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Director of Clinical Content

ear blood

I thought my ear was full of wax. The Q tip came out with blood on it. There is no pain. Do I need to see a doctor?
  • Female | 62 years old
  • Complaint duration: 2 days
  • Medications: Januvia,Losartin, nifedipine er, oxybutynin fluoxetine
  • Conditions: Diabetes 2, High Blood Presure, Hep C, MDD

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33 UpVoted this answer
All you need to do is get some colloidal silver from the natural food store and put 1 to 2 drops in each ear once a day.
28 UpVoted this answer David Otto, DC, DACBN Chiropractic, Orange Park
In the absence of pain, you did not puncture your ear drum. The skin of the ear canal is fragile and bleeds relatively easily. That said, you should never insert Q-tips into your ear canals, and you do need to see an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist to carefully clean and assess your ear and perceived hearing loss.
27 UpVoted this answer
It would be best to see your local ENT. It is likely that the thin skin of the canal was abraded by the QTip. Microscopic exam and ear cleaning would be helpful for your ear as well as possible antibiotic ear drop treatment.
Eric A. Nash
20 UpVoted this answer
Blood anywhere it should be is a reason to see a doctor. You may have just scratched your ear canal, but blood is a warning sign. Also since you are diabetic and have high BP, blood in your ear may indicate a serious medical condition.
19 UpVoted this answer
Sounds like an abrasion of the ear canal skin with the Q tip. Q tips are not as soft as they may seem and the ear canal skin near the eardrum is the thinnest and most fragile skin on the human body. I believe your family doctor should be able to take care of this problem before seeing an ENT specialist.
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YES; see a Physician immediately....Please!!! And with the conidtions that I see you have listed here... there could posibly be a great number of things that could have gone awry, with regard to the blood evidence on the Q-tip......OK??!! Amen??!!
8 UpVoted this answer
First of all, you never should put q-tips that far into your ear. It's okay to wipe around the exterior of the ear. It's possible you did some damage. You need to see your Ear, Nose, Throat (ENT) doctor immediately. I agree with Dr. Kryger.
8 UpVoted this answer
Yes , I recommend that you see an (ENT) Ear,Nose ,Throat specialist to get a thorough examination
Dr. Clair  W.  Zimmerman
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Yes, you should be seen immediately by a physician who will be able to exime the ear canal and hopefully pinpoint the problem. This could be due to a number of thigs, some serious and some not. Good luck...
6 UpVoted this answer
Yes. Can be something minor or could be something very serious you will not be able to determine that but your ENT will.