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My 2 year old son was diagnosed with an ear infection 8 days ago and has been on antibiotics. At the time of the diagnosis, his ears were pretty impacted with wax(the dr was able to see the edge of one ear drum and that’s how she diagnosed the ear infection). She had him come back today for a recheck and to flush the wax from his ears. She was able to clean the ears out and said they looked great now. Tons of wax came out as well as both tubes that had fallen out previously but gotten stuck in the wax. This evening, I noticed that there is a good bit of dried up blood in one of his ears. Should I be concerned about the bleeding? Is it probably from the wax being pulled out? Or could the ear drum possibly have been ruptured? She did use the irrigation as well as a tool that she stuck in his ear to help get the wax out.

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replied November 4th, 2018
Ear, Nose and Throat Disorders Answer A64568
Hello and welcome

I appreciate your concern

The only way to determine it is to examine the ear. It's possible due to a local trauma. However the ear should be thoroughly and carefully examined for any deeper bleeding or pus.

Wishing you best of health


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