Bleeding From Ear: Symptoms

By McBratney, Susan PhD

What other symptoms might occur with bleeding from the ear?

Depending on the underlying cause, you may experience symptoms in addition to bloody discharge from the ear including:

  • Buzzing in the ear

  • Earache

  • Facial weakness

  • Fever

  • Headache

  • Hearing loss

Serious symptoms that might indicate a life-threatening condition

In some cases, bleeding from the ear may occur with other symptoms that might indicate a serious or life-threatening condition that should be immediately evaluated in an emergency setting. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you, or someone you are with, are exhibiting any of these life-threatening symptoms:

  • Bloody discharge from the nose

  • Change in consciousness

  • Dizziness

  • Inability to track movement with the eyes

  • Irregular pupil size

  • Lethargy (feeling sluggish)

  • Profuse bleeding from the ear

  • Vomiting


What is bleeding from the ear?

Bleeding from the ear is ear drainage that contains blood. The discharge may be a combination of pus, wax, fluid and blood. Although there are other possible causes, the most common cause of bleeding from the ear is a ruptured or perforated eardrum.

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What causes bleeding from the ear?

Bleeding from the ear is usually due to a ruptured or perforated eardrum caused by a middle ear infection (otitis media). However, bleeding from the ear can also be caused by trauma to the head or the ear itself and other serious conditions. Be sure to tell your doctor about any other symptoms you are experiencing in order to address all possible causes.

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Medical Reviewer: Cynthia Haines, MD Last Annual Review Date: Jul 31, 2013 Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the HealthGrades User Agreement.

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