Phlegm of the ear

What Is Ear Phlegm?

Ear phlegm is a type of thick, sticky mucus that accumulates in the ear and can cause discomfort, pain, or a feeling of blockage. In some cases, this thick fluid may even contain traces of blood or pus. Ear phlegm can vary in color from clear to yellowish or light green. It is often associated with infections of the ear or sinus, and can be caused by viral and/or bacterial infections.

Possible Causes

The presence of ear phlegm is a common symptom of a middle ear infection (otitis media) caused by a virus or bacteria. These infections can be painful and cause a feeling of fullness in the ear. Other possible causes of ear phlegm include:

  • Allergies
  • Blocked sinus cavities
  • Chronic sinusitis
  • Frequent sinus headaches
  • Nasal polyps
  • Nasal allergies

Treatment Options

Treatment options for ear phlegm will depend on the underlying cause. Common treatments include:

  • Antibiotics: Antibiotics can help to treat a bacterial infection.
  • Decongestants: Over-the-counter decongestants can help to reduce inflammation in the ear and sinus passages.
  • Nasal Steroid Sprays: Prescription nasal steroid sprays can help reduce swelling and inflammation in the ear and sinus passages.
  • Surgery: Surgery may be recommended to treat severe cases of ear phlegm or to remove any blockages in the sinus or ear passages.

When to See a Doctor

It is important to see a doctor if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms: pain or a feeling of fullness in the ears, hearing loss, fever, vomiting, or if the ear phlegm does not improve with over-the-counter treatments. The doctor will be able to diagnose the underlying condition and provide the appropriate treatment.