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Bad ear pain. nurse cleaned out wax. doc said fluid behind drum and inf ear canal. how? i'm not sick. ideas?

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Dr. Ronda Alexander answered

Specializes in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery

Outer ear infection: With otitis externa, you don't always feel 'sick'. You will, however, have wicked ear pain. The wax plug can trap moisture and set up the infection/inflammation. If there is fluid behind the ear drum, that's a middle ear infection and may also be without symptoms. You should have been given drops to treat the outer ear infection and scheduled for a follow-up on the fluid.

Answered 1/21/2018

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