Ear Bleeding Causes

A small amount of bleeding from the ear is often just a sign of drainage and is accompanied by ear wax or pus. And, most of the time any blood that leaks is just wax. However, bleeding from the ear could also be caused by an irritation, infection or even a ruptured ear drum. Skin conditions like eczema and other irritations can sometimes flare up to cause bleeding in the ear due to extreme levels of irritation.

Bleeding from the ear caused by an eardrum rupture usually results in a slightly bloody or yellow liquid being drained from the ear. Eardrum ruptures and bleeding from the ears is common in kids caused by ear infections. But eardrum ruptures can be caused by a variety of things in people of all ages such as flying in a plane using a cotton swab too harshly and more.

Usually bleeding from the ear resolves itself. You can use a hot towel or pain relievers to try to easy any associated pain.

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Ear discharge is drainage of blood, ear wax, pus, or fluid from the ear.

Alternative Names

Drainage from the ear; Otorrhea; Ear bleeding; Bleeding from ear


Most of the time, any fluid leaking out of an ear is ear wax.

However, discharge may also be caused by a minor irritation or infection. A ruptured eardrum can cause a white, slightly bloody, or yellow discharge from the ear. Dry crusted material on a child's pillow is often a sign of a ruptured eardrum.

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