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Ear infection, pus, foul odor, crust build up behind ear, red rash. Cause of concern?

I started gauging my ears in January. I recently (about 2 or 3 weeks ago) gauged my ears up from a 4 to a 2. For the past week and a half, they have been leaking a light yellowish fluid and it smells horrible. It doesn t leak enough to drip off of my ear, but after about an hour there is a lot of crust built up on the back of my ear. When I cleaned the crust off yesterday, I noticed a light red rash aroun the outside of my gauge. Should I be concerned or no?
Asked On : Sun, 29 Jul 2012
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It seems from the history that you are having pus discharge from ear with crusting.
These symptoms indicate middle ear infection in the form of otitis media. Since the discharge is yellowish and foul smelling indicating it is suppurative infection.
Hence this requires immediate treatment with systemic and local antibiotics to prevent complications like perforation of ear drum and intra cranial extension of infection.

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