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I have a reoccurring ear infection that drains, foul smelling and has tested positive for mrsa. What causing it? What steps to take to get rid of it?

I have a reoccurring ear infection that drains, foul smelling and has tested positive for mrsa. What causing it? What steps to take to get rid of it?

See ENT: This could be a chronic otitis externa (outer ear infection) or otitis media (middle ear infection). Treatment can include local care with suctioning of the ear frequently. It will often require both oral and topical antibiotics. Sulfa based antibiotics and Clindamycin work well, but lab sensitivities are necessary from culture. Middle ear infections may require surgery in some cases. ...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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I had an ear infection with stuff draining out of my ear and I used garlic for it. It's stopped but I'm still having trouble hearing from my ear.

I had an ear infection with stuff draining out of my ear and I used garlic for it. It's stopped but I'm still having trouble hearing from my ear.

Ear infection: The ear canal may be stuffed with wax for which you can use a mucolytic available over the counter. Likewise the garlic may be clogging the ear. ...Read more

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Is it normal when you have an ear infection for is to drain?

Is it normal when you have an ear infection for is to drain?

Otitis media: Perforation of the tympanic membrane (eardrum) can occur with middle ear infection. This is not uncommon, and once the infection has been treated the perforation will usually heal over. ...Read more

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Best remedy for ear infection and how to drain fluid from ears faster?

"best" is variable: Some may same...Best is to allow your body to clear the infection without intervention by medicines....Most will resolve on their own just as quickly without any antibiotics...Some will persist or develop complications so best to me would be treat if not resolved in a couple of days. Best is also not the most broad spectrum antibiotic...Best is amox at about 90mg/kg/day given twice a day. ...Read more

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My son has a bad ear infection and it has started draining heavily. Should I be concerned?

My son has a bad ear infection and it has started draining heavily. Should I be concerned?

Yes: See your pediatrician immediately. Heavy drainage suggests a ruptured ear drum. He needs antibiotic treatment and evaluation by an expert. ...Read more

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Hard thumps under skin? Various places. Told doc, she didn't know. Can't see it, but feel hard thumps. I do have ear infection n sinus won't drain.

Hard thumps under skin? Various places. Told doc, she didn't know. Can't see it, but feel hard thumps. I do have ear infection n sinus won't drain.

Lymph nodes maybe: Lymph nodes generally get bigger when u get sick. Sometimes they can hurt but usually they don't. if u r feeling them along your neck, that's probably just from your sinus & ear infection. they should shrink back down when you get better. If you have lumps in other places or if they are big, you should have them checked out because that could be more serious problem ...Read more

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Why isn't my antibiotic curing my ear infection? My ear is draining a foul smelling light yellow discharge.

Why isn't my antibiotic curing my ear infection? My ear is draining a foul smelling light yellow discharge.

May be wrong med: Any antibiotic used to treat an ear infection is picked based on speculation (percentages) that it will work. Any and all antibiotics have a possible of 5% or higher failure rate. The germ may just not be killed by the abx or something may interfere with its absorption from the gut. Either way, a different abx may do a better job. ...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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During an ear infection is it a good thing when it drains?

During an ear infection is it a good thing when it drains?

Yes and NO: Generally means your ear drum has ruptured. Usually means that infection will resolve, but also means you have damaged your ear drum. Good news is that the ruptured ear drum usually heals on its own. ...Read more

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How long does it usually take for fluid to drain in a toddlers eat after an ear infection is already gone?

4-6 wks: After a true middle ear infection with infected mucous debris, it can take 4-6 weeks for the fluid itself to clear in the absence of repeat infection. Some kids < 1yo can have fluid for up to 3 months with no sign of infection that will also resolve eventually. ...Read more

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What can be done to help your ear to drain with an ear infection? Adult

What can be done to help your ear to drain with an ear infection? Adult

Middle ear effusion: If you have fluid in the middle ear, we call that an effusion. This will cause congestion, pressure, and trouble hearing. You can take decongestants, mucolytics (thin mucus), and nasal steroids like Flonase, Nasacort, or Rhinocort OTC to help drain the fluid. If it persists, then see otolaryngologist for help. ...Read more

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If a young child is put on oral medication for an ear infection, is it normal for the ear to drain out stuff?

If a young child is put on oral medication for an ear infection, is it normal for the ear to drain out stuff?

Not rare: If there are tubes in place or if the ear drum ruptures then pus will drain out. This is not rare and not necessarially an ominous sign. ...Read more

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If a young child is put on medication for an ear infection, is it normal for the ear to drain mucus?

If a young child is put on medication for an ear infection, is it normal for the ear to drain mucus?

Possibly: If the ear drum has ruptured from the ear infection - which is not uncommon. Then yes you would see drainage from the ear. If there is a rupture (typically very small - pinpoint), it will heal within a week. The medication (i presume an antibiotic) did not cause the drainage. ...Read more

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Severe inner & outer ear infection. I'm on oral antibiotic & drops. The pain is gone but my ear is so full of fluid. Any tips to get it to drain?

Severe inner & outer ear infection. I'm on oral antibiotic & drops. The pain is gone but my ear is so full of fluid. Any tips to get it to drain?

Takes time: The fluid is trapped in the middle ear space and must exit through the Eustachian tube. This can take up to 3 weeks or so in a routine middle ear infection. Nothing you take or do is likely to speed this up. Antihistamines may actually slow the process. ...Read more

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I have had an ear infection for 3 weeks. I have taking cipro (ciprofloxacin) and it has gotten worse. It has a white thick pus constanly draining what do I do?

I have had an ear infection for 3 weeks. I have taking cipro (ciprofloxacin) and it has gotten worse. It has a white thick pus constanly draining what do I do?

See your doctor: You need to be re evaluated, and treated with a different medication. You may have a resistant bacteria that needs pills instead of ear drops, or you could have an issue with fungus or yeast. ...Read more

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I have had an ear infection for 3 weeks. I have taken 10 days worth of cipro (ciprofloxacin) and it has gotten worse. It has a white thick pus constanly draining?

I have had an ear infection for 3 weeks. I have taken 10 days worth of cipro (ciprofloxacin) and it has gotten worse. It has a white thick pus constanly draining?

Ear issues: It sounds like you should see your provider or an ear nose and throat specialist to try a different antibiotic and assess for whether antibiotic ear drops will help if the ear canal and ear itself are swollen as it appears you have possibly ruptured your ear drum but this is not always the case with drainage. ...Read more

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I have been getting frequent ear infections due to sinus problems. What's the best way to prevent these if your tubes don't drain right?

Sticky snot: Most cases due non allergic rhinitis. Nose is filter- think all pollution in air- molds, dust. Dust mite poop, viruses. Nose produces mucous to capture particles. But w enuf irritation, environmental dryness, snot thickens. Best consult family doc or ent. There are nasal corticosteroid. All drainage goes over tubes middle ear. Otc_ neil med nasal wash and saline sprays to clear nasal passages. ...Read more

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Would putting my head over boiling water and Vicks help to drain the fluid from my two ear infections?

Would putting my head over boiling water and Vicks help to drain the fluid from my two ear infections?

More a waste of time: If something needs to drain it will spontaneously. If you have a middle ear infection the fluid must drain into your throat from the eustachian tube. If outer ear, it drains by itself. If you enjoy holding your head over boiling water, do so & you can relax. I wouldn't ever do it myself. ...Read more

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How does a doctor drain a ear for an ear infection.  do you have to be put to sleep?

How does a doctor drain a ear for an ear infection.  do you have to be put to sleep?

Rarely needs surgery: True fluid and hearing loss most often will clear on its own with decongestants and treatment for whatever led to the fluid in the first place (uri, sinusitis, allergy). This can be combined with holding your nose and blowing into the nose trying to "pop" your ears. Rarely fluid won't clear and adults can have it drained under a local or topical anesthetic. Fluid is often misdiagnosed - watch out! ...Read more

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Ear wax is draining out of my son's ears. He is complaining of pain and "liquid" in his ears. He's had tubes. Is an ear infection beginning?

Ear wax is draining out of my son's ears. He is complaining of pain and "liquid" in his ears. He's had tubes. Is an ear infection beginning?

Hard to say: If he has had tubes in the past you know he is prone to infections. This may or may not be an early stage of an infection. I can't make much of wax draining but pain is worrisome. I would give him some ibuprofen for now & arrange to have it checked when convenient. ...Read more

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Son has ear tubes. Fluid draining from one ear. Has sinus drainage too. Take him to doc bc of ear drainage? Worried it's ear infection.

Son has ear tubes. Fluid draining from one ear. Has sinus drainage too. Take him to doc bc of ear drainage? Worried it's ear infection.

See Doctor: Given his history of recurrent ear infections and ear tube placement I would definitely have him seen by his pediatrician for further workup and evaluation. ...Read more

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Middle ear infection with permenant perforated ear drum, due to 2 myringotomy yrs ago. How long will take for liquid to drained out? Can't hear.

Middle ear infection with permenant perforated ear drum, due to 2 myringotomy yrs ago. How long will take for liquid to drained out? Can't hear.

Great Question: But without an ENT actually taking a look inside, the answers to your questions about hearing & drainage won't be as specific as you'd like. Why not pay him/her a visit? ...Read more

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What type of ear infection do I have? My ear gets sharp pains whenever I move my head, I can touch my outer ear but it hurts when I apply pressure (like laying my head on a pillow), I feel like something is draining when I sit my head up or tilt it to the

What type of ear infection do I have? My ear gets sharp pains whenever I move my head, I can touch my outer ear but it hurts when I apply pressure (like laying my head on a pillow), I feel like something is draining when I sit my head up or tilt it to the

You: You need an exam to determine what kind of infection you have. You could either have an outer ear infection (also known as swimmer's ear) or you could have a middle ear infection with a burst ear drum causing the sudden drainage. Since both of those need antibiotic treatment, you should go see a doctor. Good luck! ...Read more

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Hi, I have an ear infection and my ear drum ruptured. I've been on amoxicillin and antibiotic ear drops for 3 days. How long till ear stops draining?

Hi, I have an ear infection and my ear drum ruptured. I've been on amoxicillin and antibiotic ear drops for 3 days. How long till ear stops draining?

Hard to predict: The initial drainage was likely triggered by the pressure caused by buildup of mucous and pus behind the ear drum. This was released as drainage started. As the antibiotic begins to kill off the germ, the reason for drainage declines and eventually stops. Persistence of drainage after a week would be unusual and prompt a call to your doc. ...Read more

Dr. Debra Rosenblatt
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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