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A 29-year-old female asked:

Have an ear infection taking antibiotic drops but the ear has had drainage nonstop for four days how long will drainage last is this normal?

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Dr. Thomas Benda, jr
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 36 years experience
That depends: You don't say if you have a swimmer's ear (external otitis) or otitis media with a ruptured ear drum. An external otitis is treated with ear drops alone, and the drainage should have noticeably lessened by now. In otitis media with a ruptured ear drum the drops won't be enough unless the hole in the ear drum is large, or you have a tube in your ear.
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