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My 4 year old son has a middle ear infection, has being taking augmentin for the last 3 days. but his ear is constantly discharging yellow thick fluid. is this normal or should it have stopped by now?

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Dr. James Ferguson answered

Specializes in Pediatrics

Unless the kid has grommets and is draining the infection through them this would be evidence for a ruptured ear drum. With either the discharge would continue for a time pass when the germs were all dead. If the volume of discharge does not lessen over the next day or 2 I would have him re-checked in a few days rather tan a few weeks.

Answered Mar 25, 2022

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Dr. Anifat Balogun answered

Specializes in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery

Discharge from ear during an infection means eardrum ruptured and infected fluid, trapped in the middle ear is draining out. Recommend you keep ear dry; no dunking head in water while bathing or swimming. For best outcomes and relief, seek care from pediatric ear specialist (ENT/ otolaryngologist) to clean out ear canal and visualize eardrum. Continue Augmentin till full course is completed

Answered Mar 25, 2022

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Dr. Timothy Benik answered

Specializes in Pediatrics

If no improvement after 48 hours, I like to get a culture of the fluid in the office. It is not uncommon for MRSA to grow and a change in antibiotics.

Answered Oct 13, 2019

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Dr. Clarene Cress answered

Specializes in Pediatrics

Drainage usually stops by 5-6 days. If it continues beyond that, see your child's PCP. Sometimes ear drops are needed or a different antibiotic.

Answered Oct 16, 2019

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