Earwax is a light to dark brown or orange discharge that does not
have an unpleasant or foul odor. It is normal for earwax to drain from the ear,
and it can sometimes look like fluid draining from the ear. Draining earwax
usually is not painful.
After bathing, swimming, or inserting drops into the ear, fluid may
drain from the ear. This is also normal.
Swimmer's ear is usually not a dangerous condition and often clears up within a few days after starting treatment. However, if untreated, it can become extremely and surprisingly painful. In rare cases, especially in diabetes patients or anyone with problems with their immune system, the infection may be more difficult to treat and can spread and damage underlying bones and cartilage, requiring hospitalization.
Your doctor may gently clean your ear with a cotton-tipped probe or a suction device...
Mild ear pain can mean a variety of minor ear problems that
usually are not a cause for concern. Moderate to severe ear pain is more
significant when other
symptoms of an ear infection are also present. Do not
try to remove earwax if you have moderate to severe ear pain or
Primary Medical Reviewer
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
January 9, 2012
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
January 09, 2012
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