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Ear Abrasion


An abrasion is a wound on your ear. Abrasions happen when your ear rubs against a rough surface. Your ear may bleed, swell, and be painful.


Call your doctor if:

  • You have a fever or chills.
  • Your abrasion is red, warm, swollen, or draining pus.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Clean your ear abrasion daily:

  • Wash your hands and dry them with a clean towel.
  • Rinse your wound with a lot of clean water. Do not use harsh soap, rubbing alcohol, or an iodine solution.
  • Use a clean, wet cloth to clean the abrasion.
  • Rub petroleum jelly or antibiotic ointment on your wound. This may help prevent infection and help your wound heal. Use only what your healthcare provider tells you to use. Some antibiotic ointments can cause hearing problems.
  • Cover the wound with a non-stick bandage as directed. Change the bandage daily, and if it gets wet or dirty.

Follow up with your doctor as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

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