Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Overview Underlying Cause Anatomy

Ear Discharge Overview

What is ear discharge?
A person with an ear discharge has fluid draining from the ear canal. Earwax, or cerumen, is the most common substance that drains from the ear canal. However, blood, pus or clear fluid may also drain from the ear canal. Common causes for an ear discharge are ear injury, cerumen impaction, otitis externa, and ear foreign body.

What are the symptoms of ear discharge?
Common symptoms that may be associated with an ear discharge include ear pain, hearing loss, ear canal swelling, and swollen lymph glands in the neck.

How does the doctor treat ear discharge?
Treatment for ear discharge depends on the underlying cause. Treatment may include ear irrigation to remove ear wax or an ear foreign body, decongestants, antibiotic ear drops, and oral antibiotics.

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