A 16-year-old male asked:
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if i went swimming in a lake with a perforated eardrum without earplugs should i be worried?

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Dr. Daniel Saurborn
22 years experience Diagnostic Radiology
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 water and does not empty. 3) You have a hole into the deepest part of your skull. This is not to scare you unnecessarily, but you DEFINITELY need to see a physician if you have even the SLIGHTEST symptoms.
Answered on Aug 1, 2018
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Very unlikely: that's a very low negative pressure, shouldn't be the cause for such a significant trauma
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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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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.
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Dr. Ronald Ward
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Perforation: Yes. Do not get your ear wet. No need for ear plugs

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