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how can i cure my ear drum has a hole and water will fill it easily and infection will follow through?

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Dr. Georgia Latham
Family Medicine 35 years experience
Avoid water in ear: A hole in an ear drum (perforated tympanic membrane) will normally heal on its own. It is very important to not allow water to get into an ear with a perforated eardrum. You should wear an ear plug (or cotton coated with vaseline) in your ear with the perforated TM whenever you shower, bath, wash your hair, or go swimming. Ask your doctor to look at your ear and let you know when it is healed.

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