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Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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Discharge From The Ear (Overview)

May be fluid or other draining material,often coming through the external ear canal.


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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. Lawrence Kessler
32 doctors shared insights

Discharge From The Ear (Overview)

May be fluid or other draining material,often coming through the external ear canal.


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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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What is the definition or description of: Discharge from the ear?

What is the definition or description of: Discharge from the ear?

Discharge from ear: May be fluid or other draining material,often coming through the external ear canal. ...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

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About once a month I have ear aches and discharge from one ear at a time, lasting a few days in each ear. Going on for over a year now.

About once a month I have ear aches and discharge from one ear at a time, lasting a few days in each ear. Going on for over a year now.

Otorrhea: Causes of ear discharge are many, and include the following: bacterial/viral/fungal infections of the canal or parotid gland, chronic middle ear infection with perforation, neoplasms or other masses, dermatitis, cholesteatoma, granulation tissue, mastoiditis, etc. In short, recurrent ear discharge should be evaluated by an otolaryngologist (ENT)! ...Read more

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I tried cleaning my ear with cotton and I am currently experiencing pain in ear though there is no discharge from the ear. What could possibly cause?

I tried cleaning my ear with cotton and I  am currently experiencing pain in ear though there is no discharge from the ear. What could possibly cause?

Eat pain: Cleaning the ears with cotton q-tips could actually impact wax in the ear canal causing discomfort. You should be evaluated by a physician. ...Read more

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Would earwax removal drops like cerumenix turn the discharge from the ears into a dark brown color?

Would earwax removal drops like cerumenix turn the discharge from the ears into a dark brown color?

Unlikely: These products break up the ear wax to help it fall out. They do not change it's color. Wax is often brown though. ...Read more

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I have yellow oily discharge from my ear . It feels very itchy and the canal feels like it's full . what could it be ?

I have yellow oily discharge from my ear . It feels very itchy and the canal feels like it's full . what could it be ?

Eczema: A clear, yellow discharge is often indicative of eczematous otitis externa. This can occur if the ear canal is dry or if a person uses Qtips too often to clean the ear canals. This habit is to be discouraged. The ears will accumulate debris and be itchy chronically. Stop Qtips and moisturize the ear. Olive oil or mineral oil can be put in the canal daily after showering. See an ENT if persists. ...Read more

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My daughter has an earache. No discharge from her ear. I do not have insurance. What is an effective home remedy?

My daughter has an earache. No discharge from her ear. I do not have insurance. What is an effective home remedy?

None: There really is no effective home remedy for an ear infection that is inside the ear (otitis media). Pull at the upper part of her ear, if it hurts when you pull it, perhaps it is a swimmers ear or external ear infection. If this is the case, white vinegar drops will help you out. Consider trying us with Healthtap Prime where we can possibly prescribe antibiotics for her :) ...Read more

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Blocked ears. Blocked nose. Extreme pain. Crackling noise. Creamy liquid discharge from the ears. What could this be?

Blocked ears. Blocked nose. Extreme pain. Crackling noise. Creamy liquid discharge from the ears. What could this be?

Ear pain: First you might have an ear infection, 2nd don't take Sudafed more than 2-3 days because that could cause congestion of your nose and that could lead to blockage of your eustachian tube and then ear infection. ...Read more

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Excess earwax and itchiness in Right ear for past month, now I have clear liquid discharge from R ear. No injury, no hearing loss. What could it be?

Clear discharge: With the time frame for this continuing it would be best to see an ENT physician to check to see what this is based on. Many things can present in this fashion and should be evaluated ...Read more

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I was experiencing ear pressure, ear ache and discharge from the ear for 2 days. and last night it started bleeding? help me with my ear infection?

Needs to be seen: This public site does not offer to diagnose or treat patients. It can help you with general medical information . This pattern suggests a problem which will require the attention of a local primary care provider and likely prescription meds. Pick up the phone and call or go to an urgent care center. ...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