A to Z: Otorrheaenparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-khAZDictionary-enHD-AR1.jpgLearn more about otorrhea, discharge from the external part of the ear.otorrhea, ear drainage, ear discharge, CSF otorrhea, cerebrospinal fluid, otitis, ear infection, otitis externa, ear pain, earache, ear ache, swimmer's ear, infected ear, CD1Ear, Nose & Throat, CD1Ophthalmology02/11/201304/10/201909/02/2019e3ff6b3c-daa7-4670-ab83-078e92195969https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-otorrhea.html/<p>Otorrhea is discharge from the external part of the <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/ears.html/">ear</a> canal.</p> <h3>More to Know</h3> <p>Ear drainage can be serous (thin and watery), sanguineous (containing blood), or purulent (full of pus). It may or may not smell foul.</p> <p>Vertigo, ear pain, <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/fever.html/">fever</a>, itching, ringing in the ear, and hearing loss are all symptoms that can accompany otorrhea.</p> <p>Many things can cause&nbsp;fluid to drain from the ear. Most commonly, it occurs with&nbsp;<a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/swimmer-ear.html/">swimmer's ear</a> or when an ear infection leads to a&nbsp;<a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-eardrum.html/">perforated eardrum</a> (with or without <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/otitis-media.html/">middle ear infection</a>). 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&nbsp;more serious and can be life threatening.</p> <h3>Keep in Mind</h3> <p>Because ear discharge has many origins, it's important to see a doctor to identify the cause so that it can be properly treated.</p> <p><em>All A to Z dictionary entries are regularly reviewed by KidsHealth medical experts.</em></p>
A to Z: Otalgia (Ear Pain)Learn about otalgia, more commonly known as ear pain or earache.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-otalgia.html/2b8c30d7-8555-4105-b7ca-702745d6a875
A to Z: Otitis Media (Ear Infection)Learn more about otitis media, an infection of the middle ear.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-otitis-media.html/e1a265ed-3725-402f-993b-434c447e18ae
Ear InjuriesEar 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.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/ear-injuries.html/6fc83c4f-3990-4df7-8894-4bc49079f617
Eardrum InjuriesA "popped" eardrum is more than just painful - it can sometimes lead to hearing loss. Learn about ruptured eardrums and how to prevent them.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/eardrums.html/e40e1551-dc7a-461d-b6ef-94c5c366a477
EarsHearing may be the ears' main job, but it's not all they do. Learn all about the ears in this Body Basics article.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/ears.html/40f0c600-fea3-4ef8-b1cd-dabddd2e014a
Middle Ear Infections (Otitis Media)Ear infections are common among kids and, often, painful. Find out what causes them and how they're treated.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/otitis-media.html/e9397262-2aa6-4c43-b09e-1ce26c2ae7da
Swimmer's EarYou swam! You splashed! And now you have it: swimmer's ear.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/swimmers-ear.html/7b0baae5-7667-4ef4-a45c-f759da0d0885
Swimmer's Ear (External Otitis)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.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/swimmers-ear.html/e85e0f78-f168-471d-a08a-650ff72eb191
Swimmer's Ear (Otitis Externa)Swimmer's ear is an infection of the ear canal caused by many types of bacteria or fungi. Find out how to prevent it.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/swimmer-ear.html/da79a667-8579-45a4-bb16-268bfd4c4005
What Is an Ear Infection?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.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/ear-infection.html/86a8006f-2941-43ac-b7fa-3ff5dba7527c