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What does it mean if I have discharge and an odor out of my ear?

What does it mean if I have discharge and an odor out of my ear?

Wax versus infection: A discharge from the ear canal is usually not normal unless it is liquid type of cerumen (wax). The most likely source of a foul smelling discharge is called otitis externa, an infection of the ear canal skin. More uncommon is a true middle ear infection with a perforated ear drum. This problem needs a diagnosis from an ENT doctor. ...Read more

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Why is my ear bleeding and why does it have a bad odor and what can I do to stop it?

Why is my ear bleeding and why does it have a bad odor and what can I do to stop it?

Ear infection: With the symptoms you describe, it sounds like you have a serous otitis media inner ear infection, which usually need to be assessed and treated with antibiotics by a health care provider. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Hard, painless lump with odor behind ear. On previous occasions I drained them, but its hard. Not bothering me, but should I have it checked?

Hard, painless lump with odor behind ear. On previous occasions I drained them, but its hard. Not bothering me, but should I have it checked?

Ear lumps: hello~ yes these are sebaceous cysts and the time to remove them is when they are quiescent and not infected. See your doc now and have them removed thanks ...Read more

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I have a wound at the back of my ear with pus and bad odor. What can I apply? Do i need to take antibiotics ? The wound is 3 weeks already

I have a wound at the back of my ear with pus and bad odor. What can I apply? Do i need to take antibiotics ? The wound is 3 weeks already

See your doctor!: Foul smelling pus from a wound is very likely infected. If it hasn't healed in a week, much less 3, it isn't likely to heal without antibiotics and a bedside surgical procedure to open and clean it. Use otc antibiotic cream and gauze and get to your doctor or urgent care right away. ...Read more

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Behind my 14 yr old daughter's ears itch terribly and have a foul odor. Would an anti-fungal med help or can we use a strong cortisone?

Behind my 14 yr old daughter's ears itch terribly and have a foul odor.  Would an anti-fungal med help or can we use a strong cortisone?

No steroid: The description of a foul smell points to an infection. I would not put steroid creams or ointments like cortisone on it as they may worsen the infection. If you are going to try anything at home try an antibiotic ointment and an antifungal cream. If this is not helping in 1-2 days see a physician on person for a more exact diagnosis. ...Read more

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