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Watery discharge from nose or ear after an accident? Don't take it lightly

Experiencing a watery discharge from your nose or ear after an accident may indicate reduced cerebrospinal fluid due to a leak or other cause. This condition requires urgent attention from a trained medical professional.

India TV Health Desk Edited By: India TV Health Desk New Delhi Published on: March 31, 2023 22:00 IST
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Image Source : FREEPIK Watery discharge from nose or ear after an accident? Don't take it lightly

Head injuries are a common occurrence in our everyday lives. However, in some cases, such injuries can result in a Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) leak, causing severe harm even without any symptoms. CSF is a clear liquid that acts as a cushion to protect the delicate brain, spinal cord, and other tissues. When there is a tear or hole in the outermost layer of the membranes, it causes a leakage and the fluid escapes consequently. It is important to be aware of the potential for CSF leaks in cases of head injury and seek prompt medical attention if any symptoms arise.

Symptoms of CSF leak include nausea, vomiting, drowsiness, memory problems, limb weakness, and seizures. Sometimes, a watery or bloody discharge may persist from the nose or ear. This happens when the base of the skull fractures and involves the cribriform plate on the top of the nasal cavity, which is known as CSF Rhinorrhoea.

Treating a CSF leak depends on the cause and severity of the leak. Some leaks can be treated with simple methods, while others may need more invasive treatments. It's important to get help right away because ignoring it could lead to brain infection and Meningitis. Sometimes, the problem can be fixed by taking medicine. If the leak is severe, the doctor might do a test to check the nasal fluid or use CT scan to find the problem. In some cases, surgery might be needed to fix the leak. 

Below mentioned are some ways to manage and improve one’s health in case of CSF leak:  

1. Resting in bed with the head raised about 30 degrees
2. Avoid nose blowing or sneezing 
3. Drink water and eat consciously 
4. Take medicines for pain relief as per the doctor’s guidance

If someone experiences a head injury, it is advisable to seek immediate medical attention from a qualified professional to rule out any potentially serious issues.

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