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Hi everyone. I'm 21 years old, no known health problems and not on any medications.
About a week and a half ago I came down with a cold. A couple of days later I woke up to find that I was deaf in my left ear. I just assumed it was mucus buildup from my cold and would clear up once my cold did. However, it's now been a week and I'm still deaf. If anything it's getting worse. I also have tinnitus in the same ear. Initially I peered in my ear and couldn't see anything, but today I was having another look and saw a yellowy/white substance sitting in the ear canal. I managed to take a picture. It's not the best quality-wise but I hope you can make out what I mean.
Does this substance indicate infection? Or is it just weird looking earwax? My ear doesn't hurt at all but I have been feeling a little unwell for a couple of days. Nauseous and generally a bit under the weather. I have booked a GP appointment but unfortunately they cannot fit me in until Thursday. Should I call them again and asked to be seen sooner? I've never had an ear infection before so have no idea what they feel like.
Crumbs Georgie, really? I thought a perforated eardrum was incredibly painful? My ear doesn't hurt at all. Well, it's a little bit achy but nothing major. Probably a 1 out of 10 on the pain scale. I suppose if it's burst it'll just heal on it's own?
Lol HOW? There's a blob on the skin fold above the ear canal - could be anything. The ear canal itself just looks.... like an ear canal. Perforated/burst ear drums are painful - don't you think the OP would know? (And don't you think it's a tad alarmist suggesting such a thing??)
Hi OP My children get this discharge frequently with ear infections. They have perforated ear drums but the pain is before the discharge is seen - once it starts coming out the worst is over. The perforation could be an old one hence no pain now.
Thanks everyone. I rang the surgery back and asked to speak to a nurse. She advised that it certainly sounded like an infection (and possibly a burst eardrum...) and that I should book an emergency appointment tomorrow morning.
I certainly will keep you updated. I've never had an ear infection before so this is all new to me Wonder if it's got anything to do with this horrible bug that's been going around? Thought I'd escaped it.... xD
Managed to get an emergency GP appointment for 9am today. Turns out I've got viral labyrinthitis and a ruptured ear drum. Because it's viral antibiotics would make no difference so I've just been advised that the infection will pass on it's own and to keep my ear dry. Funnily enough my hearing is slightly better today
Yes, he swabbed it just in case. But he said that because I'd had a cold JUST before it's very likely that it's viral. Plus, apparently when he looked in my ear the infection was already pretty much on it's way out.