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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

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?

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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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

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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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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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Hi I have a clear watery sticky discharge coming from inside my ear. My doctor said it wasn't a cfs leak but it was otitis externa. Is she correct do y?

Hi I have a clear watery sticky discharge coming from inside my ear. My doctor said it wasn't a cfs leak but it was otitis externa. Is she correct do y?

More than likely: CSF discharge from the ear is very unusual, unless you had trauma resulting in fracture of the skull. If treatment of infection does not resolve it, you may wish to see an ENT surgeon.
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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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Hissing in my left ear only. Something like insects noise at night time. I am 64 yrs old. My two ears are waxy and has a lot of wet discharge.?

Hissing in my left ear only. Something like insects noise at night time. I am 64 yrs old. My two ears are waxy and has a lot of wet discharge.?

See your doctor: Problems like these can only be correctly handled by your doctor in person. He/she needs to listen to you, perform an examination and possibly run labs or other tests. That's the only way he/she can find out what's going on and what to do about it. ...Read more

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I've noticed over the past couple of days that my left ear keeps on discharging runny, yellow and smelly stuff. Why does this happen?

I've noticed over the past couple of days that my left ear keeps on discharging runny, yellow and smelly stuff. Why does this happen?

Best to see MD: The ear is actually a closed system. The outer ear can't get to the middle ear due to the tympanic membrane. If there is discharge, either there is an infection, and a bad one in the canal causing it, but more likely an infected middle ear with perforation of the tympanic membrane causing fluid to go through. It is best to be examined and treated right. ...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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I have clear, watery drainage coming from my left ear. I've been on Augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) 875mg for up to 10 days. It will go away but return a few days later.

I have clear, watery drainage coming from my left ear. I've been on Augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) 875mg for up to 10 days. It will go away but return a few days later.

Otitis media: The clear fluid is likely from the middle ear compartment that is normally walled off by the ear drum and drains trough a tube to the back of your throat. Infection, trauma, structural growths of different kinds can all result in eardrum perforation. Insure the diagnosis of infection is correct, and take measures to limit swelling in the throat to maintain patent Eustachian tube (eg treat GERD) ...Read more

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Pain near the ear area, headche above left eye, nose feels lil stuffed from inside bt no runny nose or discharge, do I have sinus?

Pain near the ear area, headche above left eye, nose feels lil stuffed from inside bt no runny nose or discharge, do I have sinus?

Hard to tell: If you have had these symptoms for more than 2 weeks, it is best to get evaluated by your doctor. It is impossible to say whether sinusitis is the cause. ...Read more

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I have itchy watery eyes, clear drainage in nose, draining itchy ears, cough, itchy sore throat, any ideas what this could be?

I have itchy watery eyes, clear drainage in nose, draining itchy ears, cough, itchy sore throat, any ideas what this could be?

? allergies: All of the symptoms you have certainly could be caused by allergy mediated issues with post nasal drip, congestion, itchiness, etc. ...Read more

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Clear watery fluid running from nose only when I bend down or when I lay my head sideways. Doesn't have taste to it. No trauma. Sinus drainage?

Clear watery fluid running from nose only when I bend down or when I lay my head sideways. Doesn't have taste to it. No trauma. Sinus drainage?

Nasal fluid: These symptoms should be evaluated by an ENT physician. On physical examination, including with a nasal endoscopy, they can determine if the fluid is coming from the nasal passage or not. ...Read more

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My husband bumped his head about a month ago. Only damage was his glasses cut is eyebrow. He has allergy symptoms but also has a clear watery drainage?

My husband bumped his head about a month ago. Only damage was his glasses cut is eyebrow. He has allergy symptoms but also has a clear watery drainage?

Cerebral leak: One thing which bothers me is whether the head injury had cause a break in the cribiform plate in the skull leading to cerebral spinal fluid leak especially if the injury occurs at the front of the face/head. If gone untreated, he may end up with a brain abscess. The problem may well be from allergy but it is better to be sure than sorry. ...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 can I do about watery ear wax?

What can I do about watery ear wax?

Debrox: Hello, watery ear wax can be washed clean with a solution of debrox. This is an otc product that has a wax softening and a hydrogen peroxide component that helps to irrigate the ear canals clean. Follow the instructions and your ears will be clear of this watery ear wax. I often times recommend using this product for the first few days of each month. ...Read more

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Yellow smelly discharge from ear. What does this indicate?

Infection: Discharge with odor from the ear suggests infection. Best to see a health care provider for examination and appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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Discharge From The Ear (Definition)

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