Our bodies are complex systems built upon complex systems. Bits and pieces that work together so that we can live and function as we know it. One of these many interesting pieces is the ear, and one of its functions is ear drainage.
You may be wondering why your ear would drain and is it normal to have ear drainage? There are many reasons for it, some everyday occurrences and others requiring help from an ear nose and throat professional.
Types of ear drainage
While it’s probably not a topic you throw around at the dinner table, ear drainage is something that almost everyone experiences in one form or another. There are four main kinds of ear drainage:
Whatever your ear drainage, it’s essential to listen to signs and symptoms and get help as needed to protect your hearing health.
What to do about ear drainage
If you are experiencing ear drainage and believe that it’s more than just ear wax or a little water, schedule an appointment with your ear, nose and throat doctor to determine the cause and best treatment options.
During your appointment, your specialist may use specialized tools such as an otoscope to take a closer look inside your ear to see what’s happening. Once they understand the cause, they may prescribe antibiotics, recommend a decongestant or even a simple pain reliever and time before scheduling a follow-up visit.
In more extreme cases, when the first round of treatment isn’t successful, or there are repeated ear infections and ear drainage issues, ear tubes may be the next best step.
If you are experiencing ear drainage and looking for advice or treatment, contact our office to schedule an appointment. We can take a look and provide recommendations on managing and preventing it in the future.