Earache Accompanied By Soft, Smelly Earwax?

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Hello I am Tata. I want to ask about an ear problem that feels like clogging. Like hearing different from the other ear. When I wipe it with cotton with my fingers, when the finger comes out it hurts in the ear and the discharge is a little soft and smells bad. Is this normal or why? Please explain.

1 Answer:

Hi Tata,

Thank you for asking HealthReplies.com.

The sensation of blockage, accompanied by pain, and abnormal discharge (a lot and smells bad) in the ear can occur due to several reasons. One of the most common is otitis externa, which is inflammation of the outer ear.

You need to know, the ear consists of 3 parts, namely the outer (namely the earlobe to the outer ear canal), the middle (namely the hearing bones), and the inside (namely the labyrinth and the cochlea). Inflammation of the outer ear can occur due to the moist conditions of the ear canal, which makes it easier for microorganisms, such as fungi or bacteria, to reproduce and cause infection. Not only that, the habit of scratching the ear excessively can also trigger this inflammation. Because it is inflamed, the ear canal will feel painful and swollen, preventing sound conduction. In addition, the production of cerumen (earwax) can increase with an unpleasant odor. In some more severe cases, the patient may also experience a significant decrease in hearing function, fever, and also not feeling well.

Apart from otitis externa, your complaints may also arise due to other causes, such as otitis media (inflammation of the middle ear, usually associated with the spread of infection from the respiratory tract that is not treated properly), cerumen impact (hardening and accumulation of earwax), entry of foreign objects into ears, and so on.

How long have you had complaints like this?

If the complaint has occurred for more than 3 days, you should not let it drag on. Go directly to your doctor or ENT specialist. With direct evaluation, assisted by a special tool, namely an otoscope, doctors can generally identify any abnormalities that occur and determine the best treatment. Chances are, if it is true that the cause of your complaint is otitis media, then treatment is simply given by administering drops, drinking medication, or earwax irrigation (if necessary).

In the meantime, you should not first dig into the ear with any tools (including cotton or fingers). Keep your ears dry and do not get into any objects, including water, insects, or other objects. To deal with pain, you can take paracetamol before going to your doctor.

Hope it helps ..

dr. Nadia Nurotul Fuadah

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