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Otorrhea is discharge from the external part of the ear canal.
Ear drainage can be serous (thin and watery), sanguineous (containing blood), or purulent (full of pus). It may or may not smell foul.
Vertigo, ear pain, fever, itching, ringing in the ear, and hearing loss are all symptoms that can accompany otorrhea.
Many things can cause fluid to drain from the ear. Most commonly, it occurs with swimmer’s ear or when an ear infection leads to a perforated eardrum (with or without middle ear infection). Head injury can cause leaking of cerebrospinal fluid (the fluid that surrounds the brain and spinal cord). Head injury is a less common cause of otorrhea, but it is more serious and can be life threatening.
Because ear discharge has many origins, it’s important to see a doctor to identify the cause so that it can be properly treated.
All A to Z dictionary entries are regularly reviewed by KidsHealth medical experts.
Learn about otalgia, more commonly known as ear pain or earache.
Learn more about otitis media, an infection of the middle ear.
Ear injuries not only can affect a child’s hearing, but sense of balance too. That’s because our ears also help keep us steady on our feet.
A “popped” eardrum is more than just painful – it can sometimes lead to hearing loss. Learn about ruptured eardrums and how to prevent them.
Hearing may be the ears’ main job, but it’s not all they do. Learn all about the ears in this Body Basics article.
Ear infections are common among kids and, often, painful. Find out what causes them and how they’re treated.
You swam! You splashed! And now you have it: swimmer’s ear.
Swimmer’s ear is an infection of the ear canal that can be caused by different types of bacteria or fungi. Find out how to prevent or treat it.
A middle ear infection happens when germs like bacteria and viruses get in your middle ear and cause trouble. Read this article to find out more.
Swimmer’s ear is an infection of the ear canal caused by many types of bacteria or fungi. Find out how to prevent it.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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