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Blood stain while cleaning the ear, lots of bleeding. Is the ear drum damaged ?

i accidentally cleaning my 3 years old daughter ear. all of sudden she was screaming lots with pain. definitely i took out the q tip. and i saw there is blood stain on the q tip. the following second there is lots of blood came out from her ear. what should i do she refused me to go close to her ear as it was pain for her. will i damaged her ear drum ?
Asked On : Fri, 5 Oct 2012
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Dear customer,

A small amount of ear wax is actually necessary for optimal ear health. The wax buildup serves the purpose of keeping things like dust, debris from hair product, and water from entering the ear canal and causing infection.

The best way to remove it is via irrigation by a doctor or by using over-the-counter mineral oil drops made for this purpose.

You should not have done ear cleaning as such since the blood coming out of ear might be due to some internal ear injury.It might have ruptured ear drum , skin or cartilaginous structure inside ear.
It may cause complication as severe as loss of hearing.

The complication of q-tip uses are:

1) skin damage

2) Hearing loss

3) ear drum rupture including injury to internal ear organs

You should now consult the ENT doctor as soon as possible and have the antibiotic prescribed to prevent secondary infection.The ear drum if ruptured might require some weeks to completely heal.
In some cases it may need to be corrected surgically.

You should have the ENT examination done and start the timely treatment.

Thank you!

Answered: Sat, 6 Oct 2012
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