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Is this fresh red blood or mixed wiht any discharge / dark blood ?
do you have a cold / hearing issues ?
fresh blood, bright red. no hearing issues and no cold
I was bending and reaching, taking decorations off the Christmas tree when it started.
any previous vertigo / hearing issues ?
no hearing issues. minor, momentary vertigo occasionally
I do have high blood pressure but it's well controlled with medication
well .. with your history of a mild vertigo and this fresh blood ..
i would advise you to go to the er to look for a cause of bleeding
some vascular tumors like Glomus Jugulare and Glomus Tympanicum .. over grown blood capillaries near the ear can present as fresh bleeding
this needs ot be ruled out
this can be something simple like pressuretrauma caused by bending etc
I always advise to play it safe and get this examined
as soon as possible
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