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What should be done to cure mild ear pain ?

Hello, I am a little worried. I slipped a stuck a qtip a bottle to far in my ear. It hurt a for a couple minuets and went about my day slight headache and a very dull pain in ear . This morning I had a tickle in my ear so I very carefully cleaned ear again and I noticed a small amount of dried blood . I have had a pain in ear all day and not sure if I should be concerned. I have put some cotton in just to keep wind and noise away from ear. Do you think there is a reason to be worried
Asked On : Sat, 21 Apr 2012
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Orthopaedic Surgeon 's  Response
Hi there.

Do you have any hearing loss in the affected ear ?

Usually bleeding from the ear could be due to injury to the walls of the external ear. This will get healed quickly provided you take care and avoid manipulating the injured ear. Also avoid water entry into the injured ear. If you have significant hearing loss, it is possible you may have injured the hearing drum. This also will get healed but sometimes a chance of infection may be present.

It is highly advisable to get an ENT consult to rule out the puncture of the hearing drum and also for good antibiotic treatment which will prevent infections as necessary.

Wishing speedy recovery.

Answered: Sat, 21 Apr 2012
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General & Family Physician Dr. Kimberly Martin's  Response
Hello and welcome to

It sounds as if you may have damaged the tympanic membrane (eardrum). The external ear canal is approximately 2.5 cm in length (1 inch). The eardrum separates the external ear canal from the middle ear. The middle ear contains the small bones of the ear that transmits sound to the inner ear. There is also a nerve that is located along the top of the eardrum.

Sometimes, when an individual has reoccurring ear infections, an ear tube is placed in the eardrum to help drain the infection from the middle ear to the external ear canal. So, if you have ruptured your eardrum, it may be slightly painful and will be irritated by wind and cold weather. Otherwise, it will heal naturally with no consequence. However, if you have damaged any of the sound-conducting small bones, you may have some irrepairable damage.

I advise visiting your family physician to evaluate the damage that may have been done to your eardrum and surrounding tissues.

I hope I have answered your questions adequately. If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Be well,
Dr. Kimberly
Answered: Sat, 21 Apr 2012
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