Medical

Have medical questions? Ask a doctor online!

Ask a Doctor,
Get an Answer ASAP!

I awoke during the night with a somewhat sticky liquid

Customer Question
I awoke during the...

I awoke during the night with a somewhat sticky liquid coming from my left ear, and not able to hear out of it. It feels similar to having water in my ear from swimming. Don't know the color of the liquid,but it seems odorless.

Doctor's Assistant: How long have you been dealing with the ear issue? Have you had any colds or flus recently?

No

Doctor's Assistant: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?

Nothing that seems pertinent.

Submitted: 10 months ago.Category: Medical
Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Medical Question
Answered in 5 minutes by:
9/6/2017
Doctor: Dr. Arun Phophalia, Doctor replied 10 months ago
Dr. Arun Phophalia
Category: Medical
Satisfied Customers: 38,721
Experience: MBBS MS. Post doctoral fellowship in Sports Medicine. General surgeon and sports medicine specialist
Verified

Welcome to Just Answer.
Answers here are for education and information.
I will respond shortly with an answer, or further information request.

Ask Your Own Medical Question
Doctor: Dr. Arun Phophalia, Doctor replied 10 months ago

What is your age?

Did you swim in last 2-3 days?

Did you have ear pain, ear block, difficulty hearing, running nose, sinusitis in last few days?

Are you diabetic?

Ask Your Own Medical Question
Doctor: Dr. Arun Phophalia, Doctor replied 10 months ago

This can be Otitis media which is defined by the presence of infected fluid in the middle ear cavity; it must be distinguished from otitis media with effusion, which is defined by the presence of uninfected fluid in the middle ear cavity. The key to distinguishing between both is the performance of pneumatic otoscopy using appropriate tools and an adequate light source by the ENT specialist. Usually the treatment is oral antibiotic with anti-histaminics (anti allergy medications).

External otitis refers to inflammation of the external auditory canal or auricle (pinna).

Excessive cleaning or aggressive scratching of the ear canal not only removes cerumen (which is our defense of the ear canal), but can also create abrasions in the thin ear canal skin, allowing organisms to gain access to deeper tissue. In addition, part of a cotton swab may become detached or a small piece of tissue paper may be left behind in the ear canal; these remnants can partially disintegrate and fester, causing a severe skin reaction and infection. Following is the treatment;

1) Thoroughly clean the ear canal (done by doctor); with direct vision through an otoscope using a cerumen wire loop or cotton swab to gently remove debris. The ear canal may be irrigated with a 1:1 dilution of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide. THE HOME CLEANING IS NOT EFFECTIVE AND MUST NOT BE TRIED.

2) Treat inflammation and infection; ANTIBIOTIC DROPS: ciprofloxacin and ofloxacin can be prescribed by your physician.

3) Control pain; nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents, like Ibuprofen.

4) Culture in severe or recalcitrant cases; reserved for patients with severe external otitis or in recurrence.

Please feel free for your follow up questions.

I would be happy to assist you further, if you need any more information.

Thanks for using Just Answer.

Ask Your Own Medical Question
Doctor: Dr. Arun Phophalia, Doctor replied 10 months ago

Was this information helpful to you? I would be glad to answer any further questions.

It is privilege assisting you. Please let me know if you have further queries or unanswered questions.Please consider a positive 5 star rating if this interaction has been satisfactory, as this is the only way we experts are credited and compensated for the time and work. You are not charged again for giving a rating. The rating button is on the left upper side of this thread.Thank you.Wishing you all the very best in life.http://ww2.justanswer.com/help/how-do-i-rate-answer-hl
Ask Your Own Medical Question
Was this answer helpful?

How JustAnswer works

step-image
Describe your issueThe assistant will guide you
step-image
Chat 1:1 with a doctorLicensed Experts are available 24/7
step-image
100% satisfaction guaranteeGet all the answers you need
Ask Dr. Arun Phophalia Your Own Question
Dr. Arun Phophalia
Dr. Arun Phophalia
Dr. Arun Phophalia, Doctor
Category: Medical
Satisfied Customers: 38,721
38,721 Satisfied Customers
Experience: MBBS MS. Post doctoral fellowship in Sports Medicine. General surgeon and sports medicine specialist

Dr. Arun Phophalia is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

  • Ask an ExpertExperts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional AnswerVia email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction GuaranteeRate the answer you receive.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

I feel so much better today, and upon further investigation believe that there is a chance that the responses I got saved me from a serious, even life threatening situation. I am very grateful to the experts who answered me.

Susan O.USA

I can go as far as to say it could have resulted in saving my sons life and our entire family now knows what bipolar is and how to assist and understand my most wonderful son, brother and friend to all who loves him dearly. Thank you very much

Corrie MollPretoria, South Africa

I thank-you so much! It really helped to have this information and confirmation. We will watch her carefully and get her in for the examination and US right away if things do not improve. God bless you as well!

ClaudiaAlbuquerque, NM

Outstanding response time less than 6 minutes. Answered the question professionally and with a great deal of compassion.

KevinBeaverton, OR

Suggested diagnosis was what I hoped and will take this info to my doctor's appointment next week.
I feel better already! Thank you.

ElanorTracy, CA

Thank you to the Physician who answered my question today. The answer was far more informative than what I got from the Physicians I saw in person for my problem.

JulieLockesburg, AR

You have been more help than you know. I seriously don't know what my sisters situation would be today if you had not gone above and beyond just answering my questions.

John and StefanieTucson, AZ

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

Family Physician

Family Physician

Doctor

2,592 satisfied customers

Emergency Medicine and Family Practice for over 26 years

Dr. Ketch

Dr. Ketch

Board Certified Physician

76 satisfied customers

Medical Degree, Former Assistant Professor at School of Medicine at Yale University

DrRussMD

DrRussMD

Board Certified Physician

51,788 satisfied customers

Internal Medicine--practice all of internal medicine, all ages, family, health, prevention, complementary medicine, etc.

Dr. David

Dr. David

Board Certified Physician

224 satisfied customers

Treat children/young adults, former chief resident, multiple publications

Dr. D. Love

Dr. D. Love

Doctor

18,060 satisfied customers

Family Physician for 10 years; Hospital Medical Director for 10 years.

Dr Chip (M.D.)

Dr Chip (M.D.)

Doctor

16,284 satisfied customers

20 yrs. in practice, including surgery, general medicine, addiction medicine and pain.

Dr. Arun Phophalia

Dr. Arun Phophalia

Doctor

38,721 satisfied customers

MBBS MS. Post doctoral fellowship in Sports Medicine. General surgeon and sports medicine specialist

< Previous | Next >

Related Medical Questions
I have been suffering from a very watery diarrhoea for 5
Hi I have been suffering from a very watery diarrhoea for 5 nights now. It started on the Monday night going into Tuesday morning where I awoke to stomach cramps. I seem to feel better during the day … read more
Dr. Ravoof
Dr. Ravoof
Doctoral Degree
2,100 satisfied customers
I noticed that my ear appeared to be blocked with water and
I noticed that my ear appeared to be blocked with water and felt that it needed to 'pop. Over the next two days my outer ear became tender and I could hear palpitations in the ear.Last night I had fev… read more
Dr. Robert
Dr. Robert
Consultant
MBBS
3,621 satisfied customers
I apologize if this sounds ridiculous. I had a very unusual
I apologize if this sounds ridiculous. I had a very unusual thing happen today. I am a 21 year old male. I took a generic for Adderall XR today for the first time. Several hours later I decided to try… read more
Dr. D. Love
Dr. D. Love
Doctor
Doctoral Degree
18,060 satisfied customers
I have an ear issue. every night when i lie down and wake up
i have an ear issue. every night when i lie down and wake up in the morning my left ear fills up with a clear , sticky fluid. i have to finger suction every morning to clear, so i can hear. also it it… read more
Dr. Phil, MD
Dr. Phil, MD
Internal Medicine Physician
Doctoral Degree
2,827 satisfied customers
I am a 45 year old male. I have been suffering from a pain
I am a 45 year old male. I have been suffering from a pain in my left ear for many years now. It's been on and off for at least 5 years now but it is constant for a past 6 months. I feel numbness and … read more
Dr. Phil, MD
Dr. Phil, MD
Internal Medicine Physician
Doctoral Degree
2,827 satisfied customers
I went to a swimming pool 3 months ago and came out with
Hi my name is ***** ***** i went to a swimming pool 3 months ago and came out with water in my left ear, i tought it was gonna come out alone but it didnt i tried all i could to get it out. nothing ha… read more
Dr.M.D.Mazumdar
Dr.M.D.Mazumdar
Consultant Gynecologist
MBBS. MD (Obstetrics and Gynecology
3,707 satisfied customers
I am currently experiencing ringing in the ears and have
i am currently experiencing ringing in the ears and have been for the past 10 days. I have an appointment to see a ENT doctor the day after tomorrow. I have had an hearing test and my results were goo… read more
Dr. Phil, MD
Dr. Phil, MD
Internal Medicine Physician
Doctoral Degree
2,827 satisfied customers
8.43am 18 April 2012 To whom it may concern: Doctor and I
8.43am 18 April 2012 To whom it may concern: Hello, Doctor my name is***** and I chatted to you a few times in the past about the ringing in my ears. I do have a question but before I ask it I want to… read more
Dr. David
Dr. David
Radiation Oncology Attending Director
Post-Doctoral Degree
13,217 satisfied customers
I am having some severe abdominal pain on my left side and I
I am having some severe abdominal pain on my left side and I can not seem to be able to hold my water and it hurts even more so when this occurs . I took a suppository and about 45 min. a little happe… read more
Dr. B.
Dr. B.
7,795 satisfied customers
My hearing in my left ear has diminished and it feels like
My hearing in my left ear has diminished and it feels like it's plugged. I've tried earwax removal and it doesn't seem to be the problem. Below my ear lobe near my jaw is where it feels like the probl… read more
Dr SS
Dr SS
Doctoral Degree
12,327 satisfied customers
I'm a 75 yo man, and visited my ENT physician 12 days ago.
I'm a 75 yo man, and visited my ENT physician 12 days ago. In briefly examining my ears, at one point he put some instrument into each ear. My right ear felt a stab of pain...it was what I could imagi… read more
Dr. Hasan
Dr. Hasan
Consultant
Post-Doctoral Degree
3,629 satisfied customers
I am a 22 year old female. My ear had started itching, so i
Hi. I am a 22 year old female. My ear had started itching, so i was picking at it with my finger (i know, wrong) and some dried up wax came out. but now it feels like there is drainage coming from my … read more
Dr. Monica
Dr. Monica
Family Physician
M.D.
808 satisfied customers
I went swimming yesturday and when I was done swimming my
I went swimming yesturday and when I was done swimming my ear pluged up And I cant hear out of my left ear . so is there something I can do to make it open back up again so I can hear. Im in tears bec… read more
Dr. Abid
Dr. Abid
PGR (Internal Medicine)
Doctoral Degree
5,444 satisfied customers
I recently had a cold and I'm over it. But during the time
I recently had a cold and I'm over it. But during the time and continuing now my ear feels "stopped up", like there might be some mucus in my eustacian tube still. I've used Swim Ear for external trea… read more
Dr. Mark
Dr. Mark
private practice of Internal Medicine
Doctoral Degree
3,466 satisfied customers
Recently, after swimming I have a popping sensation in my
Recently, after swimming I have a popping sensation in my right ear. I persistes for a couple of days. Do i have a problem?… read more
Dr.PMT
Dr.PMT
Hospitalist
Doctoral Degree
335 satisfied customers
My three-year-old had ear tubes inserted last February. He
My three-year-old had ear tubes inserted last February. He had a cold last week. He seemed happy and was behaving normally, but one of the tubes popped out about an hour ago, coated with greenish glop… read more
Dr. RK
Dr. RK
Physician
Doctoral Degree
2,556 satisfied customers
My ear between the ear drum and the outer ear itches all the
my ear between the ear drum and the outer ear itches all the time, and now three of my children have it, and the doctors I've seen say it's nothing, but it is driving me crazy, and I feel like I have … read more
Dr. Mikey
Dr. Mikey
Physician
Doctoral Degree
267 satisfied customers
I got water in my ears from swimming last night. Since one
I got water in my ears from swimming last night. Since one of them didn't unclog when I woke up, I went to the drugstore to buy "Swim-Ear." It hasn't worked to this point, and at this moment, I've los… read more
Dr. Saha
Dr. Saha
Doctoral Degree
480 satisfied customers
Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x