Treatment of your ear discharge will depend on its cause. You may even find that your condition won’t need medical treatment at all.
Sometimes, however, more serious instances of otorrhea require a stronger course of action, such as:
- Antibiotics or steroids
- Eardrops or tablets to treat infection
- A warm compress (applying to the affected ear can provide much-needed pain relief)
- Onward referral to a specialist, who will determine the need for further tests and/or treatment
Please refrain from trying to clean out the discharge yourself using cotton buds or anything similar, and bear in mind that surgery may be an option if the ear discharge is found to stem from a particularly nasty problem with your eardrum.