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What is ear drainage or discharge?

What is ear drainage or discharge?

Ear discharge (otorrhea) is drainage from the ear. The drainage may be watery, bloody, or thick and whitish, like pus (purulent). Depending on the cause of the discharge, people may also have ear pain, fever, itching, vertigo, ringing in the ear (tinnitus), and/or hearing loss.

Why do I have a lot of discharge in my ear?

Ears. While some ear discharge is normal for a healthy, functioning ear, an abundance of clear fluid leaking from the ear can be caused from thin cerumen, a ruptured eardrum, a signal of an underlying ear infection, or a skin condition within the ear canal. The most common cause of watery discharge from the ear is Swimmer’s ear.

What does it mean when you have fluid in your ear?

If you’re going about your day, and suddenly feel a liquid, wet, or dripping sensation from your ear, it is likely ear discharge. Ear discharge, also called otorrhea, is any fluid coming from the ear. Earwax is a normal discharge made from an oil naturally produced in the ear and ensures that dust and bacteria don’t enter the ear canal.

What are the different types of ear discharge?

There are different types of ear discharge that can often be identified by the color, viscosity (fluid ‘thickness’) and odor. Broadly, ear discharge could be characterized as serous discharge that is clear and thin which may be the tissue fluid, bloody discharge or purulent discharge due to infection, which may vary from yellow to brown.

What causes white fluid in the ear canal?

While white yellow earwax is an expected and healthy ear discharge, abnormal discharge colors can be caused by an ear infection affecting the ear canal, or a ruptured eardrum. Read below on major categories of causes and conditions you should be aware of.

What causes fluid in the ear?

Fluid in the ear is the result of swelling or blockage of the Eustachian tube. The tube drains fluids by allowing air pressure to force the liquid substances to the back of the throat. Allergies, common colds, viral infections, and blunt force to the ear all can cause the Eustachian tube to swell and inhibit the draining of fluids.

What is clear fluid in your ear?

Fluid can remain in your ears after swimming or after a cold or an ear infection. Most of the time, ear fluid will drain out on its own–but in some cases, the fluid will stay in your ear and cause pain or hearing loss. Various home remedies can clear fluid from your ear, but a doctor should be consulted if you experience ear pain.

What is the fluid behind the eardrum?

Fluid behind the eardrum is called serous otitis media. It can create pain and hearing difficulty similar to a middle ear infection. The eardrum can rupture (break) in severe cases of ear barotrauma, causing bleeding or leaking of fluid from the ear. A ruptured eardrum can result in hearing loss.

What causes watery ear wax?

There are one of two reasons why your earwax appears green and watery. First, if you’ve been sweating for any reason (e.g. exercise), it’s natural for the perspiration to make its way into the ear canal and mix with the wax, resulting in a watery, green discharge.