Daily Health Tips: Ear Infections


Q: How do I stop pus from the ear?

A: Thanks for writing in.

Ear infections could lead to discharge of pus from the ear:

Otitis media

Otitis media with effusion

Otitis externa (swimmer’s ear)

In otitis media, there is an infection of the middle ear and happens when an upper respiratory tract infection introduces bacteria into the ear. The infection could also be viral. Fluid builds up in the middle ear.

In otitis media with effusion, pus forms as the body tries to fight the infection. This leads to more fluid collection and this pushes against the ear drum. This pressure can build up to the extent that the ear drum ruptures, leading to drainage of pus. With this, the symptoms of pain and problems hearing, disappear and the infection clears.

Middle ear infections are common in children between the ages of 6 months and 2 years, children who…

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