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Can I go to work with fluid leaking out of my ear?

Can I go to work with fluid leaking out of my ear?

?????: What fluid? Not normal. See ENT doc. Possibilities include external otitis, serous otitis with ear drum perforation, cerebrospinal fluid leak. ...Read more

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My ear has been feeling very clogged and is leaking a clear sticky fluid. Only minor pain. What can I do?

My ear has been feeling very clogged and is leaking a clear sticky fluid. Only minor pain. What can I do?

Ear drops (NOT OTC): Prescription ear drops Ciprodex twice/ day for 7 days helps. Better to see ur MD as it could be ruptured TM too for which you might need referral to ENT ...Read more

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Okay my ear feels clogged I hear wind but im inside and fluid sometimes leaks will this go away?

Okay my ear feels clogged I hear wind but im inside and fluid sometimes leaks will this go away?

Eustachian tube: Hello, your ear symptoms are due to a eustachian tube dysfunction. The lining in your nose continues into the eustachian tube. Any condition affecting your nose will in turn cause ear symptoms. I would recommend afrin nasal spray as directed for 5 days. An otc decongestant can be used as directed thereafter for 7-10 days. If the symptoms persist, then see your ent. ...Read more

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My ear peircing is leaking a clear fluid sometimes even though its been months since I got them peirced.

My ear peircing is leaking a clear fluid sometimes even though its been months since I got them peirced.

Need to see a: Healthcare provider asap to make sure it is not infected. Chronic infection can cause some fluid to appear around the site of puncture, and if you do not treat it you may need surgery to shave things there by the time the infection gets to the side of the ear into the scalp. Better be safe than sorry. There isn't any other plausible explanation for this fluid. ...Read more

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If my ear is leaking of green fluid, do I have a burst eardrum?

If my ear is leaking of green fluid, do I have a burst eardrum?

Not necessarily: This can often be due to an infection of the ear canal skin. This type of an infection is especially common in people who use q-tips or in other ways try to clean their years of wax. In general, wax is very important and people who remove it open up their ears for inflammation and infection. You need to see an ENT doctor and have him or her clean out your ear and treat you. ...Read more

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I have a rash behind my ear. Its been there awhile. Its red, painful and it has like scaley scabs and it leaks clear sticky fluid. It also burns.

I have a rash behind my ear. Its been there awhile. Its red, painful and it has like scaley scabs and it leaks clear sticky fluid. It also burns.

Rash: The rash behind your ears was probably originally seborrhoic dermatitis, but because of your scratching the itchy skin it became secondarily infected. Use an antibiotic ointment to combat the infection and then try using Nizoral (ketoconazole) shampoo 1 percent over the counter to treat the seborrhoa ...Read more

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On the back top of my ear I have a painful red spot that heals a yellow scab that's quite golden. If I take the scab off it leaks clear fluid. Help!

On the back top of my ear I have a painful red spot that heals a yellow scab that's quite golden. If I take the scab off it leaks clear fluid. Help!

Infection: Sounds like a cellulitis. possibly strep / staph. Wash area carefully twice daily. Apply bacitracin topical twice daily. If it gets red / angry appearing despite cleansing area visit your primary care provider for antibiotics. ...Read more

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I have a "pimple"on my ear cartilage and its red swollen and leaks fluid sometimes and now it has a scab. What is this? Is it a pimple?

I have a "pimple"on my ear cartilage and its red swollen and leaks fluid sometimes and now it has a scab. What is this? Is it a pimple?

Infection: This may be a pustule or an inflamed/infected cyst if the drainage appears to be pus. Either way, apply warm compresses and apply antibacterial ointment like bacitracin. See your physician if redness and drainage persist or worsen. ...Read more

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Should I let my ear drops leak out?

Should I let my ear drops leak out?

Better not: Usually better to lie with affected ear up. Let drops soak in for 10-15 minutes. Then put cotton ball in to keep drops in. ...Read more

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There is a ringing noise in my ear that won't go away and it feels like it's leaking but it's really not?

There is a ringing noise in my ear that won't go away and it feels like it's leaking but it's really not?

Most commonly: Most commonly loud noise nerve damage causing a high frequency hearing loss. Hearing aids sometimes the treatment. See an audiologist. Get audio-gram. ...Read more

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About a week a painful bump formed in my ear that hasn't gone away. There's no pain anymore but clear liquid leaking out.

See E.N.T.specialist: You have infection in your ear, the bump has burst out and fluid is leaking out. You should consult E.N.T. specialist to heck your ear and treat you accordingly ...Read more

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I have a cyst on my face the size of a gumball by my ear it has been there twenty years it is now leaking and stinky what do I need to do?

I have a cyst on my face the size of a gumball by my ear it has been there twenty years it is now leaking and stinky what do I need to do?

Preauricular cyst: Does it look like that? It is an embryonic remnant that can get infected. If it is leaking stinky fluid and is red and painful it is likely infected, time to see your doctor. ...Read more

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My ear has been leaking clear yellow color for 2 almost 3 weeks now and I can barley hear in the beginning there was pain then that's when it strated?

My ear has been leaking clear yellow color for 2 almost 3 weeks now and I can barley hear in the beginning there was pain then that's when it strated?

Ear infection?: Likely ruptured eardrum (with or without inner ear infection) or outer ear infection. Trial of topical antibiotic may help, but an examination is definitely warranted. Good luck! ...Read more

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I have pressure in my ear when I bend down. My ear also has been leaking yellow bloody discharge and has also been leaking hard dark yellow substance.

I have pressure in my ear when I bend down. My ear also has been leaking yellow bloody discharge and has also been leaking hard dark yellow substance.

See your Family Doc: The only thing that's supposed to come out of your ear is ear wax. While liquefied ear wax may be yellow, it's not usually described as yellow bloody. Depending upon you & your environment, your ear wax may be hard dark yellow substance but it usually doesn't leak out. So it's best that you see your Family Doc & ENT for evaluation. ...Read more

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I have a swollen lymph node behind my ear. Its been swollen for well over a year. Last night 2 holes opened up & started leaking puss?

I have a swollen lymph node behind my ear. Its been swollen for well over a year. Last night 2 holes opened up & started leaking puss?

Evaluation: This sounds like it is an infected cyst. You need to be seen today to have it drained and evaluated. You may also need antibiotics. Don't delay. ...Read more

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My ears keep leaking wax and I still have some wax in my ear and it smells bad. I took medicine a week ago, and my ear hurts so do I go to a hospital?

My ears keep leaking wax and I still have some wax in my ear and it smells bad. I took medicine a week ago, and my ear hurts so do I go to a hospital?

See A Doctor Now: You have not included important information such as the duration of symptoms, medication taken, doctor care already received, etc. With that said, smelly earwax and pain suggest infection. Examination is needed to determine whether this is an external ear (aka swimmer's ear) vs. Middle ear infection because each is treated differently. See your doctor NOW for prompt evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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I think I have sinus infection. My ear sounds like it's clogged, I have congestion. My ear is hurting really bad and now it started to leak something?

Ear infection: Your symptoms are concerning for an associated ear infection in addition to the possible sinus infection. If fluid is coming out of the ear, it sounds as though you may have a ruptured ear drum which certainly can result from an infection. You sound as though you require antibiotics and antihistamines at the very least. I suggest seeing a medical provider Good luck ...Read more

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Doctor said I have a 1cm encephalocele and my ear grommets may prevent us from knowing if I have a CSF leak too Why would ear grommets prevent leaking?

Doctor said I have a 1cm encephalocele and my ear grommets may prevent us from knowing if I have a CSF leak too Why would ear grommets prevent leaking?

They may not: If the encephalocele encroaches the middle ear space, the tubes would drain any CSF that may be leaking and CSF leak could be determined by examination of the fluid coming through the grommet (tube). ...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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What is the definition or description of: Spinal fluid leaking from ear?

What is the definition or description of: Spinal fluid leaking from ear?

Leaking spinal fluid: Leaking spinal fluid is always a serious matter, regardless if it is coming from the ear or elsewhere. The fluid is thin a straw-colored and usually clear (unless there is an infection). The cause of the leak needs to be addressed immediately, because it is always dangerous. ...Read more