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Noticed a white flaky substance from ear due to ruptured ear drum

My wife has severe pain in the side of her face and a white flaky substance around the perimeter of her ear canal. The doctor said it was a ruptured ear drum, but I don t think that is the case. The white stuff in her ear almost looks like dried soap. What do you think?
Tue, 13 Oct 2015
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Hello dear,

Relax. Ear drum never comes out of ear .

It seems you are afraid of your doctors words. Let me try to help you out from this situation.

White flakes from a painful ear usually due to a infected foreign body or debris coming from a fungal infection. In an unusual situation it may be due to a disease called Cholesteatoma which is a somewhat not good condition of ear, but this takes months to develop and associated with foul smelling scanty discharge from the ear.

In your situation I would visit a ENT specialist for a proper examination of the ear before taking any medications.

I hope my answer cleared your agony. Please fell free to clear any further doubts regarding this situation.

Thanks for the way you are in my life.

Dr Ipsit

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