Ear infections can cause many problems for people. These can include pain, deafness and discharge. So what causes ear infection bleeding and what should you do about it?
Bleeding is a sign of damage to the tissues of the ear. It can be a sign of a severe infection requiring treatment by a doctor. There are a few things which cause bleeding. The first is a ruptured eardrum. Infection of the middle ear can result in blockage of the Eustachian tube which drains the middle ear space. This causes swelling and results in the air space filling with infected fluid. As more of this is made the pressure in the middle ear goes up. Eventually the eardrum may burst. Bleeding occurs as it is made of a thin layer of skin which has blood vessels running through it.
Another cause of bleeding is from damaged skin. When it becomes infected the skin becomes weakened. Swelling and inflammation makes the skin more likely to be damaged or torn. This is particularly the case if a finger or sharp implement is pushed in the ear. Infected discharge from the ear may contain blood. As the fluid leaks from the skin blood may also leak from damaged capillaries and blood vessels.
Swimmer's ear is a type of outer ear infection caused by water getting in the ear. Sometimes this can become severe and bleeding may occur. It can be prevented by wearing molded ear plugs when you get your ears wet. ZenPlugs from zenplugs.com are particularly good for this purpose as they are antibacterial as well as blocking water from the ears.
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If you have blood coming from your ear, an ear infection or another ear problem you must visit a doctor. This post should not be taken as medical advice.
Dr Toby Bateson for www.zenplugs.com