Otorrhea is a common otologic condition that can be caused by a variety of disorders. While in many cases the drainage is secondary to a "simple swimmer's ear" which can be cured in a matter of a few days, in other cases, the cause of the drainage is much more significant and difficult to treat. Making the proper diagnosis, understanding how to gently clean the ear, and utilizing the appropriate treatment regimen are essential in treating this disorder. Persistent drainage that is difficult to control may signify a more significant condition and will require vigilance by the treating practitioner.


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