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Weird smell behind ears, liver related?

Weird smell behind ears, liver related?

Shouldn't be: Without knowing more information, it is hard to say, although we don't typically think of smell behind the ears as being liver related, but rather activity related (i.e. After sweating or exercise) or an infection (bacterial or fungal). If you have an underlying liver condition, you are at a higher risk of getting an infection which can cause the smell. Discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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Do ear infections cause a smell in ears?

Do ear infections cause a smell in ears?

Ear infections smell: If you have a fungal or (rare) pseudomonas external ear infection or a middle ear infection with draining of pus into the canal, the material may cause a smell to emanate from the ear.
I would have a local ENT look in your ear and possibly clean out your ear (s). You may need to be on antibiotic or antifungal drops. ...Read more

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Why do some of my piercings smell? My nose, ears, and cartilage.

Why do some of my piercings smell? My nose, ears, and cartilage.

Infection: You should not pierce cartilage. The ear lobe has none as is generally safe. Putting a piercing through cartilage increases the risk of infection. Take it out and it will likely resolve. If not see your doctor. ...Read more

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My toddler has ear tubes. We just came back from the beach and she has had some discharge and a foul smell in one ear. What does this mean?

My toddler has ear tubes. We just came back from the beach and she has had some discharge and a foul smell in one ear. What does this mean?

Ear: This means she has an infection and needs antibiotic and steroid drops to treat it. It may be a middle ear infection that is draining through the tube or an infection in the ear canal which often occurs with swimming. All the best. ...Read more

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Hi, last year I suffered a really bad bacterial ear infection. Ever since ivd had constant earache, my ears smell and my ears swell inside.

Hi, last year I suffered a really bad bacterial ear infection. Ever since ivd had constant earache, my ears smell and my ears swell inside.

See ear specialist: You should see an ENT specialist. It is possible you have a cholesteoatoma which could be a result of your severe ear infection. ...Read more

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What does it mean when there is an odd smell from a child's ear?

What does it mean when there is an odd smell from a child's ear?

Something in it!: The most common cause of a stench in the ear is a foreign body in it.
Or it could be an infection.
Best thing to do is have the ears looked at. ...Read more

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Bad smell from inside the ear?

Bad smell from inside the ear?

Bad Smell: You may have an ear infection. You should have it checked by your physician. ...Read more

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My 6 week old son has a yucky smell from behind his ears. There was white pasty stuff and brownish clumps. What is it? How should I treat?

My 6 week old son has a yucky smell from behind his ears. There was white pasty stuff and brownish clumps. What is it? How should I treat?

Go to Doctor: First, only after this is diagnosed and the proper medication prescribed should you treat this on you own at home. The physician or their staff will teach you what needs to be done for wound or home care after the right diagnosis is made. ...Read more

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Does nose size have in crease your sense of smell? How about your ears?

Does nose size have in crease your sense of smell? How about your ears?

No: Your sense of smell is dependent on your olfactory nerves, that is the nerves for smell and the adequate flow of the scent through your nose to the nerve endings. The nerve endings are at the roof of your nose. This is not dependent on the size of your nose. ...Read more

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My 9 yr old son has yellow drainage and a smell coming from his ear?

My 9 yr old son has yellow drainage and a smell coming from his ear?

Followup: Your son may have an ear infection. There are outer ear infection which usually drain but a middle ear infection can also rupture and drain. Your son should be seen by his pediatrician because he may need antibiotics. ...Read more

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Loss of smell. Had x-rays done and drained fluid from ears. Smell comes back at random times. But most of the time can't smell. What's wrong?

Loss of smell. Had x-rays done and drained fluid from ears. Smell comes back at random times. But most of the time can't smell. What's wrong?

Tough situation: Smell is a very difficult sense to figure out sometimes. The fact that you can smell intermittently suggests that he neurologic connections are still present. Something is impeding smell. It could be related to sinusitis, allergies, deviated septum, turbinate enlargement, or nasal polyps. You should have a nasal endoscopic exam and imaging of brain and sinuses to help figure this out. ...Read more

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My infant have a sour smell in back of his ears &when I touch them I felt a little wet and become crumb. What should I do? Any product to keep it dry?

My infant have a sour smell in back of his ears &when I touch them I felt a little wet and become crumb. What should I do? Any product to keep it dry?

See Your Doctor: Age of infant unknown however description suggests possible Seborrheic Dermatitis aka 'cradle cap'. Can involve head areas, diaper area, armpits & more. Greasy yellow scale builds up on skin; bacterial growth causes smell. Treatment includes applying baby oil to loosen scale then daily shampooing; Steroid cream may be needed for severe cases. See your doctor for correct diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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I'm just wondering, if you had an ear infection would it make your ear smell nasty?

I'm just wondering, if you had an ear infection would it make your ear smell nasty?

Often: If you have an outer ear infection, the bacteria or fungus can make chemicals that do have an unpleasant odor. It will go away once the infection is treated. ...Read more

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3year old daughter has a stink smell coming from her left ear?

3year old daughter has a stink smell coming from her left ear?

Possibilities: If some shampoo & water combines with earwax it produces a mouse urine smell, Another reason for stink are germs from an infection from the outer ear or a middle ear infection that drains from the drum. ...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.

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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My left ear is producing a lot more earwax than my right and it has a foul smell to it. My right ear is fine clean as a whistle and no odor. Why?

My left ear is producing a lot more earwax than my right and it has a foul smell to it. My right ear is fine clean as a whistle and no odor. Why?

Possible infection: See your doctor. Foul smelling discharge from an ear may be an indication of an infection. This can easily be treated. See your doc before it gets worse. ...Read more

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I've had swimmers ear for the last 7 months, I'm 13 weeks pregnant, now I have a foul smell from my ears. The doctors gave antibiotics but it returns.

I've had swimmers ear for the last 7 months, I'm 13 weeks pregnant, now I have a foul smell from my ears. The doctors gave antibiotics but it returns.

Sorry: I am sorry that you are having problems, however, doctors on this public site cannot diagnose or prescribe. We do not have access to be able to ask further questions and get answers. We cannot comment on any medication unless you provide the name. You need to take your questions to HealthTap Virtual Consultation. If you are in Texas, I will be glad to help you. Www. Healthtap. Com/DrJones. ...Read more

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I have brown dischare coming from my right ear it smells really bad?

I have brown dischare coming from my right ear it smells really bad?

Needs examination: Ears produce wax that may be brown, but if drainage is significant and smells bad needs examination and cleaning of ear canal, to determine cause of drainage. Would recommend appointment with ENT doctor. ...Read more

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My daughter has this white stuff coming out her ear but it smells horrible I've never seen anything like it before?

Several possibls: This can either be a leaking middle ear infection, an outer ear infection (canal only) or just ear wax that has been altered by soaps (shampoo) and water. A doc can look and decide which. ...Read more

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2 months old has sour smell at the back of his ears and it wet then dry like a crumb then wet. What should I do to keep it dry? Will it go away?

2 months old has sour smell at the back of his ears and it wet then dry like a crumb then wet. What should I do to keep it dry? Will it go away?

Smell: Make sure no milk is trickling down behind ear. Gently clean with a hypoallergenic and scent - free baby wash and pat dry (don't rub). Seborrheic dermatitis is likely the culprit. In severe cases, a steroid cream could be used but would run by your pediatrician if worsens. ...Read more

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What could clear or milky fluid sitting in ear be. Doesn't smell, happens daily ish, not lots of fluid but happens after I feel my ear become full.?

What could clear or milky fluid sitting in ear be. Doesn't smell, happens daily ish, not lots of fluid but happens after I feel my ear become full.?

Old Ear Drum Rupture: Have you had a history of trauma? Diving, or smacking your head when jumping into the water? Possible perforation, collection of fluid, then draining, if chronic, then never healed, consistent with a wet perforation. Another condition which can cause some of your symptoms would be cholesteotoma. Both of these require care with an Ear Specialist, an Otologist. Your Doctor can refer you. ...Read more

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My 6 mon old bub has thick dark liquid coming out of the same ear for a month now and it smells he's been on anti twice in a month for ear infec -help?

Culture: Your doctor needs to take a sample of that drainage and send it for culture. It could be a resistant bacteria, or other infection like a fungus or yeast, especially since he's been on several courses of antibiotics. If your primary care doc can't help you, see an ENT doc. That kind of smelly drainage is not normal in a 6 month old. ...Read more

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I've had a piercing in the top of the ear for 8 months and it still hurt a bit and sometimes it goes out a kind of white thin, smells weird. What is it?

I've had a piercing in the top of the ear for 8 months and it still hurt a bit and sometimes it goes out a kind of white thin, smells weird. What is it?

Infection: Cartilaginous piercings have little blood fow in the tissue around them making healing more difficult also hair and hair products can get in the piercing increasing the risk of infection. You really need to make sure that you keep it cleaned regularly and if it is really infected then it should be removed and allowed to heal. ...Read more

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Can anxiety/stress cause phantom smells. Or ringing in the ears?

Can anxiety/stress cause phantom smells. Or ringing in the ears?

Unusual symptoms: By and large, phantom smells are not a frequent sign or diagnostic featue for an anxiety disorder. One would need to have a better history and tohrough diagnostic intervie to assess this symptom. On the other hand, whle ringing in the ears belongs to what we call tinnitus, which can also be linked to harmless, albeit bothersome occurence but could also be linked to anxiety. ...Read more