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What so you do when a ear is bleeding after using a Q-tip when you felt like something was inside,

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One of the first things to do is throw away those Q-tips and never use them again.  One possible cause of bleeding after a Q-tip use would be a ruptured eardrum or an abrasion/scratch in the sensitive ear canal area. Pimples can also form in the ear canal. It would take a hands-on otoscopic examination by a medical provider to know the exact source, and how to treat it. Since your original feeling was that there was something inside your ear canal, this would be another reason to be examined.

A traumatic rupture of the eardrum, should this be the cause, can take several weeks to heal (depending on the size of the rupture). Ear canal abrasions heal quicker, but can become infected. Ear pain would be one clinical sign of an infection that you should look for.

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