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When did it occur?
When did you go to see the doctor?
I went yesterday to see the doctor. She looked in the ear,said the eardrum looked good,said is was a middle ear infection,but I'm worried about all this clear fluid.
When did you notice the liquid? Is there any pain? smell?
Noticed it Thursday evening. no pain or smell to it. Just clear liquid coming out
Did doctor prescribe any medicine?
She gave me Bactrim for 5 days,and some flonase for my nose
The clear liquid discharge can be serum.
This can come after clotting of blood.
It can come from infection or inflammation.
As the doctor has examined the ear & could not find any tear in drum, it is good.
Antibiotic would take care of the infection.
Please continue it.
IIs there any possibility this could be brain-spinal fluid? How long does this condition usually last?
It is not cerebrospinal fluid.
Cerebrospinal fluid will come if there is a fracture of the base of skull.
You would notice improvement in 2-3 days after starting antibiotic.
Full recovery may take 1 week or a little more.
My ear wont pop to let any more of the fluid out,is that normal for this condition?
Yes, it is normal.
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If the eardrum did have a minute perforation,when I pinch my nose ,and close my mouth and blow,I should feel air coming out,correct?
You may feel it. It depends on the hole, eustachean tube function etc.
Would a small perforation cause this clear fluid to come out?
And will it heal on it's own?
A small perforation usually heals on its own.
should I keep cotton in the ear to absorb the fluid,or just let it drain?
It is not necessary to keep cotton inside. You can wipe it.
There is quite a bit coming out,and it is a small nuisance,wouls a cotton ball create any further problems?
Then you can keep it but please change it frequently.
You can take an antihistamine like zyrtec.
Wll do.What do you think the q-tip did? she had said something about the attic in the ear drum was inflammed?
The tip has caused a trauma in that part of the ear drum. There can be simple trauma without perforation.
Ok, I am just so worried,Doctor,thats why I am chatting with you here. any further suggestions to help in recovery?
Please do not get worried. The treatment is ok. Please do not allow water to enter ear during taking bath.
If you have any follow up question, please do not hesitate to ask.
I will cover the ear when bathing.Thank you ,doctor,for putting my mind at ease. I had read on a couple of medical sites,that it could be cerebrospinal fluid,and got really scared.
In internet you can read many scary stories. As you understand, Q tip would not cause fracture of bone of skull base.
Cerebrospinal fluid & brain are protected by bones of the skull.
You have eased my fears doctor! Thank you so very much!!!I will recommend you to all my friends!