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Do ear infections cause a smell in ears?

Do ear infections cause a smell in ears?

Ear infections smell: If you have a fungal or (rare) pseudomonas external ear infection or a middle ear infection with draining of pus into the canal, the material may cause a smell to emanate from the ear.
I would have a local ENT look in your ear and possibly clean out your ear (s). You may need to be on antibiotic or antifungal drops. ...Read more

Ear Infections (Definition)

There are three different types of ear infections that affect different areas of the ear. Outer ear infection (Otitis externa) affects the ear canal and the outside part of the ear. Middle ear infection (Otitis media) affects the middle ear and leads to fluid accumulation behind the ear drum. Inner ear infection (Otitis interna) is a less common inflammation of the inner ear that causes vertigo, ...Read more


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Can a middle ear infection cause temporary or permanent loss of taste and smell?

Can a middle ear infection cause temporary or permanent loss of taste and smell?

Middle ear infection: A middle ear infection can cause temporary hearing loss but I have not come across any article linking it with loss of taste or smell. Just pose your question again to see if other doctors have seen that association. ...Read more

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Can a middle ear infection cause a temporary or permanent loss of taste and smell?

Can a middle ear infection cause a temporary or permanent loss of taste and smell?

Ear infection cannot: ...Cause loss of smell or taste - but ear infections are usually complications of nasal problems which obviously can. ...Read more

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I'm just wondering, if you had an ear infection would it make your ear smell nasty?

I'm just wondering, if you had an ear infection would it make your ear smell nasty?

Often: If you have an outer ear infection, the bacteria or fungus can make chemicals that do have an unpleasant odor. It will go away once the infection is treated. ...Read more

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My ear keeps making a fizzing sound and my nose smell bad like I got a nose and a ear infection?

My ear keeps making a fizzing sound and my nose smell bad like I got a nose and a ear infection?

Sinus congestion: Your symptoms suggest sinus congestion, for which you should get checked by your physician or at an urgent care for treatment as indicated, ...Read more

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What to do if I noticed it had a smell. But it was semi dry do I have ear infection?

What to do if I noticed it had a smell. But it was semi dry do I have ear infection?

Yes: An outer ear infection is associated with ear discharge which could be quite smelly. Keep water out of your ear and see your doctor for some prescription antibiotic ear drops. ...Read more

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I have a ear infection wanted to use over-the-counter meds, but it leaking yellow and white chunks like tissue. Smells like milldew?

I have a ear infection wanted to use over-the-counter meds, but it leaking yellow and white chunks like tissue. Smells like milldew?

Time for visit: Some viral ear infections self heal in 2-4 day. Bacterial infections tend to persist and may lead to real complications. This is bacterial, an evaluation and treatment is advised. Prior to antibiotics, hearing loss due to chronic middle ear disease was not uncommon and a significant complication called mastoiditis requires surgical drainage. ...Read more

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I just finished up some medicine from a sinus infection and ear infection. Now I have a vagina odor. The smell came out of no where. Any idea?

I just finished up some medicine from a sinus infection and ear infection. Now I have a vagina odor. The smell came out of no where. Any idea?

Bacterial vaginosis?: The main cause of strong vaginal odor is bacterial vaginosis, overgrowth of mostly normal vaginal bacteria. Some antibiotics can trigger BV by suppressing protective bacteria. Antibiotics also can trigger vaginal yeast infections, but usually no odor with yeast. See your doctor; if BV confirmed, you'll need a prescription antibiotic. (An antibiotic to treat an antibiotic problem? Yes, probably.) ...Read more

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Hi, last year I suffered a really bad bacterial ear infection. Ever since ivd had constant earache, my ears smell and my ears swell inside.

Hi, last year I suffered a really bad bacterial ear infection. Ever since ivd had constant earache, my ears smell and my ears swell inside.

See ear specialist: You should see an ENT specialist. It is possible you have a cholesteoatoma which could be a result of your severe ear infection. ...Read more

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I have a really bad ear infection witch hurts my head and face and when I clean ear blood comes out and my ear smells, my ear drum burst around 2 year?

I have a really bad ear infection witch hurts my head and face and when I clean ear blood comes out and my ear smells, my ear drum burst around 2 year?

Ear drainage: Drainage like that usually indicates an ear infection, especially if you have s history of a hole in the drum. You probably need antibiotic drops and maybe pills. Go see your pcp or ent. ...Read more

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My son is 1. getting over a ear infection. Taking a medicine called amox/k clav. He is drinking but not peeing. When he does his pee smells strong.

My son is 1. getting over a ear infection. Taking a medicine called amox/k clav. He is drinking but not peeing. When he does his pee smells strong.

Dehydrated?: A decrease in urination in children is usually an indicator of inadequate oral fluid intake and a degree of dehydration, which can cause a strong odor to the urine. Medications can also alter the odor of the urine. ...Read more

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Can ear infection cause pain on head?

Yes: Ear infections can cause headaches, but they can also produce other complications. It is always best to check with your doctor. ...Read more

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What can cause an ear infection usually?

What can cause an ear infection usually?

Middle ear infxn: It is typically caused by blockage of the eustachian tube that connects the middle ear to the nose, trapping fluid and germs in the middle ear which start to get infected. Many times they are caused by viruses, occasionally bacteria, and rarely fungus. ...Read more

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Can an ear infection cause anxiety issues?

Can an ear infection cause anxiety issues?

Ear pain from infect: Please know that pain in general (in this case most likely due to the ear proper) does set one up for a generalized state of discomfort, and in a given indivudual, possible generation of anxiety, stemming from the infectious process or inflammatory process in the ear proper. The anxious state should dissapate with resolution of the primary otological problem. ...Read more

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Could an ear infection cause hearing lose?

Could an ear infection cause hearing lose?

Depends on variables: The inner ear nerve is contained well within the strongest bone in the body away from direct contact with fluids or germs. However, a viral infection can travel to the nerve and cause permanent hearing loss. The middle ear is subject to various viral or bacterial infections, with transient reduction unless chronic and untreated. The outer ear canal can swell with swimmers ear, with transient effect. ...Read more

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What is the most likely causes of frequent ear infection in infants?

What is the most likely causes of frequent ear infection in infants?

Head size: The primary factor leading to recurrent middle ear disease in infants is their head size and its impact on the drainage of the middle ear. The middle ear space has a narrow and shortened tube that drains mucous into the throat. It easily plugs, allows fluid backup and throat germs get into the ear. As the kid gets bigger, drainage improves and the risk declines. ...Read more

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Do colds cause ear infections?

Do colds cause ear infections?

They can: Colds or (upper respiratory infections - uris) are the leading predisposing cause of ear infections. ...Read more

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Can an ear infection cause a rash?

Can an ear infection cause a rash?

Yes: If the ear infection drains from the ear canal, it can spread to the ear and the skin around the ear. ...Read more

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What could cause continuous ear infections in an adult?

What could cause continuous ear infections in an adult?

Many: If you are getting recurrent infection, it could be due to not treating it completely, nasal allergy can also give recurrent ear infection, or it could be due to anatomical abnormality of your ear canal. ...Read more

Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


Dr. James Ferguson
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Ear Infection (Definition)

Collection of purulent fluid behind tympanic membrane- many times secondary to nasal congestion/ viral uri- that can cause bulging of tympanic membrane, pain, redness or distortion of typical ...Read more