise, have him seen in the am and give Ibuprofen for pain for now.
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Dr. Diane Minich
No q tips in the ear. Follow the rule nothing smaller than your elbow in your ear.
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