What causes an ear injury?

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External ear injuries (injuries to the soft fleshy tissue of the ear) may be caused by any force or trauma applied to the ear. These include blows or accidents that cause scratches, bruises, blood clotting, cuts, or swelling of the fleshy tissue. Internal ear injuries (injuries to the ear canal or eardrum) can be caused by sticking things in the ear (a cotton swab, finger, or pencil) or from abrupt changes in pressure, as from flying or deep sea diving. The eardrum also may be ruptured by a blow to the ear, particularly when the ear is wet.

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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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