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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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Does fluid draining from my baby’s ear mean he has an ear infection?

Does fluid draining from my baby’s ear mean he has an ear infection?

Most likely: The fluid can represent a middle ear infection which either caused a perforation of the ear drum to release pressure or oozing of fluid through the ear drum. This is particularly suspect if the baby recently has had an upper respiratory infection. Less likely, the fluid can be due to an external otitis(swimmer's ear) where water collects in the ear canal resulting in inflammation and pain. ...Read more

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Does green ear wax mean you have an ear infection?

Does green ear wax mean you have an ear infection?

No: No it does not, but if you are having pain in tour ear or have a concern have tour doctor check out your ear. Ear wax can be many different colors. ...Read more

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Child has ear infection and now ear Lobe looks infected is this concerning or normal with ear infections?

Child has ear infection and now ear
Lobe looks infected is this concerning or normal with ear infections?

Ear lobe: Seeing the ear lobe looks infected, make me tell that you need to see your doctor again to make sure about skin infection of ear lobule. This is serious infection if frieze ...Read more

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My ears are hurting does that mean i have an ear infection.

My ears are hurting does that mean i have an ear infection.

It might: The common cause of ear pain is a stretch on the ear drum.This occurs as you land from an airplane trip when the air pressure changes.It can occur if the drum has infection in the tissue (myringitis) or there is pressure from an expanding infection in the middle ear.The eardrum also shares a nerve with the jaw, so some tooth problems could cause ear pain. To know for sure it must be evaluated. ...Read more

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My 5 year old has a cough and now ear ache. Does that mean its an ear infection?

My 5 year old has a cough and now ear ache. Does that mean its an ear infection?

Maybe,maybe not: Sometimes a kid with a cough & congestion can develop pressure behind the ear drum by simple fluid accumulation. An exam would be required to decide if it were infected. ...Read more

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My daughter has ear tubes. Her ear canal is red and she is playing with it. Is it an ear infection. ?

My daughter has ear tubes. Her ear canal is red and she is playing with it. Is it an ear infection. ?

Possibly: Tubes do not prevent ear infections, despite the common misconception to that effect. That said, if the canal is inflamed, it can sometimes indicate an infection, so have her seen. You do not mention her age, but some children will have a tendency to play with their ears, just because they find them. Treat her for fever if she develops one, and have her seen. ...Read more

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If the inside of my baby’s ear looks swollen and red, does she have an ear infection?

If the inside of my baby’s ear looks swollen and red, does she have an ear infection?

Not typical: That description is not a normal finding on a child. It could be due to several reasons so it is best to have MD examine it. If there is pain, fever or discharge see MD asao ...Read more

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Does my baby need antibiotics if he has an ear infection?

Does my baby need antibiotics if he has an ear infection?

Define "infection": The presence of middle ear fluid is a common finding in infancy and studies find as many as 40% have it for up to 3 months without invasion by germs. Some infants get a mild viral middle ear infection that self clears in about 3 days & no meds are needed. When the process involves germs that turn middle ear fluid to pus, which the doc can see on exam, it will need antibiotics. ...Read more

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My daughter has a severe ear infection she's on antibiotics (oral) but now her ear has a pussy bloody discharge is this normal an what causes it?

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My daughter has a severe  ear infection  she's on antibiotics (oral) but now her ear has a pussy bloody discharge is this normal an what causes it?

Ear Drum Rupture: It is very likely her eardrum ruptured. While this looks like a worry some issue, it is simply the body's natural way of relieving the pressure. Use tylenol (acetaminophen) or Ibuprofen for pain relief and continue the current antibiotics. It is likely your child is feeling less pain as a result of the rupture. See your pediatrician in the next 1-2 days to have the ear reevaluated. ...Read more

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Ear popped after blowing my nose. Turns out, have an ear infection. Was given antibiotics but ear is still blocked and hearing is muffled. What to do?

Ear popped after blowing my nose. Turns out, have an ear infection. Was given antibiotics but ear is still blocked and hearing is muffled. What to do?

Hearing depressed: You have fluid in your ears fom the infection.you can try ching gum to equalize pressure. It that fails, see your ENT for possible use of steroids. If after two months symptoms persist he may want to do a myringotomy and possible insert ear tube to drain your ears ...Read more

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My 5 year old has a cough and now ear ache. Does that mean she has an ear infection?

My 5 year old has a cough and now ear ache. Does that mean she has an ear infection?

Maybe,maybe not: Sometimes a kid with a cough & congestion can develop pressure behind the ear drum by simple fluid accumulation. An exam would be required to decide if it were infected. ...Read more

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If my 3 year year old gets an ear infection from a prior bronchial infection, does that automatically mean it was bacterial? Could it have been viral?

If my 3 year year old gets an ear infection from a prior bronchial infection, does that automatically mean it was bacterial? Could it have been viral?

Ear infection: No, it does not automatically mean it was bacterial. 70% of ear infections are viral. Even with a presumed bacterial infection elsewhere, that does not guarantee that the ear infection is the same, although the odds do go up. ...Read more

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Wondering if it's normal to have fluid leaking from your ear with an ear infection?

Wondering if it's normal to have fluid leaking from your ear with an ear infection?

Ear infection: Ear infections sometimes will weep fluid from the infection across the ear drum and sometimes the fluid is caused by the ear drum rupturing. With proper medication this can be easily resolved. ...Read more

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My ear hurts, does that mean I have an infection?

My ear hurts, does that mean I have an infection?

Possible: But other things also may cause earache. Without being examined its hard to say. ...Read more

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Is it normal to hear like a ring sound in ear when having an ear infection?

Is it normal to hear like a ring sound in ear when having an ear infection?

Common: Not "normal" because it doesn't always occur.. But it can be a very common symptom with an ear infection. ...Read more

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Should I be concerned that my baby has an ear infection?

Should I be concerned that my baby has an ear infection?

No: It is expected that all infants will have an ear infection by their 2nd birthday and some have 5 or more in a year. Modern abx therapy and monitoring has almost eliminated the long term problems of conductive hearing loss common before antibiotics. Some delay in speech development is common with those having the most infections, but catch up progress is the norm for that group. ...Read more

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My 4 year old is congested with a cough and now earache. Doest that mean she has an ear infection?

My 4 year old is congested with a cough and now earache. Doest that mean she has an ear infection?

Possible: Infection is possible.Ear pain can occur as referred pain, such as sore throat or from congestion pressure.Either way, need to see the 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


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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