Watery Ear Discharge

Watery ear discharge can be the discharge of trapped water during bathing or swimming. This trapped water, if not removed immediately, can lead to an ear infection which is also known as swimmer's ears. To remove them effectively, a hairdryer held at a distance can be used. If watery ear discharge follows a head injury, it might be cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leakage through the ear termed as CSF otorrhea. Immediate medical attention must be sought.

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Are ear drops sufficient to heal pus discharge from the ear?

Query: Hi doctor,I wanted to ask if it is safe to use ear drops when pus is coming out of the ear. And I wanted to ask if it is normal for ear drops to cause dryness and flakes in the ear. Kindly give your opinion.  Read Full »


Dr. B Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. There is nothing that you need to be worried about as this is a very common entity that we come across and is treatable. You have probably developed an acute infection of the eardrum, and that is why there is discharge. You can consider the following treatment ad...  Read Full »

Does a perforated eardrum need surgery?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 23-years-old male, with a height of 5'7", and my weight is 50 kg. I have an infection in my right ear. A discharge keeps on coming out. It first happen during childhood. It used to happened during the winter alone and lasts for two to three weeks. I use earphones a lot. But it ...  Read Full »


Dr. B Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thanks for the briefing regarding the problem in concern. Eardrum perforation causing intermittent ear discharge is a frustrating problem and has to be treated systematically. Most importantly, it is necessary to treat the triggering factors to the ear disch...  Read Full »

How to treat my respiratory tract infection presenting with an ear infection and perforated eardrum?

Query: Hi doctor, I was recently diagnosed with ear infection and a perforated eardrum. Initially, I was diagnosed with a viral respiratory infection and followed by ear infection in a two days. I have been taking antibiotics for three days now. I have a lot of fluid continuing to seep from my ear. How lon...  Read Full »


Dr. Shyam Kalyan N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. It appears with your history that you are suffering from an upper respiratory tract infection that has complicated into an ear infection. Usually, once the antibiotic course starts, the problem should resolve within three to four days and completely by five to sev...  Read Full »

Why do I have white, foul-smelling ear discharge since childhood?

Query: Hi doctor,I have an ear discharge from childhood. I have a white liquid coming out often with a bad smell. I cannot hear clearly. It is present in my left ear. Sometimes, I have itchiness. Please help.  Read Full »


Dr. B Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. You have an ear discharge with a foul smell from childhood. You need to do HRCT (high resolution computed tomography) of the temporal bone to rule out cholesteatoma. For now, you can take the following treatment. You can take a tablet containing Ciplox 500 mg (Ciproflox...  Read Full »

How to treat yellowish ear discharge in a 10-month-old baby?

Query: Hello doctor, My 10 months old baby is crying continuously without sleeping. She is not drinking milk and is so irritated. When we checked her ear, we notice yellowish liquid crystals in the right ear. How to treat her? Please help me.   Read Full »


Dr. Oliver Chiapco

Answer: Hello, Welcome back to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern. It is possible that your baby could be suffering from an ear infection. The yellowish-brownish discharge collection in her right ear could mean that her eardrum had ruptured and fluid or pus is flowing out and collecting in the e...  Read Full »

Is my ear infection due to over masturbation?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 29 year old male. I have tinnitus for the last two weeks. I am taking tablets, but there is no improvement. I do not know the cause. The doctor, whom I visited, said that my nose hole is rooted in such a way that my ear gets infection like that. Also, my ear has pus inside. I think...  Read Full »


Dr. A K Srivastava

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. Here, I would like to say that masturbation is not related to your ear problem. Probably, you are having otorrhea (ear discharge) with hearing loss and tinnitus. You are advised to take ear drop containing antibiotic, antifungal and steroids alo...  Read Full »

What is the cause of my ear pain and discharge?

Query: My ear is hurting and always wet when i clean it with cotton buds. I felt my ear is hurting specifically if i move my jaw also i feel it a bit swollen and has a water inside.   Read Full »


Dr. Radhika Shukla

Answer: Hello, ear infection can be of the outer ear (otitis externa) or the middle ear (otitis media). Otitis media involves having a ruptured ear drum. The best way to confirm if you have a ruptured eardrum or not is to put your drops in your ear and see if you can feel them in your throat. if you can ...  Read Full »

Why do I get a painful swollen ear after cleaning the discharge from it?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 27-year-old female. I have a swollen and painful right ear. My ear started to itch with discharge liquid two days ago, and after I tried to clean it with a cotton bud, it immediately got swollen. Please help. I am currently taking Divalproex, Sertraline, and Clonazepam for my ...  Read Full »


Dr. Sandeep Shrestha

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. With regard to your concern, as you had ear discharge, the most probable cause was otitis media. When you used earbud, it might have caused minor trauma to the external auditory canal leading to swelling. Treatment: 1) Take tablet Ampicillin 250 mg + Cloxacill...  Read Full »

Will Augmentin help in smelly ear discharge due to CSOM?

Query: Hello doctor, I have ear discharge for the past two weeks with thick and bad smell pus. I have operated CSOM (chronic suppurative otitis media) of the right ear four years ago. I feel occasional discharge and go to hospitals, but due to COVID-19, I did not go for the past six months. I am using C...  Read Full »


Dr. B Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thanks for providing a detailed description of the problem in concern. You have developed an acute infection of the eardrum, and that is why there is severe discharge. You can consider the following treatment advice. Take a tablet containing a combination of Cefpodoxi...  Read Full »

I get yellow discharge from one of my ears with a weird sound. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, There is a fluid coming out on my left ear two days ago. I can clearly hear then and now the fluid is already yellowish but no odor. My ear feels very stuffy and I hear a weird sound. It becomes very itchy and sometimes it hurts. It was my habit to use cotton buds almost every day.  Read Full »


Dr. Nagaraj Patil

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. It looks like you have developed an infection as the fluid is yellowish now. I assume the layer in your ear which is called the tympanic membrane that seperates the outer ear from the middle ear might have ruptured. Usage of earbuds mostly is the reason. It requires urg...  Read Full »

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