A 36-year-old male asked:
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my 4 yr old son has a middle ear infection. he now has a brownish liquid coming out of his infected ear. should i be concerned? he's on antibiotics.

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Dr. Pamela Lindor
31 years experience Pediatrics
Maybe: The liquid you see could be wax, or it could be a drainage from the infected ear. If he has been on antibiotics for more than 3 days, if there is pain or fever, or if the liquid does not go away in 24-48 hrs, he should be reexamined by the doctor.
Answered on Jan 14, 2015
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Dr. Claude Parola
39 years experience Internal Medicine
Ear infection: Ear discharge is probably caused by the infection, if he has been on antibiotic for a while and there is still discharge, he needs reevaluation but if the antibiotic was just started , say betwen a day or two i would not worry very much, but it is always good to let the pediatrician know about the discharge.
Answered on Jan 15, 2013
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Dr. David Jakubowicz
21 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Wax vs ruptured drum: Usually brownish fluid is wax but can be signs of ear drum rupture with drainage. Antibiotics do not prevent ear drum rupture nor all complications of pediatric otitis media. If he does not feel better see the pediatrician.
Answered on Mar 26, 2013

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