Loss of blood from the ear is usually a symptom of a perforated eardrum in case of ear infection or trauma to the ear. More rarely, it can treat the signal of the presence of a tumor. Other times, however, it is the result of a serious infection that does not directly affect the ear, such as ebola. In addition, the perforated eardrum may be due to sudden changes of altitude, the presence of foreign bodies in the ear or very strong sounds.


The material coming out from the ear can be a mixture of pus, wax, blood and other fluids. Depending on the cause of the bleeding, the loss may be associated with ringing, earache, weakness of the face, fever, headache and loss of hearing.


What kind of diseases can be associated with bleeding from the ear?

The following diseases may be associated with ear bleeding:


  • Ebola
  • Otitis


Remember that this is not an exhaustive list and it is highly recommended to consult your doctor, in case of symptom’s persistence.


What is the therapy for ear bleeding?

Typically a perforated eardrum repairs itself in a few weeks. In some cases there is no need for any additional treatment. Other times, especially in the case of high fever, the doctor may prescribe antibiotics. If, instead, the perforation repairs itself off course, you may need to intervene surgically.


When is most likely to contact your doctor in case of ear bleeding?

In case of ear bleeding, it is good always consult your doctor. When the problem is associated with a head injury, it is best to go to the emergency room.  You should also seek immediate help if:  blood loss is substantial, you have symptoms such as bleeding from the nose, altered state of consciousness, dizziness, inability to follow movements with his eyes, drowsiness and vomiting.