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What causes fluid drainage from the ear?

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Posted on Fri, 20 Apr 2018
Question: I have fluid draining from my ear. It turns rust color when it dries. I have all the other symptoms of an ordinary cold.
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Answered by Dr. Michelle Gibson James (17 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
ear infections can go along with cough/cold or flu

Detailed Answer:
HI, thanks for using healthcare magic

You likely have an ear infection. Ear infections can go along with the cough/cold.

The presence of the cough/cold or flu can sometimes cause an ear infection because there is a connection in these passages.

If an ear infection is confirmed by the doctor then topical (drops directly to the ear) or oral antibiotics, may be needed.

I hope this helps, feel free to ask any other questions
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Brief Answer: ear infections can go along with cough/cold or flu Detailed Answer: HI, thanks for using healthcare magic You likely have an ear infection. Ear infections can go along with the cough/cold. The presence of the cough/cold or flu can sometimes cause an ear infection because there is a connection in these passages. If an ear infection is confirmed by the doctor then topical (drops directly to the ear) or oral antibiotics, may be needed. I hope this helps, feel free to ask any other questions