Ear Infection

The ear infection can affect the outer, middle, or inner ear leading to ear pain, discharge, blocked ears, tinnitus, the fullness of ears, improper hearing, etc. Recurring ear infections can lead to mild hearing loss. Antibiotic ear drops are used for their treatment. Sometimes eardrop with added local anesthesia solution might be required to relieve the pain.

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What should be done if there is viscous fluid discharge from ears?

Query: Dear doctor, I am a 19 year old male. Some type of viscous liquid comes out of my ears and when it dries up, it hardens. Please help me.  Read Full »


Dr. Suneetha B S

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Viscous fluid coming out of ears indicates a middle ear infection. It has to be attended to immediately to avoid damage to the ear. I request you to meet an ENT specialist at the earliest to prevent further damage. In the meantime, you can take tablet Levocetirizine 1...  Read Full »

What are the typical signs of cerumen impaction and ear infection?

Query: Hi doctor,How can I differentiate between a cerumen impaction and an ear infection? What are the typical signs of an ear infection and cerumen impaction? I have a feeling of fullness in the ear, muffled hearing, and the ear feels clogged. Kindly help me.  Read Full »


Dr. B Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Cerumen impaction is a tight accumulation of wax in the external auditory canal. Clinical features include: 1) Pain in the ear. 2) Hard of hearing. 3) Pressure in the ear with or without episodes of dizziness. 4) Ringing sensation in the ear. An ear infe...  Read Full »

Why is one of my ears blocked even after taking medications for my double ear infection?

Query: Hi doctor, I had a double ear infection and took a course of antibiotics. One ear remains blocked still. Is there anything else I can do? I use Flonase daily.   Read Full »


Dr. Ranjit Peter

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Based on the details that you have shared, the possibility of eustachian tube dysfunction or obstruction needs to be ruled out. Your current medications suggest that you have allergic airways as well as acid reflux. Both these clinical conditions can contribute to yo...  Read Full »

What should I do if my ear pain is getting worse?

Query: Hello doctor,I am a 37-year-old male, and my height is 5'11", and my weight is 89 kg. I have terrible ear pain and deafness. I am currently Sertraline. My ear pain has been getting worse over the past four days. What should I do?Thanks.  Read Full »


Dr. Radha P H

Answer: Hello,Welcome to icliniq.com.Your symptoms are suggestive of a middle ear infection. There is the possibility of wax in the ear canal.Is there any discharge from the ear?Do you have a cold or nasal block?Until you consult an ENT for this issue, for the time being, you can follow the precautions ment...  Read Full »

Why does my grandson have bleeding in the ear canal with earache?

Query: Hello doctor, I am traveling with my 16 year old grandson. He had an ear ache when he woke up this morning and we saw a doctor here. He prescribed Amoxicillin 500 mg thrice a day. Later, his ear felt better, but it started draining. Now, there is a small amount of bright red blood in the ear canal. ...  Read Full »


Dr. Anshul Varshney

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. He seems to be suffering from acute otitis media. Yes, you would need to see your doctor again as he would check for signs of a perforation. If no perforation is found, your doctor would add up an antibiotic and antifungal ear drops too. Make sure he does not manipul...  Read Full »

Even after undergoing eardrum repair surgery, my left ear got infected again. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I had myringoplasty done four years ago on my left ear. The surgeon, at the time, has advised me, the procedure will be done through the ear canal to repair the perforated eardrum. Three weeks after the surgery, I returned to my ENT specialist to get it checked, and upon inspection, he...  Read Full »


Dr. A K Srivastava

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. As your ear was healing well after the surgery, this indicates that there was no fault in the procedure. But unfortunately, you have again developed the foul-smelling discharge. The possibilities are: Otitis externa. Recurrence of otitis m...  Read Full »

What are the ear conditions that might require complete or partial removal of the inner and middle ear?

Query: Hello doctor, I just have a general theoretical question. This is not related to my medical history, I was just wondering in general. How much of the ear is it possible to completely remove? Both inner and outer ear. What kind of conditions requires this kind of an operation? What after effects can...  Read Full »


Dr. Shyam Kalyan N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. In a surgery called radical mastoidectomy, we remove both inner and middle ear and occlude the canal. We do it in cases of malignancies of the ear, where you cannot remove the disease as well as preserve hearing. In earlier days, radical mastoidectomy was done ...  Read Full »

Why do my neck lumps not respond to antibiotics?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 24-year-old female. I have a lump on both sides of my neck that I first noticed two months ago and still not going away even with antibiotics. I have no fever. Six months back, I had an ear infection and was prescribed antibiotics. I was also diagnosed with COVID-19 a year before....  Read Full »


Dr. Radha P H

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Lumps or lymph nodes enlargement on the neck are often met with many conditions. The most common cause is tooth decay or infection inside the oral cavity or gums. Ear infection also produces lymph node enlargement. If you have a chronic infection, then the glands will ...  Read Full »

What is the best treatment for an ear infection other than surgery?

Query: Hello doctor, My son has an ear infection since last year. The doctors said there is water in the middle ear, and because of that, he is not able to listen to low pitch voices, like if someone speaks slowly with him. I have reports and all medicines that he has used so far, and I am attaching it wi...  Read Full »


Dr. Priyanka Aggarwal

Answer: Hello,Welcome to icliniq.com.Please answer the following questions:Does the child have ear discharge?Is the infection in one or both ears?Is there any history of frequent nasal or throat infection?Follow-up with the required information, so that I can suggest you better.Revert with more information...  Read Full »

How to treat a prolonged fever in a 18-month-old child?

Query: Hello doctor, About five days ago, my 1 and half year old baby got a high fever, about 104 F. We rushed to the doctor. On examination, he said that the baby had a severe throat infection. He prescribed antibiotics and Paracetamol. Now it has been five days, and the fever is under control only when...  Read Full »


Dr. Veerabhadrudu Kuncham

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand that you are very concerned about your baby. Throat infection in children is one of the most common problems encountered. It resolves slowly sometimes, by seven to ten days even. So, it is nothing to worry about. Continue giving Paracetamol every sixth hou...  Read Full »

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