Our expert says:
Sellulitis is the term we use to describe inflammation/infection of a soft tissue area. In your child's case it seems to be originating in the middle ear cleft. She may be suffering from an acute middle ear infection, and because she has the grommet in situ, the fluid/discarge is pouring through the grommet opening. The eardrum does not become infected in the same manner, and can usually not produce as much fluid as the middle ear cleft, as the surface area is much smaller. The middle ear cleft is massive compared to the external ear canal, so if the whole area becomes infected, it leads to coupious amounts of pus/fluid draining from the ear.
You should take her back to the surgeon for examination of the ears, as she may even require antibiotics, as well as topical antibiotic drops. She will most definitely require painrelief to control her discomfort. Sometimes the ears are problematic and may take a while to recover, so cleaning of the ears are needed in order for the drops to work. In some cases one may place ointment in the earcanal to assist with the problem.
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