Ear discharge is drainage of blood,
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
Bleeding from the ear may also be due to:
- Trauma to the ear canal
- Foreign object in the ear canal
Eczemaand other skin irritations in the ear canal
- Inflammation or infection:
- Otitis externa - chronic
Otitis externa - malignant Otitis media Otitis media - chronic Mastoiditis
- Injury from a blow to the head, foreign object, very loud noises, or sudden pressure changes (such as in airplanes), resulting in a
ruptured or perforated eardrum
- Swimmer's ear -- usually accompanied by itching, scaling, a red or moist ear canal and pain that increases when you move the earlobe
Review Date: 08/03/2010
Reviewed By: Linda J. Vorvick, Medical Director, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Washington School of Medicine; and Seth Schwartz, MD, MPH, Otolaryngologist, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, Washington. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.