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What causes bleeding from a scar behind the ear with history of surgery?

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Posted on Fri, 20 May 2016
Question: i have had surgery when i was a child to remove a cyst from my ear, the scar on the back of the ear has started to bleed im now 34, few days ago it was irritating and when i looked at it it was purple but now it bleeding out of a pin size hole, do i need to go to drs?
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Answered by Dr. Shoaib Khan (27 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
No serious cause for concern, can treat from home itself ma'am

Detailed Answer:
Hello ma'am and welcome.

Thank you for writing to us.

I have gone through your query with diligence and would like you to know that I am here to help. There is nothing to worry about ma'am, and here is my advise:

+Clean the region well enough using an antiseptic solution (e.g. Dettol)
+Use a dry and sterile dressing for application over the region
+Purchase an over-the-counter topical antibiotic cream or ointment (e.g. neosporin or metronidazole) and apply with the dressing over the region twice daily for 3 days
+Make sure you keep the region dry and clean at all times
+Once the topical antibiotic application is over, leave the region open, clean and dry

If you do not experience an improvement within 3-5 days, then visit your doctor for a more elaborate evaluation. But such an event can occur when scar tissue develops breaks in it, which is normal and should not be a cause for concern.

I hope you find my response helpful. Please feel free to write back to me for any further clarifications, I am always here to help.

Best wishes.
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What causes bleeding from a scar behind the ear with history of surgery?

Brief Answer: No serious cause for concern, can treat from home itself ma'am Detailed Answer: Hello ma'am and welcome. Thank you for writing to us. I have gone through your query with diligence and would like you to know that I am here to help. There is nothing to worry about ma'am, and here is my advise: +Clean the region well enough using an antiseptic solution (e.g. Dettol) +Use a dry and sterile dressing for application over the region +Purchase an over-the-counter topical antibiotic cream or ointment (e.g. neosporin or metronidazole) and apply with the dressing over the region twice daily for 3 days +Make sure you keep the region dry and clean at all times +Once the topical antibiotic application is over, leave the region open, clean and dry If you do not experience an improvement within 3-5 days, then visit your doctor for a more elaborate evaluation. But such an event can occur when scar tissue develops breaks in it, which is normal and should not be a cause for concern. I hope you find my response helpful. Please feel free to write back to me for any further clarifications, I am always here to help. Best wishes.