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how long does perforated eardrum take to heal

A 902-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Rothstein
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Ear: Great question. May take up to three months. Keep it dry when showering, dont try to pop it and no heavy lifting
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A 46-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gregory LaMorte
41 years experience Periodontics
Weeks to Months: The perforation may heal in a few weeks, or may take up to a few months.Some perforations require intervention. This may take the form of a paper patc ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Diaz
37 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Can be helpful: Keeping the ear free of water and tincture of time is what heals an acute tympanic membrane perforation. A ear plug designed to week water out of the ... Read More
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Dr. Michael Nordstrom
37 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
No: Your ear drum will heal independent of an ear plug, assuming that it will heal on its own. The vast majority of tympanic membrane perforations heal sp ... Read More
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Dr. Herman Hammerstead
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Probably need Surg.: Dr. John House is regarded as a National expert in LA, CA.
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dale Tylor
18 years experience Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Yes: Afrin (oxymetazoline) in the nose won't go to your ear so that is definitely safe. Even if you got a little afrin (oxymetazoline) in your ear it sho ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
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 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jimmy Hara
50 years experience Family Medicine
Best to see a doctor: Eardrums can perforate as a result of a middle ear infection that causes perforation from inside the ear drum or trauma from outside (being slapped ov ... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Zachary Veres
17 years experience Family Medicine
Eardrum: yes this will heal. You must watch getting too much water in the ear in the meantime. Follow up with ENT to monitor this.
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A male asked:
Dr. Ronald Ward
Specializes in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Ear: Floxin otic or ciprodex may not cause pain. If not seeing ENT, best to do so. Perforation needs specialist's attention. Keep ear dry otherwise.
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bradley Younggren
21 years experience Emergency Medicine
Weeks: This typically can take weeks. This should be monitored by a primary care physician or ENT to ensure the rupture heals. No submersion of the ear under ... Read More
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