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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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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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Is it true that ear discharge with an infection is a good thing?

Is it true that ear discharge with an infection is a good thing?

Maybe,maybe not: A kid with a painful buildup of pressure during a middle ear infection can experience quick relief if a hole develops.This is seen as the debris drains into the canal, lessening the pressure stretching the ear drum.Years ago docs cut a hole to allow such drainage if the pain was bad enough. Drainage could also mean a canal infection with to benefit. ...Read more

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I have ear itchiness & discharge, an ear infection, what to do for treatment?

I have ear itchiness & discharge, an ear infection, what to do for treatment?

Need Rx: The safest and fastest way to get relief from an ear infection is with an appropriate medication, either topical or oral, as prescribed after examination by your healthcare provider. ...Read more

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I feel like I have a lot more discharge than normal. But i also have a sinus/ear infection. Can these two be related?

I feel like I have a lot more discharge than normal. But i also have a sinus/ear infection. Can these two be related?

See below: Sinus and ear pathogens can be similar and can connect to each other anatomically via the eustachian tubes which connect the middle ear to the throat and thus, indirectly, the sinuses. However, 98% of sinuses infections are viral and 85% of all middle ear infections clear without antibiotics. Thus, if you are having prolonged symptoms, they could be related but are more likely viral. Get seen. ...Read more

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I have an ear infection and have been on amoxicilina for 6 days. The first 3 days my ear was blocked. Now I have a constant clear and sticky discharge?

I have an ear infection and have been on amoxicilina for 6 days. The first 3 days my ear was blocked. Now I have a constant clear and sticky discharge?

Ear drum rupture: Your ear infection was accompanied by an effusion - a collection of fluid behind the membrane. That fluid gave you the sensation of being "blocked". Now the pressure has reach a point that the ear drum ruptured and now that effusion can drain. It's not an uncommon occurrence. Finish your antibiotics and follow-up with your primary care doc for re-eval to assess whether ENT referral is needed. ...Read more

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I have ear infection - brown discharge, what to do for treatment?

See an ENT: An Ear Nose and Throat specialist needs to take a look in that ear and determine exactly what is going on...it may not be a bacterial infection at all! Treatment will depend on what they find. Good luck! ...Read more

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How do i relieve pressure from my ear infection also i have alot of discharge ?

How do i relieve pressure from my ear infection also i have alot of discharge ?

See doctor: If the ear infection has been documented by your doctor, then using a nasal decongestant spray, nasal steroid spray, or even a short course of prednisone may be considered. The next step would be treatment with an antibiotic. Some studies argue against the use of abx but I would certainly want it myself if I were suffering from the throbbing pain. ...Read more

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Yellow ear discharge and bleeding from ear, is this signs of a yeast infection?

Yellow ear discharge and bleeding from ear, is this signs of a yeast infection?

Unlikely the issue: Yellow pus is usually a sign of a bacterial process, not one caused by fungi.Bleeding is a non specific sign of irritation and inflammation by any agent. ...Read more

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Just treated my 18 mo son, who has ear tubes, for ear infection. Once the meds stop, his ear started discharging again. Do i need to treat again?

Just treated my 18 mo son, who has ear tubes, for ear infection. Once the meds stop, his ear started discharging again. Do i need to treat again?

Probably: If there is drainage you generally need to use the antibiotic drops. You do not generally need to use oral antibiotics. Ask your ENT about it. Persistent drainage after a course of antibiotics could mean a resistant bacteria or a fungal infection-- they may want to take a sample of the drainage to culture it. Also you may want to keep water out of the ear while it is having issues draining. ...Read more

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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


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