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Are cold and smelly runny ear wax in an infant a cause for concern?

Hi, my baby is 11 months she had a little cold about two weeks ago but recently I ve noticed runny ear wax in her ear it s not running down her neck or anything but there is a good bit of it and it s very strong smell . What could it be and does she need to be seen by doctor
Wed, 15 Jul 2015
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Dr. Hanif warmly welcomes you!

Thanks for consulting at my virtual clinic. I have carefully worked through your case, and can well realize your health worries. Being your physician, I want to assure, I will take care all of your medical concerns.

Sore throat is due to bacterial infection and through the eustachian tube that infection is spread to the ear. This way her ear got infected, and is running. Pus and wax accumulated inside the ear canal comes out and it really has a bad odour and is definitely a point of concern.

Consult an Otorhinolaryngologist for proper investigations and treatment. Prognosis of the disease is good if treated early otherwise it may damage hearing and ear drum.

Hope I answered all of your questions. In future, if you need further, detailed and quick assistance on any health issue, feel free to ask me a question by writing my name as a reference in the start of your question. I will get back to you right away. Have a wonderful time ahead.

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