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eelreggit posted:
I keep developing sores in my ears. They have a yellow, pus-like drainage that has a slight odor. The main problem is one big sore in my right ear which has a scab I keep knocking off, and it runs and oozes. I have tried cleaning it with alcohol and am waiting to see if that does anything. This has happened once before, and I'm not sure if time or Neosporin cured it. I think it may be happening after I swim, but I am not completely sure. What could this be?
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Rod Moser, PA, PhD responded:
You clearly have an infection, perhaps Staph. Unfortunately, I have no way of confirming this based solely on your posting. You will need to have this drainage cultured in a lab, and see a medical provider so that you can be properly examined, diagnosed, and treated. Your home treatment is not working.


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