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What can cause greenish discharge in the ear?

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Posted on Wed, 22 Aug 2018
Question: What does it mean when I have green jell in my right ear. Went to clean with a tip this morning and covered with with green good substance
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Answered by Dr. Michelle Gibson James (34 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Usually indicates the presence of an infection.

Detailed Answer:

Hello,

I have reviewed your query and here is my advice.

Unless there is a previous history of inserting a substance into the ear, it usually implies that there is an infection present.

Infections of the ear can be bacterial or fungal with bacterial infections being more common.

Some persons have excess wax production (some wax is good because it actually stops bacteria), which may need softening then removal when it comes to the outer ear. Other than that cleaning of the very outer ear, objects , including q tips, are not to be typically used.

They can introduce bacteria, remove all of the wax stopping bacteria or damage the ear.

It would be best, if possible, to see your doctor so that your ear can be examined. You may need a prescription of medication to help clear up the infection, if this is confirmed.

There are a lot of good antibiotics or anti fungal so the infection would resolve.

I hope this helps, feel free to ask any other questions.

Regards.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Michelle Gibson James (14 minutes later)
Any chance it is related to a root canal I had done on my tooth?
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Answered by Dr. Michelle Gibson James (57 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
May cause pain in the ear but would not cause a discharge.

Detailed Answer:

Hello,

The root canal may cause pain in the ear area but should not cause a discharge in the ear.

Take care.

Dr. Michelle Gibson James, General & Family Physician
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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What can cause greenish discharge in the ear?

Brief Answer: Usually indicates the presence of an infection. Detailed Answer: Hello, I have reviewed your query and here is my advice. Unless there is a previous history of inserting a substance into the ear, it usually implies that there is an infection present. Infections of the ear can be bacterial or fungal with bacterial infections being more common. Some persons have excess wax production (some wax is good because it actually stops bacteria), which may need softening then removal when it comes to the outer ear. Other than that cleaning of the very outer ear, objects , including q tips, are not to be typically used. They can introduce bacteria, remove all of the wax stopping bacteria or damage the ear. It would be best, if possible, to see your doctor so that your ear can be examined. You may need a prescription of medication to help clear up the infection, if this is confirmed. There are a lot of good antibiotics or anti fungal so the infection would resolve. I hope this helps, feel free to ask any other questions. Regards.