How does an ear injury affect the body?

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How an ear injury affects the body depends on the type of injury. External injuries to the soft flesh of the ear can cause deformity and permanent damage. For example, if a blow is received to the ear that causes swelling, the swelling can be severe enough to cut blood flow to the ear cartilage. If that happens, the cartilage can die and become deformed. This is known as cauliflower ear and is common among boxers, wrestlers, and others who regularly experience blows to the ear.

Internal injuries to the ear (damage to the ear canal or eardrum) can make a person dizzy, unable to hold their balance, and nauseous. Damage to this part of the ear often affects a person's equilibrium.

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If you have an ear injury, you may experience symptoms like earache, clear or bloody discharge from the ear, or changes in or loss of hearing. Ear injuries can also cause dizziness, nausea, and other symptoms. If you are injured a...

nd have severe pain in your ear or other worrisome symptoms, have your doctor examine your ear. Do not try to stick tweezers or cotton swabs in your ear to remove a lodged object as this might make the injury worse. If your ear is bleeding or wounded, wash the cut and apply a compress. Continued bleeding after 10 minutes may need to be checked out by a medical professional.
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