Get your Health question answered in 3 easy steps
A Doctor will be with you shortly
Ask a Doctor Now
166 Doctors are Online

Yellowish discharge from ears, ear infection - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
User rating for this question
Good Posted in: Ear, Nose and Throat Problems
Answered by

General & Family Physician
Practicing since : 2005
Answered : 2408 Questions
User :   Hi
Doctor :   Hi
User :   Good evening doctor
User :   i have a query regarding the problemn i have facing with my ears
User :   its been some time that i have been getting a yellow colour sustance from my ears
Doctor :   Ok
User :   sometime it smell very bad, i had been to the doctor he had given some drop
Doctor :   Ok
User :   and sometime it does not substance is not there but on stopping the drop it occur again
User :   is this any permanent solution to this problemn
Doctor :   Since when are you facing this problem?
User :   it been almost 2 years i guess
User :   but off lately i have worried about it
Doctor :   Are you getting this every day?
User :   no
User :   not daily sometime but the ear is moist
User :   but i put the finger in the eyes there is a sticky substance felt
Doctor :   Ok
User :   is there some serious problemn i was taking it very lightly but now it bother me more
Doctor :   Do you notice other symptoms such as burning, redness, excessive watering, itching associated with this problem?
User :   My mom told me that i had a problem during my childhood but with medicine it had stopped
User :   no none of the symptoms
User :   mentioned above
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Let me explain to you.
User :   once when i was cleaning the ears with a bud i had hurt my ears i guess that time had seen little blood
Doctor :   This infection can be induced by various factors
Doctor :   The yellow sticky substance that you are noticing are these.
Doctor :   If the problem is with ears, I would want to elaborate it a little more.
User :   yes please
Doctor :   How severe are these secretions?
Doctor :   I mean the quantity of secretions that you have each time?
User :   its a yellow substance it smell bad actually
User :   it usually there in the ears i can feel the moist if i put the finger in the ears
User :   in the ears
User :   is a liquid fluid i thought it becuase the water is going in the ears
Doctor :   You have mentioned - it usually there in the ears i can feel the moist if i put the finger in the ears
User :   or something like that it remain and then it smell bad
User :   ears
Doctor :   Do you mean it is usually there in the ears and you feel the moistness if you put your finger in the ear?
User :   yes
Doctor :   Do you suffer from ear pain?
User :   i dont have any sort of ear pain
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Do you have any difficulty with hearing?
User :   no
Doctor :   Ok
User :   i can hear problemn
User :   no problemn with my ears
Doctor :   Do you get them in both ears or only one ear?
User :   only one ear
User :   in the left ear
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Are you able to hear clearly when holding a phone on the left ear when compared to listening from the right ear?
User :   yes
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   May I know your age?
Doctor :   Do you have history of diabetes?
User :   i usualy hold the phone on the left ear
Doctor :   Ok
User :   no i dont have diabetes
Doctor :   Let me explain to you.
User :   25 years
Doctor :   Yellow secretions, just like I mentioned in the eyes is again a sign of infection.
User :   In the childhood i had a problemn but with some medicine and drop given my doctor it had stopped
User :   but now facing the problemn again may be 2 year or more
Doctor :   To make you understand, I would like to give briefly explain about the parts of the ear.
Doctor :   Ear is divided into 3 parts
User :   okay
Doctor :   1. External ear - the part infront of the ear drum
Doctor :   2. Middle ear - the part behind the ear drum
Doctor :   3. Inner ear - the part that contains the ossicles and nerves.
User :   okay
Doctor :   From your description, it seems that you could be having an infection in either the external or middle ear.
Doctor :   Since you do not have any other associated symptoms,
User :   may be
Doctor :   this infection is more likely located in the external ear.
User :   yes i dont have any other symptoms
User :   is this some kind of serious problemn
Doctor :   This condition is described medically as Otitis externa
User :   okay
Doctor :   The severity of the condition can be determined only after a swab/culture tests of the secretions
Doctor :   and ruling out diabetes.
Doctor :   Hence if you are having copious yellow secretions, you will need to get the swab tests done on the secretions.
User :   u mean to say this kind of problemn is associated to diabetes
Doctor :   Diabetes makes this condition more common and more severe.
User :   okay
User :   but it not diabetes right
Doctor :   There are few factors that could be inducing the symptoms
Doctor :   the most common factors responsible for starting the infection is
User :   okay
Doctor :   applying foreign body into the ear.
User :   ok
Doctor :   So if you are one who uses ear buds or ear probing agents frequently
Doctor :   you are at high risk to develop infections
Doctor :   and thus the secretions.
User :   ok
User :   what if we put coconut oil in the ears
Doctor :   You will have to stop probing the ear either with ear buds or with any other instruments.
User :   its again causes infection
Doctor :   It is advisable to keep the ear clean and moist when you have the secretions.
Doctor :   Secretions most often will settle with ear drops suggested by your doctor.
User :   okay to keep clean ear buds is required right
User :   okay ic
User :   which doctor should i see then
User :   a ENT doctor
Doctor :   Do not induce any ear buds.
User :   okay
Doctor :   Use the ear drops given to you by an ENT surgeon,
Doctor :   Keep the ear clean and moist, do not apply water or oil.
User :   will do
Doctor :   Avoid probing even with ear buds
User :   will do
Doctor :   Lastly watch out for diabetes by checking your blood sugar frequently.
User :   any you suggest some good ent surgeon in mumbai
Doctor :   These above suggestions will prevent serious complications from happening.
User :   mean i have to get my blood test done to check if i have diabetes
Doctor :   If you are getting the secretions very frequently even after you stop probing ear,
Doctor :   then you will need to get your sugar checked.
User :   okay
Doctor :   Hope it is clear to you.
User :   first i have to meet up with a ENT surgeon
Doctor :   An ear check up will help us in determining how severe the infection is.
User :   okay
Doctor :   They will also guide you if tests are needed.
Doctor :   And finally will prescribe you with a good antibiotic ear drops.
Doctor :   Do you follow?
User :   can you help me out with the any ENT surgeon doctor
User :   yes i have followed
Doctor :   May I know your location?
User :   and moreover as a precautions i have to keep myself away from sugar and sweet things right
User :   Mumbai
Doctor :   High calorie diet can be restricted, but completely avoided if blood sugars are high.
User :   will do
User :   nice chatting with you
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me.
Doctor :   Have a nice evening!!
Doctor :   Bye for now.
User :   thank you have a nice evening
User :   bye
User :   take care
Question is related to
Diseases and Conditions
© Ebix, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All the information, content and live chat provided on the site is intended to be for informational purposes only, and not a substitute for professional or medical advice. You should always speak with your doctor before you follow anything that you read on this website. Any health question asked on this site will be visible to the people who browse this site. Hence, the user assumes the responsibility not to divulge any personally identifiable information in the question. Use of this site is subject to our Terms & Conditions
Already Rated.
Your rating:

Ask a Doctor