Earwax is a light to dark brown or orange discharge that does not
have an unpleasant or foul odor. It is normal for earwax to drain from the ear,
and it can sometimes look like fluid draining from the ear. Draining earwax
usually is not painful.
After bathing, swimming, or inserting drops into the ear, fluid may
drain from the ear. This is also normal.
Mild ear pain can mean a variety of minor ear problems that
usually are not a cause for concern. Moderate to severe ear pain is more
significant when other
symptoms of an ear infection are also present. Do not
try to remove earwax if you have moderate to severe ear pain or
Primary Medical Reviewer
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
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