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can i go swimming with a perforated eardrum?

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Dr. Dennis Diaz
37 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
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.
Answered on Jun 12, 2019
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Dr. David Astrachan
36 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
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 you feel as if water gets into your ear then the use of an antibiotic ear drop can help prevent infection. You should speak to your ENT doctor about these drops. If you have not seen an ENT recently you should as perforations need to checked.
Answered on Jun 25, 2017
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Dr. John Thaler
40 years experience Prosthodontics
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 instructions for activity. Do not take a chance on worsening this situation. Good Luck -- be wise.
Answered on Jun 24, 2017
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin answered
35 years experience Pain Management
Not recommended: The best is go to visit an ENT, follow his/her instructions on staying out of pool and being careful in shower. Good luck!
Answered on Jun 14, 2015

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