Ear bleeding has a variety of possible causes where some can be alarming. A doctor should be consulted if the individual experiences bleeding from the ear to determine the root cause.
What are the causes?
Various injuries or conditions can lead to ear bleeding.
A tear in the eardrum can trigger symptoms such as:
- Hearing loss
- Ear pain or discomfort
- Ringing in the ear
- Nausea or vomiting brought about by vertigo
An infection involving the middle ear can cause:
- Ear pain or pressure
- Difficulty sleeping
- Balance issues
Abrupt changes in the altitude can result to ear barotrauma. The condition can lead to ear bleeding due to the rupture of the eardrum as well as ear pain and pressure, ringing in the ears and dizziness.
Foreign object in the ear canal
The presence of a foreign object in the ear canal can damage the eardrum. This can result to ear bleeding as well as ear pain or pressure, hearing loss, drainage of fluid from the ear and dizziness.
Falls or accidents can result to a head injury that can cause ear bleeding. This might be a sign of bleeding around the brain, thus it is vital to seek prompt emergency care.
Management of ear bleeding
Once the root cause of ear bleeding has been identified, the treatment is aimed on the underlying cause.
Some of these treatment options include:
- Antibiotics – these drugs treat and clear up some infections.
- “Watchful waiting” – most of the underlying causes for ear bleeding will settle over time. This is the commonly used approach for a ruptured eardrum and concussion or other forms of head trauma.
- Pain medications – over-the-counter pain medications can lessen the discomfort and pain from ear infections or injuries
- Warm compress – this can gently lessen the pain and discomfort
- Ear protection – ear plugs or covers can be used to prevent debris and water from entering the ears if suggested by the doctor
More Information / Disclaimer
The information posted on this page on ear bleeding is for learning purposes only. Learn more about the possible causes by taking a standard first aid course with Victoria First Aid.