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If a young child is put on medication for an ear infection, is it normal for the ear to drain mucus?

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Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
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In brief: Possibly

If the ear drum has ruptured from the ear infection - which is not uncommon.
. Then yes you would see drainage from the ear. If there is a rupture (typically very small - pinpoint), it will heal within a week. The medication (i presume an antibiotic) did not cause the drainage.

In brief: Possibly

If the ear drum has ruptured from the ear infection - which is not uncommon.
. Then yes you would see drainage from the ear. If there is a rupture (typically very small - pinpoint), it will heal within a week. The medication (i presume an antibiotic) did not cause the drainage.
Dr. Patrick Melder
Dr. Patrick Melder
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In brief: Ruptured ear drum

An ear draining mucus suggests a ruptured eardrum/perforation.
Contrary to what you might think, this is not a bad thing. The pain associated with the ear infection usually goes away, and the draining pus can also speed the resolution of the infection, they close spontaneously. The doctor will usually add antibiotic ear drops and will want to reexamine the ears, and confirm the hole closes.

In brief: Ruptured ear drum

An ear draining mucus suggests a ruptured eardrum/perforation.
Contrary to what you might think, this is not a bad thing. The pain associated with the ear infection usually goes away, and the draining pus can also speed the resolution of the infection, they close spontaneously. The doctor will usually add antibiotic ear drops and will want to reexamine the ears, and confirm the hole closes.
Dr. Ronda Dennis-Smithart
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Dr. Anna Meyer
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery - Pediatric
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In brief: perforation

If fluid is coming out of the ear canal, this usually means that the ear drum has perforated from the ear infection.
This does not mean the infection is necessarily more serious and the perforation heals very quickly. If your child is not better in 48 hours after starting antibiotics, you should return to the pediatrician for re-evaluation.

In brief: perforation

If fluid is coming out of the ear canal, this usually means that the ear drum has perforated from the ear infection.
This does not mean the infection is necessarily more serious and the perforation heals very quickly. If your child is not better in 48 hours after starting antibiotics, you should return to the pediatrician for re-evaluation.
Dr. Anna Meyer
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