What increases my risk for an ear injury?

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One means of increasing ear injury risk is by putting things in your ears. Obviously, you should not put sharp objects in your ears, but even cotton swabs can be dangerous. Participating in activities that cause abrupt air pressure changes (flying, deep sea diving) also increase risk, as they put pressure on the eardrum. Playing sports in which blows to the head are common (boxing, wrestling, rugby) also increases risk of ear injury.

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Ear Injury

Ear Injury

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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