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Oviedo, FL
A 26-year-old female asked about a male:

Ear wax is draining out of my son's ears. he is complaining of pain and "liquid" in his ears. he's had tubes. is an ear infection beginning?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Hard to say: If he has had tubes in the past you know he is prone to infections. This may or may not be an early stage of an infection. I can't make much of wax draining but pain is worrisome. I would give him some ibuprofen for now & arrange to have it checked when convenient.
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Dr. Clarene Cress
Specializes in Pediatrics
Ear wax rarely "drains" or feels like liquid. It is more likely fluid or pus from the middle ear draining through the tube or from a ruptured ear drum. So yes, most likely an ear infection.
Mar 6, 2017
Last updated Jan 5, 2019

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