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Do ear infections cause a smell in ears?

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Dr. Anifat Balogun
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
3 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Anifat Balogun
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Dr. Bac Nguyen
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes, swimmer's ear

External ear infection, commonly called swimmer's ear, can produce an odor. Also, if the inner ear infection causes a rupture of the drum and drainage comes to the external canal etc.
..This can cause odor as well. At times, foreign body such as qtip left in there for awhile can do that as well. If you have concerns, please consult doc... Good luck.

In brief: Yes, swimmer's ear

External ear infection, commonly called swimmer's ear, can produce an odor. Also, if the inner ear infection causes a rupture of the drum and drainage comes to the external canal etc.
..This can cause odor as well. At times, foreign body such as qtip left in there for awhile can do that as well. If you have concerns, please consult doc... Good luck.
Dr. Bac Nguyen
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Dr. David Kam
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

Ear infection that leads to discharge (pus) has a foul odor! see a doctor for diagnosis and treatment.

In brief: Yes

Ear infection that leads to discharge (pus) has a foul odor! see a doctor for diagnosis and treatment.
Dr. David Kam
Dr. David Kam
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