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Smell In Ear
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
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
No: It's more of a sign that you have a bacterial overgrowth of the skin which is quite common in that area. ...Read more
My left ear is slowly leaking a clear fluid. It doesn't smell like anything. Ear feels numb. Should I seek medical attention?
Yes: It is important to know what and where the fluid is coming from-middle or outer ear. Also your doctor may want to culture the fluid. ...Read more
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?
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.
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
Since October 2014 I've been experiencing fever and pain, numbness, clogged ear and now, bad smell inside of my ear. I have no insurance money help! ?
Why my 4mos baby's ear smell bad? But after I clean the ear (outside only) the smell reduce. Will smell bad again after few days. 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
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
Having a white weird smell wet discharge in the ear, with skin in it & itch sometimes. Went to PCP & said looks fine but still have problems. Thanks?
Swimmer's ear: Try OTC medicines or a solution of warm water and vinegar. ...Read more
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?
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
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
My daughter has this white stuff coming out her ear but it smells horrible I've never seen anything like it before?
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?
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
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
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
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