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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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Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
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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?

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

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 anatomic landmarks of membrane, poor mobility of membrane ultimately, tm can perforate or rupture with subsequent drainage of fluid into the ear canal. May take months for fluid from ...Read more