What Is Ear Discharge?

Ear discharge is any fluid that comes from the ear. It is also called otorrhea. Most of the time your ears will discharge ear wax—an oil that your body naturally produces (UMMC). Ear wax’s job is to make sure that dust, bacteria, or other foreign bodies do not get into your ear. However, other conditions—such as a ruptured eardrum—can cause blood or other fluids to drain from your ear. This is a sign that your ear has been injured or infected and requires medical attention.

What are some less common causes of this symptom?

Malignant otitis externa: a complication of swimmer’s ear that causes damage to the cartilage and bones in the base of the skull. Mastoiditis: an infection of the bone behind your ear, called the mastoid bone. Skull fracture: a break in any of the bones in the skull.

Ways to Prevent ear discharge

To avoid ear infections, try to stay away from people who are sick, Breastfeeding provides infants with protection from ear infections, since they receive their mothers antibodies in the milk.If you bottle feeds your baby, try to hold the infant in an upright position to prevent ear infections. Keep foreign objects out of your ears to avoid rupturing your eardrum.If you know you will be in an area with excessive noise, bring earplugs or muffs to protect your eardrums. You can prevent swimmer’s ear by making sure to dry your ears after being in the water.Also, try to drain out any water by turning your head to the opposite side