Ear discharge is defined as any fluid coming from the ear. It’s also called otorrhea. Earwax is a normal discharge made from oil, naturally produced in the ear.
But sometimes, blood or other fluids can enter the ear, such as through a ruptured eardrum. This is why ear discharge symptoms should never be ignored. They could be a sign of a treatable infection or a symptom of more serious trauma.
WHAT CAUSES EAR DISCHARGE?
Ear discharge can be caused due to:-
1. Eardrum perforation – due to:-
- Foreign object in the ear canal
- Injury from a blow to the head, foreign object, very loud noises, or sudden pressure changes (such as in airplanes)
- Inserting cotton-tipped swabs or other small objects into the ear
- Middle ear infection
2. Fungal infection
3. Upper Respiratory Infection
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF YOUR EAR DISCHARGE?
- White, yellowish, or grey discharge
- Foul-smelling discharge
- Painful at times
- Decreased hearing
- Fever if due to infection
WHAT IS THE TREATMENT FOR EAR DISCHARGE?
- Ear drops: Commonly prescribed to reduce inflammation and swelling seen in cases of trauma and infections.
- Antibiotics: Prescribed to prevent widespread infections.
- Surgery: a Treatment option for patients with a damaged eardrum due to trauma.