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I'm leaking clear fluid out of my vagina. Is this an infection?

I'm leaking clear fluid out of my vagina. Is this an infection?

Maybe not: Clear fluid that doesn't itch or have an odor or color is frequently normal. Vaginal mucus can be very watery at certain times in your menstrual cycle. If there is an unusual amount of it, you should have it checked out. ...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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My son was complaining of a sore ear yesterday and I filled a script and he's in keflex but today it's started leaking clear fluid. What should I do?

My son was complaining of a sore ear yesterday and I filled a script and he's in keflex but today it's started leaking clear fluid. What should I do?

Possible Perforation: It is possible that your child's drum perforated (has a small hole in it). This often occurs with middle ear infections. Important to bring your son back to see the doctor for a recheck. Your doctor can discuss with you if any additional treatment is necessary. ...Read more

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I have a cut on my leg and it is leaking clear fluid. Does this mean I have an infection?

I have a cut on my leg and it is leaking clear fluid. Does this mean I have an infection?

Have it checked: If there is a cut and drainage involved, you need to have it checked out because left untreated it can lead to an infection. Make sure you keep the cut bandaged and clean until you are seen by a physician. ...Read more

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I had jaw surgery july 5 2013 & dr burst my eardrum. Still ear ache and leaking clear fluid the entire time. I have 50% hearing returned so far?

I had jaw surgery july 5 2013 & dr burst my eardrum. Still ear ache and leaking clear fluid the entire time. I have 50% hearing returned so far?

Should heel days: Most of the time, a ruptured eardrum heals by itself, within hours or days. You should see your doctor about 2 weeks after your first visit so he or she can check if your eardrum has healed. If it has not, you will need to see an ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialist. He or she might do surgery to put a tiny paper patch on your eardrum to help seal the hole. ...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 daughter has an ear infection it perforated and leaked fluid doctor has prescribed amoxicillan I have given calpol, ibruproifen she is very hot stil

Give a few days: It can take a few days for the fever to go on once treatment is started for the infection. Fever is not her enemy, it is just a symptom. The body will actually fight the infection better with her running a temperature. Make sure you give her lots of fluids, dress down so she doesn't overheat from that. If fever still present 3-4 days after start of meds, see doc again - it may be a resistant germ. ...Read more

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My daughter has had a bad ear infection and now her ear has been leaking lots of fluid. Has she ruptured her ear drum? If she has when does the fluid stop?

My daughter has had a bad ear infection and now her ear has been leaking lots of fluid. Has she ruptured her ear drum? If she has when does the fluid stop?

Probably ruptured: A rush of fluid from the ear canal in the midst of an acute ear infection usually means the drum has ruptured. If she has ear tubes this drainage will usually come through the tube. Drainage will typically stop within a week, but she should receive a professional examination, including a hearing test. ...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 have chronic severe ear infection w/csf leak since brain decompression for chiari malformation. Could inner ear & ear bones be malformed also?

I have chronic severe ear infection w/csf leak since brain decompression for chiari malformation. Could inner ear & ear bones be malformed also?

Unlikely: Unless your inner ear was involved in the surgery or you were born with inner ear or ear bone malformations, the inner ear and ear bones were likely unaffected from surgery. A suboccipital decompression typically does not affect the inner ear or ear bones. I would consult your otologist for a more precise answer. ...Read more

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I just got over a ear infection with sinusitis. When I bend over there is clear watery yellow fluid coming out of my nostril. Should I worry?

I just got over a ear infection with sinusitis. When I bend over there is clear watery yellow fluid coming out of my nostril. Should I worry?

Possibly: Most likely this is sinus drainage from your recent infection, but there is a possibility that this could be cerebral spinal fluid. You should go to your doctor so he or she can examine you and get further history to determine the cause of this drainage. ...Read more

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I have been struggling with ear fluid and a buildup of phlegm in upper part of throat. This started with a cold. I have had two ear infections since. They discovered MRSA, which has now cleared. CT scan is clear. Prilosec did not work.?

I have been struggling with ear fluid and a buildup of phlegm in upper part of throat. This started with a cold. I have had two ear infections since. They discovered MRSA, which has now cleared. CT scan is clear. Prilosec did not work.?

Phlegm: It sounds like you still have sinus inflammation with mucous draining down into your throat. Try a nasal steroid like Flonase for maintenance therapy or an antihistamine like Claritin. If symptoms persist, oral antibiotics or low dose oral prednisone may help. An ENT consult may be needed. ...Read more

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I had surgery and my sutures are leaking clear fluid. Is this normal?

I had surgery and my sutures are leaking clear fluid. Is this normal?

Depends: Depends on the kind of surgery, where is was, and how much you are leaking. A small clear discharge is likely normal. Do you have a fever? Any redness around the wound?

Check with your surgeon. ...Read more

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Hello. I have a question why am I leaking clear fluid out of my vagina?

Hello. I have a question why am I leaking clear fluid out of my vagina?

It depends: Are you pregnant or not.
If pregnant can be ruptured membranes.
If not pregnant, likely cervical mucus or vaginal secretions, and can be normal ...Read more

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Spotting 2 weeks before period & I've been leaking clear fluid randomly. I have heartburn, & my breasts fill full. What is the reason for my symptoms?

Spotting 2 weeks before period & I've been leaking clear fluid randomly. I have heartburn, & my breasts fill full. What is the reason for my symptoms?

GYN/medical: I suggest that you will need both a comprehensive GYN and medical examination with specific blood testing to answeryour questions. For the heartburn try OTC antacids and omperazole. ...Read more

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I have 5 bug bites on my ankles. But some are leaking clear fluid when I scratch them. What kind of bug bit me?

I have 5 bug bites on my ankles. But some are leaking clear fluid when I scratch them. What kind of bug bit me?

More than one?: It is more likely that is more than one of the same bug, possibly ants that bit you. It is impossible to know with that description. But keep area clean, dry, don't scratch it, and if no improvement see your doctor. ...Read more

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Leaking clear fluid from vagina, should I be concerned?

Leaking clear fluid from vagina, should I be concerned?

Testing: Vaginal discharge requires an examination to determine the cause and treatment. Bacterial vaginosis is the most common cause and often has a vaginal odor. Vaginal itching can be a sign of a yeast infection. Sometimes vaginal discharge can be a sign of a sexual transmitted infection. Testing is important to determine the treatment and keep you and your partner safe. ...Read more

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My nose has been leaking clear fluid. Congested, too. Flu?

My nose has been leaking clear fluid. Congested, too. Flu?

MAYBE: Clear fluid and congestion this time of year usually related to seasonal allergies caused by pollen. Usually no fever with this. If you have a fever and fell sick, get checked because that could be the flu. ...Read more

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What does it mean when you are leaking clear fluid out of your vaginia?

What does it mean when you are leaking clear fluid out of your vaginia?

Various reasons: Vaginal discharge requires an examination to determine the cause and treatment. Bacterial vaginosis is the most common cause and often has a vaginal odor. Vaginal itching can be a sign of a yeast infection. Sometimes vaginal discharge can be a sign of a sexual transmitted infection. Testing is important to determine the treatment and keep you and your partner safe. ...Read more

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Why is my breast leaking clear fluid from both sides?

Why is my breast leaking clear fluid from both sides?

Pituitary growth: There may be a very small pituitary growth that is secreting prolactin, a hormone that can cause inappropriate breast secretions. A MD visit and test for prolactin (blood) can make that determination. If you were recently pregnant in the past 6 months secretions can also occur if you have recently stopped breast feeding. ...Read more

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Tiny itchy pimple like bump on arm. Leaking clear fluid. Might be a mosquito bite. What could be causing the fluid?

Tiny itchy pimple like bump on arm. Leaking clear fluid. Might be a mosquito bite. What could be causing the fluid?

Skin irritation: Any time you have significant enough skin irritation, the cells in the skin can make extra fluids to try and sooth/protect it. Think of when you burn yourself and you get a fluid filled blister - same thing. Keep area clean and monitor for redness. If drainage becomes purulent or area gets red, then seek medical care. ...Read more

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Spotting and leaking clear fluid at 19 weeks. Seems odd?

Spotting and leaking clear fluid at 19 weeks. Seems odd?

Refine your question: Please give us more informatin concerning your problem for an answer. ...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


Clear Fluid Leaking From The Vagina (Definition)

The clear fluid is common at the time of ovulation, and is normal in women at mid-cycle. Sometimes, if the bladder of the woman is full, and/or she has had vaginal deliveries, small amounts of urine can appear as if it is coming from the vagina. If this is causing problems, consult a ...Read more