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Please could you give me some advice about my ears? I have had grommets in my ears for the past few years and had a perforated eardrum on the left for about four years. The doctor examined me, and she told that the best thing to do was to leave unless it became painful. About a month ago, I was kneeling down and put my head between my legs for a few seconds (for no particular reason). When I got up, I noticed that I had a little blood in my left ear. I cleaned it away, but when I woke up the next day there was a little more. I then decided to go to the doctor and have it checked over. On examination she said she could see no problem and that my ear was perfectly clear.

However, the bleeding seems to return every few weeks. I do not feel any pain, nor am I going deaf. I only notice it when cleaning my ear after a shower. What do you think it is, and should I worry about it? And what should I do next? Thank you in advance for your help. You have had a fair bit of trouble with your ears,
and more recently the perforation of your ear drum (tympanic membrane). You do not mention how you perforated the left ear four years ago and whether it was due to infection or accident, for example. But, since your doctor has advised you that it is clean and healthy, I expect that you have a 'safe' dry perforation.

The most likely cause of the bleeding is from the skin of the outer ear canal after you have been drying your ears a little too vigorously. In the absence of infection, and with you feeling perfectly well and retaining normal hearing, I am sure that you are wise to accept the advice of your GP and carry on as you are. There are a few things about perforated ear drums that you should be aware of. Never let anybody pump water into your ear to clear wax (ear syringing) while your tympanic membrane has a hole in it. You should not consider sub-aqua scuba diving without an intact ear drum, and there are also certain occupations that require you to have 'normal' ears such as the armed forces, or commercial flying.

If any of these particularly affect your life, or if you do a lot of, you may want to consider surgical repair of your ear drum. I'm sure that your GP would be happy to discuss this with you if you feel it s something you'd benefit from. If you avoid cleaning out your ears, and the bleeding keeps recurring, try to see a doctor soon after the bleed so that you can be examined again. Last updated 25. 02. 2015 Dear Reader, Call your primary health care provider or an ENT (Ears, Nose, and Throat specialist), or go to the Emergency Room. The fact that you have bloody discharge coming from your ear suggests that your eardrum (the tissue-thin membrane in your ear that vibrates to let you hear sound) may have been perforated (damaged).

If this injury goes untreated, you could lose some or all of your hearing in that ear. Immediate attention from a real-live health care provider to diagnose and treat your ear ailment is in order. Your ear needs an intimate encounter with an otoscope (that funny, funnel-shaped instrument with light that health care providers shine in your eyes, nose, and ears). Usual symptoms of an ear infection include: Get thee to a health care provider post haste! Alice!

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