Dried blood, small amounts of blood in ear wax & blood clots
Ear bleeding can occur with or without pain. In both cases, ear bleeding must be monitored as it can be a sign of a larger concern. Sometimes, ear bleeding can present as blood in ear wax and not outright bleeding from the ear.
There are many causes for ear bleeding ranging from small sores caused by improper use of a cotton swab or Q-Tip, to more dangerous causes such as a head injury or an acoustic trauma. When more dangerous causes occur your eardrum can be injured or perforated and extreme pain can coincide with ear bleeding.
Ear bleeding is usually a symptom of a perforated eardrum due to ear infection or trauma to the ear, but there are multiple potential causes. Learn some of the most common causes that can lead to bleeding from the ear below.
One cause of ear bleeding is the presence of a small sore or superficial wound inside the ear canal due to frequent use of Q-Tips and cotton swabs, an incorrect practice though common in many ear cleaning routine.
In fact, the cotton swab, rubbing continuously against the thin walls of the ear canal, can tear the surface or, in serious cases, cause the rupture or perforation of the eardrum. In less serious cases you will not feel pain but may notice blood on your cotton swab or earwax mixed with blood. In more serious cases you may experience ear pain and hearing difficulties (temporary hearing loss).
Hearing the blood flow in your ears is not related to ear bleeding. It likely caused by pulsatile tinnitus.
Pulsatile tinnitus can be caused by circulatory dysfunction. However, noise pollution, like listening to music with earphones, the prolonged intake of drugs such as antibiotics and diuretics, and any trauma to the head and neck could cause the onset of rhythmic pulsations. Pulsatile tinnitus can be easily diagnosed by your doctor through a physical examination of the head and neck.
Bloody earwax is usually caused my minor injuries and are accompanied with minimal ear bleeding and small amounts of blood present in the earwax. These cases often resolve on their own. If other symptoms are present it is good to call your doctor to avoid following long-term complications like hearing loss or meningitis that can come from an infection.
In fact, another potential cause of ear bleeding in babies and children may be otitis media. Further indications are severe exhaustion and fever in children.
Because ear bleeding is a symptom of another condition, its treatment involves identifying the root cause. When the cause is treated, the bleeding will stop. These treatments include:
Consult a doctor in the following cases:
Several complications can arise if the cause of ear bleeding is not treated. These complications depend on the diagnosis and symptoms: