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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

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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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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 most common cause of strong vaginal odor is bacterial vaginosis, overgrowth of mostly normal vaginal bacteria. Some antibiotics can trigger BV by suppressing protective bacteria. You could sit tight for a few days and see if it clears on its own. If not, 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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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

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 anatomic landmarks of membrane, poor mobility of membrane ultimately, tm can perforate or rupture with subsequent drainage of fluid into the ear canal. May take months for fluid from ...Read more


Dr. Tanya Russo
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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