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What is ear discharge like?

What is ear discharge like?

It can vary: It can be frank puss or it can be watery. It depends on the cause. ...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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What is the medicine for curing ear discharge?

What is the medicine for curing ear discharge?

Treat ear discharge: Ear discharge may be caused by infection of the external ear, or infection of the middle ear space associated with a hole in the ear drum. The infection may be due to bacteria, fungi or both. It may be necessary to culture the discharge so that the most appropriate medication can be prescribed. ...Read more

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What is this ear discharge with lots of debris in it?

Wax: The wax your ear produces is actually a cleaning mechanism for your ear. So sometimes wax may look one way then be a different color the next time, it is picking up the dirt and debris in the ear. However if you're having pain with the discharge it could be an infection. Best way to tell is have an ENT check it out. ...Read more

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Please help! What is the difference between ear discharge and bleeding from the ear?

Please help! What is the difference between ear discharge and bleeding from the ear?

Discharge = general: Discharge is a general term that simply means any type of substance leaking out from somewhere, such as pus, clear fluid, mucus, etc. As such, bleeding can be a type of discharge. Bloody discharge from the ear is known as bloody otorrhea. ...Read more

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I have ear discharge from 14 days I'm not using any ear drops please which ear drops is best?

Rx, probabably: Discharge from the ears may indicate an ear infection--most likely bacterial, possibly fungal. Either infection would require a prescription ear drop. You need to see your doctor for an exam of the ear, and he/she can determine what you may need. ...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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How can I know if its ear wax or ear discharge?

How can I know if its ear wax or ear discharge?

Ear drainage: That suggests a problem could be bloody, fluid, crusty, malodorous & and possibly associated with pain. Ear wax tends to be a oily/clumped substance. ...Read more

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I had operation for CSOM. I see wax sometimes, it's like from ear discharge but no smell. When look in the ear its totally dry.

I had operation for CSOM. I see wax sometimes, it's like from ear discharge but no smell. When look in the ear its totally dry.

Wax in ears: May just be wax, may not be related to chronic supportive otitis media, many people have wax in their ears. Please have a local doctor look into your ears ...Read more

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I have an ear discharge, clear watery not very heavy no pain or head injury for about 12 hours. What can it be caused by please?

I have an ear discharge, clear watery not very heavy no pain or head injury for about 12 hours. What can it be caused by please?

CSF leak: Clear drainage from your ear after a head injury is suggestive of a cerebrospinal fluid leak. If you have not already, you should see a neurosurgeon for further evaluation. Good luck. ...Read more

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Mum suffering from diziness, ear pain (long term, not persistant, like electricity).No inflammation. No ear discharge.

Mum suffering from diziness, ear pain (long term, not persistant, like electricity).No inflammation. No ear discharge.

Dizziness: One of the most common causes for dizziness is "Vestibular" Issues caused by some 'inner-ear' dysfunction. Have your mum see the Doctor for her dizziness, so she can be diagnosed and treated. Best wishes to you both. ...Read more

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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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Rt ear has gone numb - past 2 days. No dizziness, no h/o of trauma, no ear discharge, no pain, ear cavity clean, on post angioplasty drugs, please help?

CN 7, 9, 10: The sensory innervation of the pinna (or ear) is complex: cranial nerves 7, 9, 10 play a part. Given your otherwise neurological "intactness" except this pinnal numbness, my question is: have you recently 'cracked' your neck, had chiropractic manipulation, what was angioplastied? Arterial dissection is the concern. The simplest explanation is focal compressing ear too long during sleep... ...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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What is the treatment for ear discharge in tympanic membrane perforation, is it safe to use CPAP device in this situation?

What is the treatment for ear discharge in tympanic membrane perforation, is it safe to use CPAP device in this situation?

Is there infection: If there is an infection you will need to be treated with anabiotic's. The discharge should be evaluated. I don't think the CPAP will be a major problem. You can discuss this with your physician. ...Read more

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Is tympanic membrane perforation a contraindication for CPAP & APAP use for sleep apnea, what is the treatment for ear discharge from this condition?

Is tympanic membrane perforation a contraindication for CPAP & APAP use for sleep apnea, what is the treatment for ear discharge from this condition?

CPAP: CPAP
OVERVIEW
(Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) is a tool
which can be used to assist
the oxygenation of several
respiratory pathologies. CONTRAINDICATIONS:Unconsciousness
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Suspected pneumothorax
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Inadequate respiratory drive
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Shock/Hypotension (BP <90)
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Chest wall trauma
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Persistent nausea/vomiting
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Has active upper GI bleeding or history of recent gastric surgery ...Read more

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Saw Dr for ear discharge she gave me drops and antibiotic. It's been 2 days on treatment with still slight bloody discharge. How long for this 2 heal?

Saw Dr for ear discharge she gave me drops and antibiotic. It's been 2 days on treatment with still slight bloody discharge. How long for this 2 heal?

The answer depends: On the cause for the ear discharge and what the doctor is treating. It could be an external ear infection, or a perforation from a middle ear infection, or a traumatic perforation (the 3 most common causes). Since I do not know which of these (or other) is the source/cause, I would recommend you speak with your treating doctor or an ear, nose, throat specialist for a more precise answer. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Discharge from the ear?

Discharge from ear: May be fluid or other draining material, often coming through the external ear canal. ...Read more

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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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My child has green odourless discharge from one ear, any idea what?

My child has green odourless discharge from one ear, any idea what?

Possibly rupture TM: Definitely not normal. It is possible it may be a foreign body or drainage from a rupture of the eardrum. Have it checked. All the best. ...Read more

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What should I do about a brownish discharge from my ear that has lasted for several weeks?

What should I do about a brownish discharge from my ear that has lasted for several weeks?

Maybe nothing: Normal, healthy wax can produce a "brownish discharge" which is perfectly normal. You can clean it once it reaches the outer skin of your ear, just stay away from the canal. If you have hearing loss, pain or worsening ear symptoms you need to see an ENT doctor. ...Read more

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What is the cause of discharge from the ear?

Could be infection: The most common cause of discharge from an ear is infection of the ear canal or a middle ear infection that has caused the to antic membrane to rupture. If it is thic, colored and associated with pain it is likely an infection. You should be examined by a medical professional when convenient for you. ...Read more

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What does a discharge from my baby’s ear mean?

What does a discharge from my baby’s ear mean?

Ear infection: If you see a discharge from your baby's ear, there may be an infection in the ear. It could be an external ear canal infection (otitis externa). There might be a hidden object stuck in the canal. Sometimes a middle ear infection (acute otitis media) can cause drainage from the ear if there's a small hole in the eardrum. ...Read more

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Please tell me what causes discharge from the ear?

Please tell me what causes discharge from the ear?

You might have: Otitis external (infection of external ear canal). In some cases of middle ear infection (otitis media) - there can be drainage if the ear drum is no longer intact. ...Read more

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What do I do if I see a discharge from my child's ear?

What do I do if I see a discharge from my child's ear?

Call your doc.: A discharge from the ear can mean something more serious than just ear pain. Talk with your provider. He or she will ask about other symptoms and/or a history of swimming or trauma. Request an appointment within 24-72 hours. ...Read more

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Why is my baby having discharge outside his ear?

Why is my baby having discharge outside his ear?

Be seen: Have him see his physician. It may be an infection, although it may simply be a physiologic discharge. ...Read more

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What can I do to help someone with discharge from their ear?

What can I do to help someone with discharge from their ear?

Suggest that they: Obtain medical care. This could be an ear infection called otitis externa. ...Read more

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Gun discharged now ear sound static like on tv. How long does this last?

Depends: There are a few cells that do not regenerate, brain cells and hearing cells. Dependong on the repetative nature of the gun shots and loud noises, you hope the hearing comes back in 2-3 days. If the loss persists, you need to get an evaluation by ent. Always wear protective hearing aides/ear protection when shooting a gun or performing activites with loud noises (leaf blowing, weed whacking, etc). ...Read more

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From time to time, when I wake at night, I seem to develope a wet clear oderless discharge from of my ears?

This: Is not normal to have ear discharge... I would suggest see an ENT guy. Hope you did not hit your head in the not too distant past...Go get an apointment with the doctor I recommended! ...Read more

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Discharge From The Ear (Definition)

May be fluid or other draining material, often coming through ...Read more