Get your health question answered instantly from our pool of 18000+ doctors from over 80 specialties
169 Doctors Online

By proceeding, I accept the Terms and Conditions

Dr. Andrew Rynne
Dr. Andrew Rynne

Family Physician

Exp 50 years

HCM Blog Instant Access to Doctors
HCM BlogQuestions Answered
HCM Blog Satisfaction

Itching, pain and fluid discharge from the ear. Popping in the ear. Could this be due to the ear drum damage?

I have constant clear liquid coming out of my ear. There is so much it is dripping down my neck . I have itching and slight pain. Last night I had a lot of popping in the ear and I could hear liquid swishing around in there. Today it sounds like everything is under water. I have been using ear plugs to sleep at night because my husband snores. Did I puncture my ear drum? What is all the clear liquid, which btw does not smell.
Tue, 22 Jan 2013
Report Abuse
Question is related to
Diseases and Conditions ,   ,  
ENT Specialist 's  Response

Welcome to HealthcareMagic forum

It is very difficult to pin point the exact problem unless the ear is examined thoroughly. The clear fluid could be due to either otitis externa (inflammation of the external ear) or otitis media (inflammation of the middle ear). The fluid has to be cleaned by your doctor in order to visualize the canal and the ear drum.

Avoid using ear plugs and water into the ear. Do not attempt to clean the ear by yourself. I doubt any perforation of the ear drum which could be secondary to usage of the ear plugs.

I wish you good health

I find this answer helpful
General & Family Physician Dr. Shoaib Khan's  Response
Hello and welcome,

Thanks for your query.

Let me first talk about the popping sound that you describe. If a person experiences only a popping sound and fullness of the ear, causing slight reduction of hearing, this is most commonly because of wax in the ear accumulating in a slight excess or more. A visit to the Ear, Nose, THROAT (ENT) specialist's office would do you well, as the doctor will clean your ear and remove all the excess wax. Itchiness is also commonly seen with such a condition.

But, as in your case you also mention the presence of pain and itchiness, there is a possibility of an infection. Although the pain would be your primary concern in case of an infection, as it would be much more.

Either way, I think it is best for you to visit an ENT specialist so he/she can visualize your internal ear, as make sure of the diagnosis. If there are no signs of an infection, the doctor can clean your ear and rid you of your symptoms as well.

I hope I have succeeded in answering your questions, you could write back to us anytime for further clarifications.

Best wishes.
I find this answer helpful

1 Doctor agrees with this answer

Disclaimer: These answers are for your information only and not intended to replace your relationship with your treating physician.
This is a short, free answer. For a more detailed, immediate answer, try our premium service [Sample answer]
Share on

Related questions you may be interested in

doctor1 MD

A week ago I went in a walk in clinic to see a doctor about my ear pain I had for several days and not getting better. After she looked in my ear,...

Recent questions on  Otitis

doctor1 MD

baby has had bad ear infections - doctor gave ear drops and antibiotics. Drainage started upon use of ear drops. Infection seems to be gone, baby...

doctor1 MD

My grand daughter today was walking and her leg kept giving out. She has a middle ear infection and was given antibiotics. What could this be from?...

doctor1 MD

I noticed two days ago I had a bump on my ear drum. when I touch my ears or around my cheek area that s really close to my ear it hurts really bad....

doctor1 MD

In the last days i have had swollen glands and white patches in my mouth sore rt ear so i went to urgent care.. i have an inner ear cannel...

doctor1 MD

I have an ear infection ( otitis external) I was put on pain meds ibuprofen 800mg and an antibiotic, ciprofloxacin , but I cannot sleep is there...

doctor1 MD

Sir, this is to inform that I have been operated my both ears and had been inserted grommet in the month of march 2017 following cold and cough and...

doctor1 MD

Do you think there fluid in this ear going by the attached photo