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Yellowish discharge from ears, ear infection - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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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
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