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Cause of slight bloody discharge from ear - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hi. I started getting a cold about 5 days or so ago which was followed by a cough. Right after that, my ear started to plug up and it started crackling & popping (as if I was on an airplane). Yesterday, it started to drain a clear fluid & a little blood. My doctor's office is closed today and the walk in clinic is full & wouldn't take me. My friend had this before & she said it was an eardrum problem? Can you tell me what I should be doing? I have no fever, feel pretty good except for the cough & the plugged ear. I am a female, 58 years old & caught this cold & cough thing from my daughter.
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   I am
Doctor :   Let me read your query
User :   Sure. Thanks.
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Now, such blockage it could be due to the the pressure to the middle ear tube
Doctor :   from the throat
Doctor :   which is quite common in an upper respiratory tract disturbance
Doctor :   for now, you should take just symptomatic treatment
Doctor :   for cold
Doctor :   and consult your doctor for an ear examination
Doctor :   if it is an ear drum puncture
User :   I only have been taking Nyquil at night for the cough to help me sleep.
Doctor :   then you shall feel a liquid oozing out
User :   The drainage isn't a serious thing?
Doctor :   Yes, Nyquil is fine enough
Doctor :   no, it is not a serious prolbme
Doctor :   you should not worry
Doctor :   You can wait for your doctor's appointment
User :   Thanks. If it is an eardrum problem, does the eardrum heal on it's own?
Doctor :   It does require antibiotics in that case
Doctor :   if an infection is confirmed
Doctor :   after an examination
User :   Ok...I feel a little better. So basically, the cold (or sinus, whatever it is) and the cough is probably what caused this ear thing?
Doctor :   Right
User :   Should I be taking some kind of decongestant or wouldn't that help?
Doctor :   It does help
Doctor :   like pseudoephedrine
Doctor :   NyQuil sinus does contain a decongestant
Doctor :   that is phenylephrine
User :   Ok, well, thank you very much. I was a little concerned about blood draining from my ear. YOu have put my mind at ease.
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting, bye for now
User :   Bye. Have a good day
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