Pierced ear bleeding after 6 months

If your ear bleeding started after 6 months but hasn’t gotten worse, it’s likely just a coincidence. The chances are very low that it will get worse and cause hearing loss.

However, if you’re experiencing severe ear pain, it’s more likely that you have an infection. See the section on ear infections for more information.

If you still have severe ear pain, make an appointment to get checked out by a doctor.

Ear pain can be a symptom of an underlying condition. See the sections on the causes of ear pain and how to treat them for more information.

Ear infection

Ear infections can be very painful. See the section on ear infections for more information.

Ear piercing

Ear piercing is done to add jewelry to the ear or to remove extra jewelry from the ear. Ear piercings can cause bleeding and other issues.

Ear piercing is usually done by a professional piercer. You should never do it yourself. See the section on ear piercing for more information.

If you have a piercing that’s causing bleeding, it’s important to see a doctor to ensure it’s not infected.

You shouldn’t get a piercing if you have a known allergy to nickel. An allergic reaction to nickel can cause it to break off and irritate the skin.

Ear damage

Ear damage is when something is damaged to the ear’s structure. It can be very painful and lead to more bleeding.

Causes of ear damage

There are a few reasons why the ears can be damaged. They include:

  • Piercing and earringing
  • Earwax buildup or blockage
  • Trauma
  • Infection
  • Excessive rubbing or tugging on the ear
  • Earwax blockage
  • Ear trauma

Earwax buildup or blockage

Earwax can build up in the ear. It’s made of a mixture of dead skin cells, oil, and bacteria.

Earwax can build up quickly and cause pain. It can also block the ear canal and cause partial hearing loss.

Earwax buildup is very common and can be treated with:

  • Over-the-counter ear drops
  • Ear candling
  • Warm salt water rinses

Ear trauma

Ear trauma can be caused by:

  • A fall
  • A hard blow
  • A fall or hit to the head or face
  • A car accident
  • A gun shot
  • An industrial accident
  • An assault

Ear pain caused by trauma can be severe. It can also be a symptom of an underlying condition. See the sections on the causes of ear pain and how to treat them for more information.

Earwax blockage

Earwax is made up of dead skin cells and oil. It’s also made up of bacteria.

When the skin covering the ear canal becomes dry, it can block the ear canal. This can be caused by:

  • Using too much of an over-the-counter (OTC) product
  • Wearing earrings that don’t stay in place
  • Exposure to extreme heat or cold

Earwax blockage can be very painful. Earwax can also be removed with:

  • A warm salt water rinse
  • An OTC product
  • A doctor’s prescription

Excessive rubbing on the ear

Rubbing or tugging on the ear may cause bleeding.

It can also cause pain. See the section on ear pain for more information.

Earwax removal

Earwax is usually removed by using warm salt water rinses. This will help soften the blockage in the ear canal.

You can also try:

  • Using an OTC product
  • Applying oil to the ear canal
  • Applying a small amount of baking soda to the ear canal
  • Wearing a hat
  • Putting a rubber band around the ear
  • Applying a cotton ball soaked in rubbing alcohol to the ear canal

Other causes of ear bleeding

There are a few other reasons why the ears may bleed. These include:

  • Ear piercing
  • Ear infection
  • Anemia
  • Meningitis
  • A blood clot in the ear
  • Tumor in the ear
  • A blood clot in the head or neck
  • A foreign object in the ear

How to treat ear bleeding?

You can treat most ear bleeding at home. If you have a piercing, make sure to see a doctor right away.

At home

Here are some simple steps you can take at home to help stop the bleeding:

  • Wash your hands. Washing your hands is the best way to stop ear bleeding. It can also help prevent the bacteria that causes ear infections from spreading.
  • Use a warm salt water rinse. This will dissolve the blockage in your ear and help remove the wax.
  • Clean out the ear. Use a cotton swab to clean out the ear.
  • Use an OTC product. These are available over the counter.
  • Use an OTC antibiotic. An OTC antibiotic can help relieve the pain.
  • Use an OTC pain reliever. If you’re in pain, an OTC pain reliever can help you sleep.

See a doctor

If the bleeding doesn’t stop, or if it’s causing severe pain, you should see a doctor right away.

Here are some symptoms to look for that may mean you need to see a doctor:

  • The bleeding is very slow and can’t be stopped with home remedies.
  • The bleeding is getting worse.
  • You have a fever.
  • You have a headache.

If you have a piercing, ear infection, or other condition that’s causing bleeding, see a doctor.

How long does ear bleeding last?

While bleeding can be a symptom of many different conditions, it usually lasts only a few minutes.

If the bleeding doesn’t stop quickly, it can cause swelling and pressure in the ear. This can lead to a serious infection.

How to prevent ear bleeding?

Here are some ways you can help prevent ear bleeding.

  • Wash your hands before and after you get pierced.
  • Avoid using any OTC product if you’ve had a piercing recently.
  • Use ear drops or earwax removal products only as directed.
  • Avoid using hard wax or earrings that don’t stay in place.
  • Don’t use any product that contains alcohol, such as rubbing alcohol.
  • Wear a hat when you’re outside.
  • Keep your ears clean and dry when you shower.

When to see a doctor?

See a doctor if you have a piercing, ear infection, or other condition that’s causing bleeding.

Over to you

In addition to the reasons listed above, you may need to see a doctor if you have ear pain.

You should also see a doctor if your ear pain is severe.

If you have other symptoms, such as a fever, a headache, or a stiff neck, see a doctor right away.

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