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Does Ear Discharge Bother You?

Ear-Infections

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
  • Swelling
  • 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.