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Drainage Ear

Hearing   •  Ear Pain   •  Tinnitus   •  Swollen Ear   •  Ear Drainage   •  Eustachian Tube Dysfunction

Drainage from the ear; Otorrhea is drainage of blood, ear wax, pus, or fluid from the ear. Ear wax accounts for most ear discharge. However, discharge may also be caused by minor irritation or infection. A ruptured eardrum in a child who has been complaining of ear pain is often demonstrated by a white, slightly bloody, or yellow discharge from the ear. Dry crusted material on the child's pillow is often a sign of a ruptured eardrum.

Common causes are:

• Swimmer's ear (otitis externa)
• Mastoiditis
• Injury from a blow to the head, foreign object, very loud noises, or sudden pressure changes (such as in airplanes), resulting in a ruptured or perforated eardrum
• Eczema and other skin irritations in the ear canal can cause some bleeding

Related Ear Drainage links:
Eustachian Tube Dysfunction


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