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Dr. Hirenkumar Italia
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Discharge From The Ear (Overview)

Most of the time, any fluid leaking out of an ear is ear wax. However, discharge may also be caused by a minor irritation or infection. A ruptured eardrum can cause a white, slightly bloody, or yellow discharge from the ear. Dry crusted material on a child's pillow is often a sign of a ruptured eardrum.


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Please tell me what causes discharge from the ear?

Please tell me what causes discharge from the ear?

You might have: Otitis external (infection of external ear canal). In some cases of middle ear infection (otitis media) - there can be drainage if the ear drum is no longer intact. ...Read more

Dr. Hirenkumar Italia
29 doctors shared insights

Discharge From The Ear (Overview)

Most of the time, any fluid leaking out of an ear is ear wax. However, discharge may also be caused by a minor irritation or infection. A ruptured eardrum can cause a white, slightly bloody, or yellow discharge from the ear. Dry crusted material on a child's pillow is often a sign of a ruptured eardrum.


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Does an ear discharge mean my baby has an ear infection?

Does an ear discharge mean my baby has an ear infection?

No, could be wax: Not all ear discharge is considered abnormal. Ear wax may drain out of the ear canal and is generally not associated with any pain or discomfort. In a child who has been sick with a cold and severe ear pain, ear drainage could be due to a ruptured ear drum from a middle ear infection. Also if your child has ear tubes, infected drainage may be due to an ear infection as well. ...Read more

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What is the medicine for curing ear discharge?

What is the medicine for curing ear discharge?

Treat ear discharge: Ear discharge may be caused by infection of the external ear, or infection of the middle ear space associated with a hole in the ear drum. The infection may be due to bacteria, fungi or both. It may be necessary to culture the discharge so that the most appropriate medication can be prescribed. ...Read more

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Excessive usage of cotton swabs has lead to discharge of white creamy smelly fluid out of my ear.How can I get rid of this discharge?

Excessive usage of cotton swabs has lead to discharge of white creamy smelly fluid out of my ear.How can I get rid of this discharge?

Ear discharge: You have probably caused a canal ear infection by removing the protective wax layer of the ear canal. You will need an antibiotic-cortisone combination ear drops for your ear. Call your doctor. ...Read more

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What is the cause of discharge from the ear?

What is the cause of discharge from the ear?

Could be infection: The most common cause of discharge from an ear is infection of the ear canal or a middle ear infection that has caused the to antic membrane to rupture. If it is thic, colored and associated with pain it is likely an infection. You should be examined by a medical professional when convenient for you. ...Read more

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Please tell me what causes discharge from the ear?

You might have: Otitis external (infection of external ear canal). In some cases of middle ear infection (otitis media) - there can be drainage if the ear drum is no longer intact. ...Read more

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My child has green odourless discharge from one ear, any idea what?

My child has green odourless discharge from one ear, any idea what?

Possibly rupture TM: Definitely not normal. It is possible it may be a foreign body or drainage from a rupture of the eardrum. Have it checked. All the best. ...Read more

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What should I do about a brownish discharge from my ear that has lasted for several weeks?

What should I do about a brownish discharge from my ear that has lasted for several weeks?

Maybe nothing: Normal, healthy wax can produce a "brownish discharge" which is perfectly normal. You can clean it once it reaches the outer skin of your ear, just stay away from the canal. If you have hearing loss, pain or worsening ear symptoms you need to see an ENT doctor. ...Read more

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Two year old with a discharge from his ear, is this serious?

Needs treatment: Your child either has waxy discharge or an ear infection. If there is a hole in the eardrum from a middle ear infection, then discharge will occur. If the ear drum is intact, than it is mostly likely a swimmers ear, aka otitis externa. If it is an infection, than the standard treatment is antibiotic ear drops. See your pediatrician. ...Read more

Discharge (Definition)

Discharge can be a noun or a verb; it has multiple meanings in physics, chemistry, military, and legal usage. The most common medical meaning is a substance that is being excreted. Examples: pus is the discharge from a pimple; a vaginal discharge can mean infection; an ear discharge can mean an infection of the outer ear tract; a nasal discharge ...Read more