• What to look out for

    Most discharges from the ear are caused by:

    • wax
    • inflammation of the ear canal
    • a burst ear drum caused by an ear infection
  • What can you do

    You need to see a doctor to find out what is causing the discharge.  Do not try to clear the discharge yourself or stick anything, for example a cotton wool bud, into your ear as you may cause damage.  Try not to get the affected ear wet until you know what is causing the discharge.

    If the problem is wax, your doctor or practice nurse can remove it by gentle suctioning.  If you have an infection of the ear canal, you may need treatment with an antibiotic or steroid drops. Infections of the inner ear are unusual in adults.

  • When to seek help

    To learn more about ear problems, click here.