Otorrhea is discharge from the external part of the ear
More to Know
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.
Keep in Mind
Because ear discharge has many origins, it's important to see a doctor to identify
the cause so that it can be properly treated.
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