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What does a discharge from my baby’s ear mean?

What does a discharge from my baby’s ear mean?

Ear infection: If you see a discharge from your baby's ear, there may be an infection in the ear. It could be an external ear canal infection (otitis externa). There might be a hidden object stuck in the canal. Sometimes a middle ear infection (acute otitis media) can cause drainage from the ear if there's a small hole in the eardrum. ...Read more

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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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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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What's it mean when doc said they see drainage in my ears? That normal?

What's it mean when doc said they see drainage in my ears? That normal?

Ear drainage: Usually ear drainage refers to some sort fluid leakage out of the external ear canal. Ear infections are by far the most common cause of such. Your doc should have explained what he meant by drainage in your ears and what you should do. ...Read more

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What does yellow mucus mean? Should i be worried and should I see my dr? My head hurts and I have a cough and drainage in my ears.

What does yellow mucus mean? Should i be worried and should I see my dr?  My head hurts and I have a cough and drainage in my ears.

Possibilities...: The cough productive of yellow sputum may indicate the presence of infection in your airways, called acute bronchitis. If the infection is caused by a virus, it will complete its course but, if due to bacterial infection, antibiotics may be needed. This is a common infection and it is easily treated so see your doctor so you can be diagnosed and treated. ...Read more

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My son has dark red and light red drainage in his left ear... He has tubes in both ears. Just saw ENT on thursday and was ok. What does that mean?

My son has dark red and light red drainage in his left ear... He has tubes in both ears.  Just saw ENT on thursday and was ok. What does that mean?

Usually infection: Having myringotomy tubes in place prevents infection from staying in the middle ear space. When an ear infection occurs it will drain out the ear canal. Usually this is treated with antibiotic drops. ...Read more

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Why is my baby having discharge outside his ear?

Why is my baby having discharge outside his ear?

Be seen: Have him see his physician. It may be an infection, although it may simply be a physiologic discharge. ...Read more

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What does it mean if I have discharge and an odor out of my ear?

Wax versus infection: A discharge from the ear canal is usually not normal unless it is liquid type of cerumen (wax). The most likely source of a foul smelling discharge is called otitis externa, an infection of the ear canal skin. More uncommon is a true middle ear infection with a perforated ear drum. This problem needs a diagnosis from an ENT doctor. ...Read more

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What does it mean when an infant constantly rubs their eyes and ears?

What does it mean when an infant constantly rubs their eyes and ears?

Infant rubbing: Eye and ear rubbing by an infant could be habitual in nature but it could be related to allergy, viruses, or other causes. I would recommend ruling out other issues by seeing your pediatrician. ...Read more

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I saw dark red and smelly discharge in my 2 year old child's ear. She seemed fined the she day, what could it mean?

I saw dark red and smelly discharge in my 2 year old child's ear. She seemed fined the she day, what could it mean?

Wax vs. infection: It is could likely be an ear infection with a small perforation (which caused the blood mixed in with the infection). Some children do not complain with ear infections. It could also be excessive wax as well. The smell makes it more likely an infection but you should follow up with a specialist to make your child gets the appropriate treatment one way or another. ...Read more

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