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The board-certified, fellowship-trained pediatric infectious disease specialists with Norton Children’s Infectious Diseases, affiliated with the UofL School of Medicine, provide evaluation and treatment of otorrhea, also called watery ears or runny ears, and its complications in children.
Otorrhea, also called watery ears or runny ears, is drainage that cones out of the ear canal. This drainage, which may or may not have a foul smell, can be:
Otorrhea can be caused by:
If your child’s ear begins draining and they don’t have ear tubes, they should be evaluated by a physician.
Symptoms can include:
Treatment for otorrhea depends on the underlying cause of the drainage. Treatment will be based on the child’s age, current health and medical history. Treatments may include: