Yellow Discharge From The Infected Ear?

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Illustration: Yellow Discharge From The Infected Ear?

, yesterday I went to the ENT doctor. He said both of my ears had an infection. Both of them have pus. Then I was irrigated both and applied ointment by the doctor. Because the left one was swollen, I also had a tampon placed on my right ear. And last night my left ear was healed after removing the tampon and dripping with otopain. Whereas my right ear had a yellow discharge (no tampon attached because it wasn’t swollen before). And last night I couldn’t sleep until now because my right ear hurts so badly. Yesterday’s ENT doctor only prescribed amoxilin (antibiotic), otopain (ear drops) and sumagesic (paracetamol). I guess what’s wrong with my right ear? Dropped with otopain, yellow discharge came out and it was very painful. I can’t stand the pain anymore. Please help

1 Answer:

Hi Fransiska,

Thank you for asking

There are 2 types of ear infections, namely otitis externa (infection of the outer ear) and otitis media (infection of the middle ear). If you look at the information you convey, chances are what you experience is the second one, namely otitis media.

Otitis media occurs when the area around the hearing bones becomes inflamed due to infection. This infection often spreads from the respiratory tract via the Eustachian tube. This ear infection will trigger the formation of pus-like secretions which can be yellowish or greenish in color, profuse, and give off an unpleasant odor.

In the early stages, when the eardrum is still intact, this pus can accumulate in the middle ear, causing the sufferer to feel very intense pain, not only in the ear, but can also spread to other parts of the head. Not only that, fever, nausea, vomiting, chills are also common, causing the sufferer to have difficulty sleeping, swallowing food, and carrying out daily activities.

Furthermore, this infection in the ear can slowly damage the eardrum so that it becomes torn. This tear in the eardrum allows the pus that previously accumulated in the middle ear to come out into the outer ear canal so that the pressure inside the ear will be reduced, and the pain will be reduced. However, at this stage, you will usually find a very significant decrease in hearing function. If the eardrum tear is large enough, this condition can no longer be treated conservatively, but surgery must be performed.

The pain you feel in your right ear could be part of the inflammation that results from an infection in the middle ear. Or, it could also be due to tinnitus (ringing in the ears) or the spread of infection from the middle ear to other organs around it, for example the mastoid bone (mastoiditis), the lining of the brain (meningitis), and so on.

In fact, the medicine that your doctor gave you previously contained pain relievers. You can first consume these drugs as recommended by the doctor. However, if after taking the pain medication it still doesn't get better, we recommend that you check your complaint again with an ENT specialist for further treatment.

I hope this helps.

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