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How many days will it take for an ruptured eardrum due to a middle ear infection to form back and what are the advice for perforated eardrum?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Bradley Younggren
Emergency Medicine 24 years experience
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 any type of water until it is healed.
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Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
Maybe sooner depending on size. It could be a as short as several days. The advice regarding water is correct. It really doesn't matter how long it takes to heal.. you just want to make sure it is healed before you get water in the ear canal.
Feb 1, 2012
Dr. Anna Meyer
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 years experience
Very fast: Almost all ear drum perforations heal within a few hours to days. Very very few leave a permanent hole. It should be treated with antibiotics.
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Last updated Nov 5, 2021


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