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I have an unusual amount of dark colored ear wax in one ear. Is this ear infected?

I have an unusual amount of dark colored ear wax in one ear. Is this ear infected?

Maybe not: A person with an ear infection usually has some pain or other discomfort in the ear. Changes in the amount of ear wax cannot tell if there is or is not an infection. Excessive ear wax can hold moisture in the ear canal (after swimming, after showers) and lead to a "swimmers' ear" skin infection of the ear canal. A primary care doctor or ENT doctor can remove the earwax and examine the ears. ...Read more

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Ear Wax (Definition)

Ear wax in the ear canal is a mixture of secretions from oil and sweat glands in the canal's skin. Shedded skin cells are also a major ingredient of ear wax. There are two genetically determined types of ear wax: the wet type and the dry type. While Asians and Native Americans are more likely to have the dry type (crumbly, flaky), Africans and Europeans are more likely to have the ...Read more


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Dark brown ear wax in one ear, its very painful?

Dark brown ear wax in one ear, its very painful?

Can't tell if: you are making a statement or asking a question, but cerumen does not commonly cause pain unless there is an associated middle ear or ear canal infection ...Read more

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Son (3yrs) had fever 101-103F for 64hrs with complaint for waterery eyes, constant eye rubbing. Doc eliminated strep throat, found one ear infected, but didn't know what's the cause for fever Pls help?

Son (3yrs) had fever 101-103F for 64hrs with complaint for waterery eyes, constant eye rubbing. Doc eliminated strep throat, found one ear infected, but didn't know what's the cause for fever Pls help?

Viruses: There are a variety of viruses that can cause the symptoms you describe along with a prolonged fever. An ear infection with cold symptoms and clear runny eyes suggests one . If he is eating and is not acting very sick he should be fine. The thinking these days is to not treat ear infections with antibiotics as most ear infection are viral but with prolonged fever most docs do. It's hard to b a Mom ...Read more

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Can impacted ear wax in one ear cause Eustachian Tube Dysfunction to be worse in both ears?

Can impacted ear wax in one ear cause Eustachian Tube Dysfunction to be worse in both ears?

No: Ear wax would not affect Eustachian tube function in either ear. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Drink enough water daily so that your urine is mostly colorless. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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An ear tube that has been in my one ear for 15 years just fell out with a lot of ear wax. Doctors have always seen it. Should i be worried? No pain

No: Ear tubes typically fall out with the natural motion of wax in about 6 months. That your's has been in for 15 years suggests it may have been a t-tube (longer lasting). You may want to have your doctor check your ear to make sure there is no residual hole in the ear drum that needs repair. Watch for pain or drainage from the ear. ...Read more

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I used ear wax removal and now for a week my one ear has been itchy and hurting, even messing with my throat?

I used ear wax removal and now for a week my one ear has been itchy and hurting, even messing with my throat?

Maybe: the tissues are traumatized or maybe infected (otitis externa involves external canal). Any drainage? Would discus with your physician if you have had sx's for a week now. ...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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I have green ear wax what does this mean and i think i probably have a ear infection what should i use to treat it?

Sounds like: ear infection with Pseudomonas, which is a bacteria that can cause greenish drainage with a peculiar odor. It requires treatment with certain antibiotics. You need to see a doctor. ...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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Would you guess I have an ear infection? If i'm hearing ringing my ears itch I have a lot more ear wax with red in it i feel tired and sickly

Would you guess I have an ear infection? If i'm hearing ringing my ears itch I have a lot more ear wax with red in it i feel tired and sickly

See a doctor: I recommend seeing a doctor so that they can make a proper diagnosis and give you something to get rid of the condition or relieve symptoms. ...Read more

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I have fluid in my ears rather than ear wax...I hear this means there is a dysfunction in my auditory tube. is that an ear infection? is it serious?

Serous otitis media: 'Fluid in the ears" as a result of eustachian tube dysfunction is not in and of itself an infection, but the trapped fluid can easily turn into one. This fluid is trapped behind the ear drum when the eustachian tube becomes ineffective at draining the middle ear space. Nasal steroids and/or decongestants are often used to improve functioning of the tube. ...Read more

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I just pulled a huge infected chunk of ear wax out.Do i still take my amoxicillin? And my ear drops now that it's out?

I just pulled a huge infected chunk of ear wax out.Do i still take my amoxicillin? And my ear drops now that it's out?

Finish: Make sure you finish the recommended course of treatment to assure you have eradicated the infection and not just suppressed it. ...Read more

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Scratched inside of ear approx 2weeks ago caused it to bleed, following day was leaking ear wax I have earache sore throat and infected smelling wax?

Scratched inside of ear  approx 2weeks ago caused it to bleed, following day was leaking ear wax  I have earache sore throat and infected smelling wax?

See your doctor: It is possible that you got a skin infection from the scratch. You should see your doctor so that she can look inside your ear canal for signs of infection. ...Read more

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My 6 mon old bub has dark brown liquid wax coming out of one ear it's been over a month he's been on antib twice this month for earinfect nowit smells?

My 6 mon old bub has dark brown liquid wax coming out of one ear it's been over a month he's been on antib twice this month for earinfect nowit smells?

Wax: Wax is normal in everyones ears but in infants with multiple ear infections it is possible that the wax smells because of an underlying ear infection. I usually see ear infections back to be sure that they have resolved. When a child has multiple infections in a short time i often refer them to en ent. ...Read more

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I found a large amount of dark red/brown earwax in the outside of my ear, on one side, and usually only get the dry flaky wax, what does this mean?

I found a large amount of dark red/brown earwax in the outside of my ear, on one side, and usually only get the dry flaky wax, what does this mean?

Ear wax may need: to be cleaned out by your doctor. Please see him/her to rule out other possibilities also. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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My 6 month old baby has had dark hard wax coming out if his ear for the past 2 weeks he also had an ear infection and was on antib- should I worry?

Not to worry: It is great the hard wax is coming out of his ears on its own ! finish the antibiotics and follow up with your pediatrician as scheduled . If you are still concerned , address this at follow up ...Read more

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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