Ottorhea is a kind of ear-discharge (release of any fluid) from ear. Our ears release ear wax that is oil produced naturally by our body. This ear wax prohibits the entry of dust, bacteria and other foreign materials from entering into the ear.
Apart from this, other abnormalities like ruptured ear drum lead to drainage of blood from ear. This is an indication that your ear has undergone an injury or severe infection.
Middle ear infection
Also called as ottis media, this a common reason of ear discharge. It takes place when foreign agents like viruses or bacteria enter into the middle ear. As the middle ear is positioned behind the ear drum, any infection in the middle ear can lead to accumulation of fluid in ear drum. Over accumulation of fluid results further into ear discharge.
Trauma to the ear canal can also result into ear discharge. Sudden increase in pressure which usually takes place while flying or scuba diving is too a major cause of ear-trauma, causing ear drum to rupture. Acoustic trauma is caused due to extremely loud noises.
Also called as ottis externa , it takes place due to the entry of fungus or bacteria into ear canal that further results into a severe ear infection. It usually takes place when someone spends long span in water as moisture in ear canal can damage it.
Swimmer’s ear occurs when there is a break or damage in skin of the ear canal.If you come across any abnormal ear discharge, visit your doctor as soon as possible.