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Ear infection
Fernandezfamily posted:
Hello doctor,

My son was diagnosed with ear infection today and was given antibiotics along with a numbing ear drop. I gave him the medication and inserted the ear drops but, about a couple hours ago he discharged some pus and blood. He seems to have some pain but not as much as he had earlier today. Is this normal or should I take him back to the doctor in the morning. Please let me know as soon as possible.

Thank you,

Fernandez family
Rod Moser, PA, PhD responded:
Assuming your child had a middle ear infection, the most likely cause of the discharge for blood and pus would be a spontaneously ruptured eardrum. This often happens due to pressure in the middle ear, so don't panic. Nearly all will heal in a few weeks..

Keep giving the oral antibiotics, but those numbing drops are not appropriate when an eardrum is ruptured, so I would not recommend that you use them now.

Your son will need to have his ear rechecked, so make an appointment with his medical provider after he has completed the antibiotics.