Skip to main content

Featured post

"Exploring Post-Grommet Complications: What You Need to Know"

 Navigating Postoperative Complications of Grommet Insertion: A Comprehensive Guide Grommet insertion, a standard surgical procedure to alleviate symptoms of middle ear disorders, can sometimes be accompanied by postoperative complications. Among these, one of the most frequently encountered issues is otorrhea or ear discharge. Understanding the nature of postoperative complications and their management is crucial for patients and healthcare providers. Types of Otorrhea Postoperative otorrhea manifests in various forms, including early, delayed, chronic, and recurrent. Early otorrhea occurs within four weeks of surgery, while delayed otorrhea surfaces four or more weeks post-surgery. Chronic otorrhea persists for three months or longer, while recurrent otorrhea involves three or more discrete episodes. Studies suggest that ear discharge after grommet insertion affects a significant proportion of patients, with rates varying from 16% to as high as 80%. Prophylactic Measures and Treatmen

Bleeding From Ears


 Why is my Q-tip bleeding from my ear?

 It can be alarming if you've ever noticed blood on your Q-tip after cleaning your ears. Here are a few reasons why this might happen:

 ๐Ÿšซ Avoid Inserting Q-tips Too Deep: The most common cause of bleeding is inserting Q-tips too far into the ear canal. This can lead to irritation, scratches, or even damage to the delicate ear tissues.

 ๐Ÿฉน Ear Injuries or Scratches: Vigorous or improper cleaning can cause small injuries or scratches inside the ear canal. These injuries may result in bleeding when you use a Q-tip.

 ๐Ÿฉธ Ear Infections: Infections like otitis externa or swimmer's ear can make the ear canal more sensitive. Cleaning during an active infection can cause bleeding.

 ๐Ÿ”„ Wax Impaction: Excessive earwax can cause blockages, leading to a feeling of fullness and impaired hearing. Attempting to clean it out with a Q-tip may cause bleeding, especially if the wax is impacted.

 ๐Ÿ‘‚ What to Do:

 Stop Q-tip Use: Refrain from using Q-tips until you determine the cause of the bleeding.

Consult a Professional: If bleeding persists or is accompanied by pain, hearing loss, or discharge, consult a healthcare professional for a proper diagnosis and treatment.

Remember, ears are self-cleaning, and inserting objects like Q-tips can do more harm than good. If you're concerned about earwax or ear health, seek advice from a healthcare provider for safe and effective solutions. Share this post to spread awareness about ear care! ๐Ÿ“ฃ๐Ÿ‘‚

 #EarHealth #QTipSafety #EarCareAwareness

 

 How do you fix a bleeding ear?

A bleeding ear can be distressing, but understanding the right steps is crucial for your safety and well-being. Here's a guide on how to address a bleeding ear:

 

๐Ÿš‘ Stay Calm and Seek Help: If the bleeding is severe or results from a traumatic injury, seek immediate medical attention. Call for help or visit the emergency room.

 ๐Ÿ›‘ Avoid Inserting Objects: Refrain from inserting anything into the ear canal, including cotton swabs or tissues. This can exacerbate the injury and potentially push foreign objects deeper.

 ๐Ÿšฟ Gently Clean the Outer Ear: If the bleeding is external, gently clean the outer ear with a damp cloth. Avoid putting anything into the ear canal.

 ๐Ÿงด Apply Pressure: If the bleeding is coming from the ear canal, apply gentle pressure to the external ear with a clean cloth or your hand. Do not insert anything into the ear.

 ๐Ÿšซ No Tilting the Head Back: Contrary to popular belief, tilting the head back may not be helpful and could cause blood to flow into the throat. Keep the head in a neutral position.

 ๐Ÿฅ Professional Evaluation: Regardless of the cause, consult with a healthcare professional to determine the underlying issue and receive appropriate treatment.

 Remember, prompt medical attention is crucial, especially if the bleeding is severe or if it follows a head injury. Share this post to spread awareness and empower others with essential first-aid knowledge! ๐Ÿ“ข๐Ÿ‘‚ #FirstAid #EarEmergency #HealthAwareness

 

What causes bloody drainage from ear or ear bleeding?

 Ever wondered what could lead to bloody drainage from the ear or ear bleeding? Let's shed some light on the possible culprits:

 ๐Ÿ‘‚ Trauma or Injury: A blow to the ear or a sudden impact can cause trauma, leading to bleeding from the ear canal.

 ๐Ÿฆ  Infections: Ear infections, particularly those affecting the middle or external ear, can result in inflammation and bleeding.

 ๐Ÿ”„ Foreign Objects: Inserting objects into the ear can cause scratches, irritation, and bleeding. Always be gentle with ear care!

 ๐ŸŒŠ Changes in Pressure: Rapid changes in air pressure, such as during air travel or scuba diving, can affect the eardrum and cause bleeding.

๐Ÿฉธ Ruptured Eardrum: A burst eardrum, often caused by infections or changes in pressure, can lead to bleeding and drainage.

 Remember, if you experience persistent or severe ear bleeding, seeking professional medical attention for a proper diagnosis and treatment is crucial. Share this post to raise awareness about ear health! ๐Ÿ‘‚๐ŸŒ #EarBleeding #EarHealth #KnowYourEars

 


When should I go to the doctor for an ear bleed?

Experiencing ear bleeding can be concerning, and knowing when to seek professional help is essential. Here's a guide to help you decide when it's time to visit the doctor:

๐Ÿฉธ Prolonged Bleeding: If the bleeding persists over a few minutes or is recurrent, it's crucial to consult a doctor. Continuous bleeding may indicate an underlying issue.

๐Ÿ‘‚ Severe Pain: Intense pain accompanied by ear bleeding may indicate an injury, infection, or other severe conditions requiring medical attention.

๐Ÿš‘ Trauma or Injury: If the ear bleeding results from a significant blow or injury to the head, seeking immediate medical attention is necessary to rule out severe damage.

๐Ÿ‘ Impaired Hearing or Dizziness: If you experience changes in hearing, dizziness, or vertigo along with ear bleeding, it could indicate a more complex issue that requires professional evaluation.

๐Ÿค• Other Symptoms: If ear bleeding is accompanied by symptoms like fever, drainage, or changes in balance, it's essential to see a doctor to identify and address the underlying cause.

Remember, your ears are vital, and any concerns about their health should be addressed promptly. It's always better to consult with a healthcare professional if in doubt. Share this post to spread awareness about ear health! ๐Ÿ‘‚๐Ÿฅ


Mr Gaurav Kumar

Ear Nose Throat Consultant


Book Appointment

Book Online    

Call 07494914140


Follow on Instagram






Popular Post

Retracted Ear Drum

  What Is a Retracted Eardrum? A retracted eardrum, also known as tympanic membrane retraction, is a condition where the eardrum (tympanic membrane) is pulled inward or drawn backwards from its normal position. The eardrum is a thin, delicate membrane that separates the outer ear from the middle ear. It plays a crucial role in transmitting sound vibrations from the outer ear to the middle ear, where the auditory ossicles (small bones) are located.   Under normal circumstances, the eardrum is slightly concave and positioned at an angle that allows it to respond to changes in air pressure. The Eustachian tube, a tube connecting the middle ear to the back of the throat, helps equalize pressure between the middle ear and the outside environment.   However, in cases of a retracted eardrum, the Eustachian tube might not function correctly or become blocked, leading to an imbalance in pressure. When negative pressure builds up in the middle ear, it causes the eardrum to retract inwa

"Naseptin: Powerful Defence Against Nasal Bacteria!"

  Everything You Need to Know About Using Naseptin Nasal Cream   If you've been dealing with nasal issues, you may have come across Naseptin nasal cream as a potential solution. Whether you suffer from recurrent nasal infections (vestibulitis), nose bleeds or simply need some relief from nasal dryness, Naseptin can be a valuable aid. In this blog, we'll cover everything you need to know about using Naseptin nasal cream to ensure you get the best results from this trusted product.   Unlocking the Power of Naseptin Nasal Cream: A Guide to Its Versatile Uses   Naseptin nasal cream, a powerful ally in nasal health, holds the key to treating infections caused by staphylococcal bacteria. This versatile cream offers much more than meets the eye, and we're here to shed light on its incredible benefits! ๐ŸŒŸ ๐Ÿ‘ƒ Kicking Nose Infections to the Curb: Say goodbye to those troublesome nose infections! Naseptin comes to the rescue, targeting staphylococcal bacteria and effect

Boil in the Ear canal can be very painful...

How do I know I have boil in the ear canal? The ear canal is lined by skin up to the eardrum. Skin in the outer third of the ear canal has hair follicles. Hair follicles can get infected with bacteria and can form boil or furunculosis. It is challenging to look in our own ear canal. You can only feel a bump in the ear canal entrance which is tender to touch. Why is so painful when we have boil in the ear? Ear canal skin is very tightly attached to underlying cartilage. So any swelling in the skin stretches it and makes it very sore to touch. How do we get boil in the ear canal?  Most common causes of boil in the canal is dryness of the skin and trauma. Dry skin leads to cracks and these cracks can get infected. People who use dry earbuds, fingers, towel edges or pens and traumatise ear canal skin, which can get infected with bacteria. How do I release the temptation of using earbuds? Some people can get very dry skin due to sensitivity to soup, shampoo or dy

Tonsil Stones or Tonsilloliths

Where do Tonsil Stones come from? Tonsil stones or tonsillolith are formed in the tiny crevices on the tonsil surface. Tonsils are present at the back of the throat. Two large tonsils on each side can catch food particles when we eat. This food debris can accumulate bacteria and give a bad smell. This mixture of bacteria and food debris can become solid to form tonsil stones. Can Tonsil Stones go away on their own? Tonsil stones form due to food particle and bacteria. You can prevent stone formation by regularly rinsing mouth after every meal, good oral hygiene and dental care. Gargling with salt water and gentle use of bud to deliver the stones can help in some cases. Soft water floss can help keep tonsil surface clean. If you have, post nasal drip due to sinusitis, seeking treatment advice from ENT surgeon can help. You should not use sharp objects to clean tonsil stones or make tonsil surface bleed. What symptoms do tonsil stones cause? Tonsil ston

Vertigo and Dizziness..

Are labyrinthitis and vertigo the same? The ear has three main parts: the outer ear, the middle ear, with small bones of hearing, and the inner ear, consisting of the labyrinth. The labyrinth has two parts as well, hearing processing part and balance part. When you get an infection in the inner ear, it is often called labyrinthitis. Common symptoms for Labyrinthitis are hearing loss or vertigo, however, there are also other causes for vertigo as well. What is the most important thing to remember when you have labyrinthitis symptoms? In the first few hours of symptoms, it is difficult to know between stroke and labyrinthitis. If you have vertigo and notice one side of your face becoming droopy, your arms or leg become weak and speech becomes slurred, you should call for urgent help. What is the difference between labyrinthitis and vestibular neuritis? If you only have vertigo symptoms, then it is due to vestibular neuritis. Vestibular neuritis oc

Eustachian Tube Dysfunction

Are you unable to pop your ears or feeling pressure in your ears? Eustachian tube dysfunction is a very common problem after flu or cold or even after long haul flight when you feel hearing is muffled, feel pressure around the ears and sometimes you feel as if you are underwater. Good news is most of the time it is temporary.  If you try decongestants, antihistamine ( hay fever tablets ) and Valsalva (ie try and pop your ears) things should improve after a few days to a week. Why do we have symptoms of Eustachian tube dysfunction? The eustachian tube is present at the back of our nose and connects the nose to the middle ear. It is there to maintain equal pressure on both sides of the eardrum. The eustachian tube also helps in clearing normal mucus from the middle ear.  Hence opening and closing of this ventilation tube are very important for hearing. Normally every time we yawn and chew this tube opens and closes without us noticing it. So, if this opening of ventilation tube

Cholesteatoma Ear Surgery

What is a Cholesteatoma? The ear has three parts outer ear (ear lobe and ear canal), the middle ear ( eardrum and bones of hearing) and inner ear. Cholesteatoma is skin from ear canal migrating into the middle ear. Like the skin on head keeps shedding and can cause dandruff. Similarly, skin in the middle ear can cause cholesteatoma, which can form a gradually expanding sac and can damage structures in the middle ear to give deafness, inner ear to give permanent deafness, nerve to the face to give a facial weakness or rarely give infection of the lining of the brain to cause meningitis Is cholesteatoma surgery or mastoidectomy done under general anaesthetic? Cholesteatoma is a surgical problem. Unfortunately, no medications work on it. Cholesteatoma surgery is called mastoidectomy, i.e. clearing cholesteatoma infection from the mastoid bone (the hard bone behind your ear). The procedure is done under general, i.e. you will be sleeping while the procedure is don

Pharyngeal Pouch

  What is a pharyngeal pouch? When we eat food, it passes through the mouth, into the pharynx (the space behind our oral cavity) and then into the oesophagus (food pipe). In some patients, the lower part of the pharynx can bulge or form a pocket that can collect food and become large enough to compress on the food pipe. This 'hernia' is commonly known as the   pharyngeal pouch   or   Zenker's diverticulum. Is a pharyngeal pouch serious? A pharyngeal pouch is an uncommon condition presenting predominantly in males than females, usually showing after the age of seventy or later. If the pharyngeal pouch is left untreated, it can become more prominent, and the regurgitation of food into the windpipe can lead to chest infections. In sporadic cases, cancer can form in the pouch.  What are the symptoms of a pharyngeal pouch? Symptoms of pharyngeal pouch depend on the size. A small pharyngeal pouch mainly presents as a feeling of something stuck in the throat or choking on food, an

Superior Canal Dehiscence Syndrome (SCDS)

๐Ÿ” Unlocking the Mystery of Superior Canal Dehiscence Syndrome (SCDS) ๐ŸŒ€✨ It's a rare condition that affects the inner ear, and here's the lowdown:   Cause: SCDS occurs when one of the bony canals in the inner ear, particularly the uppermost semicircular canal, doesn't close or thicken properly during fetal development.   Symptoms:   Hearing Loss: It's a common symptom of SCDS. Sound Distortion: Ever feel like sounds aren't quite right? That could be SCDS at play. Balance Problems: SCDS can throw your balance off, making you feel unsteady. Autophony: Imagine hearing your own heartbeat or breathing louder than usual. That's autophony. World Tumbling Sensation: Loud noises or pressure changes might make you feel like the world is spinning. Diagnosis and Treatment:   CT Scans: A specialist might use these to spot SCDS, but other tests are crucial too. Hearing Tests: Essential for accurate diagnosis. Treatment: Surgery may be necessary for severe symptoms.

"Exploring Post-Grommet Complications: What You Need to Know"

 Navigating Postoperative Complications of Grommet Insertion: A Comprehensive Guide Grommet insertion, a standard surgical procedure to alleviate symptoms of middle ear disorders, can sometimes be accompanied by postoperative complications. Among these, one of the most frequently encountered issues is otorrhea or ear discharge. Understanding the nature of postoperative complications and their management is crucial for patients and healthcare providers. Types of Otorrhea Postoperative otorrhea manifests in various forms, including early, delayed, chronic, and recurrent. Early otorrhea occurs within four weeks of surgery, while delayed otorrhea surfaces four or more weeks post-surgery. Chronic otorrhea persists for three months or longer, while recurrent otorrhea involves three or more discrete episodes. Studies suggest that ear discharge after grommet insertion affects a significant proportion of patients, with rates varying from 16% to as high as 80%. Prophylactic Measures and Treatmen