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|A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P R S T U V W Y|
Ear discharges or bleeding
|Drainage from the ear; Otorrhea|
To be safe, never put anything in the ear smaller than the tip of your little finger.
Treat inflammation or infection as advised by your health care provider. Often, local treatment with ear drops is recommended.
A gentle, warm water flush using a syringe (available at the drug store) can be helpful to remove packed-down ear wax. Do not attempt to remove impacted ear wax in very young children. If black and impacted ear wax can be easily seen and retrieved in older children, do so carefully. NEVER use sharp objects to attempt to remove wax.
Seek medical help for injury from a foreign object, noises or pressure changes, head injury, or a suspected clotting or bleeding problem.
For swimmer's ear (unless the eardrum is perforated):
Putting a little mineral oil or baby oil in each ear before swimming may help prevent the problem.
|Call your health care provider if:|
|What to expect at your health care provider's office:|
|The health care provider will perform a physical examination and ask
medical history questions, such as:
The physical examination will include a detailed examination of the ears. Diagnostic tests that may be performed include a culture (and cytology or cell studies) testing of drainage.
Corticosteroid and antibiotic preparations that are placed in the ear canal may be prescribed. Oral antibiotics will usually be given if a ruptured eardrum is causing the discharge.
If a diagnosis was made by your health care provider related to ear drainage, you may want to note that diagnosis in your personal medical record.
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