Discharge from the ear is referred to as otorrhea which includes pus and blood discharge. Discharge from the ears result in clogging of the Eustachian tube which results in a lot of pressure in the ears. Often otorrhea may result in damage to the tymphanic membrane or the ear drum, which may result in temporary or permanent deafness.
A thick yellow discharge from the ear is indicative of an ear infection and the condition is often associated with pain and bloody discharge. There are simple home remedies and tips that can help in the management of ear discharge. The condition needs to be treated promptly to prevent development of further complications and damage to the ear drum.
What Causes Bloody Ear Discharge?
The primary cause for discharge from the ears is a middle ear infection. Middle ear infection can be a result of an upper respiratory tract infection, which may spread through the Eustachian tube to the middle ear. In addition, the ear may get infected through use of unsterilized foreign object being pushed into the ear.
In addition, excessive accumulation of wax in the ear can also result in a ear discharge. In these conditions however, the discharge from the ears is typically tan colored and is often superadded with secondary infection.
Causes of Blood Ear Discharge
On some occasions, ear discharge can be associated with blood stains, which can be indicative of break in the skin continuity or formation of ulcers in the ear. Severe infections of the ear are often associated with bloody discharge from the ears. Formation of boils or pustules in the ear is also associated with blood discharge. However a blood discharge is indicative of a infection in the outer ear and is rarely associated with a middle or inner ear infection.
On rare occasions, blood ear discharge may be indicative of a tumor in the ear.
Home Remedies For Ear Discharge
Here are some simple home remedies that can be helpful in management of pain and other symptoms associated with ear discharge,
- Place a clean cotton bud into the ear, so that it can quickly absorb the discharge. However it is important to discard the cotton bud and not reuse it since it may result in spread of the infection.
- Apply a few drops of tea tree oil on the cotton bud and place it for about five to ten minutes into the ear. Tea tree oil is a strong anti-bacterial agent and helps in resolution of the infection in the ear.
- Keep the ear clean and dry at all times. For swimmers, it is essential to use a swim cap to prevent entry of water into the ear canal and prevent bacterial or fungal infection.
- A few drops of coconut oil into the ear can help liquefy the wax accumulated in the ear and this wax can be removed using cotton buds. In children, ear cleaning should be done at least once a year to prevent ear infections and other complications.