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Can I go swimming with a perforated eardrum

A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Diaz
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Be cautious: I think the safest thing would be to protect that middle ear from water exposure and this can easily be done with an ear plug.
Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 38 years experience
Yes, but: It is a good idea to protect your ear from water with a silicone ear plug that molds to your outer ear. Best to not use plugs that fill the canal. If ... Read More
Dr. John Thaler
Prosthodontics 42 years experience
No, unless..: Unless you have a perfect way to seal the ear canal, no -- very bad idea. If you saw MD for this you should be on drops and should have strict instruc... Read More

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A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. Daniel Saurborn
Diagnostic Radiology 24 years experience
Probably yes.: You basically laid out all you need for a serious inner ear infection. 1) Lake water teeming with organisms. 2) Outer ear canal easily fills with wate... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 61 years experience
Possibly drainage: A perforated ear drum can be due to infection or trauma. Pills probably will not help. It is true that if a perforation exists, getting water in the... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alexander Gorup
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
See ENT: Probably don't have to rush to hospital unless you can't wait to be evaluated by an otolaryngologist(ent) as an outpatient.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 38 years experience
See below: See if it heals spontaneously, or surgically repair it.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neil Giddings
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Drainage: Acute perforation of the tympanic membrane from infection will always be accompanied by drainage. If the perforation has been present for a long time ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Kyle
Specializes in General Practice
Perferated Eardrums: Perforated eardrums is a common and most often fairly harmless complication of an ear infection. Usually it heals well without complication and witho... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Drops help: Kids will generally perforate the ear drum with some forms of middle ear infection or occasionally trauma. The drops can get thru the hole directly in... Read More
A 66-year-old female asked:
Dr. Louise Andrew
A Verified Doctoranswered
Emergency Medicine 47 years experience
Something to ask: the practitioner who has diagnosed it and mentioned surgery. If it is not giving you any symptoms, these things often heal up without problems. But ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Mann
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 31 years experience
Perforated drum: It isnt usually dangerous. A hole, depending on size and location can affect hearing. It can also allow infection to get into the middle ear, theref... Read More
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