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Blood in the ears

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Sep 8, 2004
I took my buddy out bug hunting couple times last week. He is very new and i kept a eye on him just to make sure he was cool ....night time and all imagination trips you out ya know.

So this is what he tells me couple days later.

He said he was cleaning his ear after shower and there was blood inside his ear..

Now when i heard this i wasnt prepared to give him explanation , i read my FREEDIVE by terry maas , found some reason why maybe this happened. Im gonna be passing that book to him asap , so he can understand the phisyology of freedive, clearing ears , etc.

But that concerend me , he claims maybe he popped some tiny blood vessels and wrote it off. My feelings are he doesnt know how to properly clear his ears and ....well im not sure . I have brought this up in another forum and they say , send him to doctor . My buddy felt no pain and hasnt felt any discomfort.

Maybe some of you on here have a better knowledge and expierence with this type of thing. Input would be great.

thanks chad


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There's an MD in Long Beach, John R. Prosser, who is a diver. I'd refer to him. You up to taking out another newbie? :D I don't want to dive alone.
Going to a doc. and discovering it was nothing is a much better scenario than the wrost which is going diving again and incraesing already existing damage to a point of a permenant one. Not to mention the option of a vertigo at depth and not making it to surface at all.
Those are all possible scenarios.

Blood coming from some blood vessel in the outer ear doesn't sound like the most probable explenation to me. A blood vessel has no reason to burst in those cases unless it was subjected to negative pressure. This can happen in the outer ear if there was some blockage such as wax buildup. On the other hand, this can easly happen in the ear drum or middle ear if not equalizing properly.
Either way, there was some kind of a pressure buildup and a trauma. I say he should go to a doctor.
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