Draining Ear

ExitCare ImageFluid (drainage) can come from your ear. This may be wax, yellowish-white fluid (pus), blood, or other fluids. An infection, injury, or irritation may cause fluid to drain from your ear.


  • Only take medicine as told by your doctor. This may include ear drops.

  • Do not rub inside your ear with cotton-tipped swabs.

  • Do not swim until your doctor says it is okay.

  • Before you take a shower, cover a cotton ball with petroleum jelly. Put it in your ear. This will keep water out.

  • Stay away from smoke.

  • Make sure your shots (vaccinations) are up to date.

  • Wash your hands well.

  • Keep all doctor visits as told.


  • You have very bad ear pain or a headache.

  • You have a fever.

  • The patient is older than 3 months with a rectal temperature of 102° F (38.9° C) or higher.

  • The patient is 3 months old or younger with a rectal temperature of 100.4° F (38° C) or higher.

  • You throw up (vomit).

  • You feel dizzy.

  • You have twitching or shaking (seizure).

  • You have new hearing loss.

  • You have more fluid coming from the ear.

  • You have pain, a fever, or fluid drainage that does not get better within 48 hours of taking medine.

  • You are more tired than normal.


  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.