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Your Pus Leaking From the Ear May Also be Known as:
Ear pus
Pus leaking from ear

Top 4 Pus Leaking From the Ear Causes

  1. 1.Swimmer's Ear (Otitis Externa)

    Swimmer's ear, also known as otitis externa, is inflammation, irritation, or infection of the outer ear and ear canal.

    You should go to your primary care doctor in the next day or so. There, diagnosis can be confirmed by observation. Treatment with antibiotic drops will be started.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    fever, ear canal pain, ear fullness/pressure, jaw pain, ear pain that gets worse when moving
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  2. 2.Chronic Ear Infection (Suppurative Otitis Media)

    Chronic Suppurative Otitis Media is persistent drainage from the middle ear due to a damaged membrane. It is considered chronic when it lasts for more than 6 weeks.

    You should visit your primary care physician, who may suggest topical therapy or systemic therapy. Topical antibiotics are the first line of treatment for most patients.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    hearing loss in one ear, ear canal pain, pus leaking from the ear
    Symptoms that always occur with chronic ear infection (suppurative otitis media):
    pus leaking from the ear
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

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  3. 3.Foreign Body in External Ear

    An ear foreign body is anything that gets stuck in the ear canal other than earwax. This may include food, toy pieces, beads, buttons, disk batteries, cotton swab, paper, or insects. Foreign bodies are usually trapped in the outer ear canal.

    You should visit your primary care physician within the next 24 hours to have the foreign object removed. This is not a medical emergency requiring a visit to the ER, but the procedure should be performed by a medical professional to avoid damage to the eardrum. It is important to remove the object in a timely manner, however, to prevent discomfort and the possibility of an infection.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    ear discharge, ear fullness/pressure, bleeding from the ear, pus leaking from the ear, pain in one ear canal
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  4. 4.Cholesteatoma (a Non - Cancerous Growth in the Ear)

    Cholesteatoma is a type of skin cyst that is located in the middle ear and mastoid bone in the skull. It can be a birth defect though more commonly occurs as a complication of chronic ear infection.

    You should visit your primary care physician to confirm the diagnosis and discuss surgery to remove the cyst.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    ringing in the ears, ear fullness/pressure, hearing loss in one ear, vertigo (extreme dizziness), ear discharge
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Pus Leaking From the Ear

  • Q.Has your ear discharge been getting better or worse?
  • Q.How long has your ear discharge been going on?
  • Q.How much discharge is coming out of your ear?
  • Q.Is your ear discharge constant or come-and-go?

If you've answered yes to one or more of these questions, check our pus leaking from the ear symptom checker.

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Pus Leaking From the Ear Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced pus leaking from the ear have also experienced:

    • 13% Ear Canal Pain
    • 13% Pain Behind the Ear
    • 10% Outer Ear Pain
  • People who have experienced pus leaking from the ear had symptoms persist for:

    • 76% Less Than a Day
    • 9% Less Than a Week
    • 6% Over a Month
  • People who have experienced pus leaking from the ear were most often matched with:

    • 15% Swimmer's Ear (Otitis Externa)
    • 15% Foreign Body in External Ear
    • 10% Chronic Ear Infection (Suppurative Otitis Media)

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