A 19-year-old female asked:
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will blowing my nose worsen my perforated eardrum?

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Dr. Dale Tylor
18 years experience Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Unlikely to: If you blow your nose with a perforated eardrum you may feel a whoosh of air from the ear with the problem but that isn't really dangerous. If it feels weird to blow your nose, you can use nasal saline rinses (from an aerosol can, a neti pot or a bottle) to irrigate out troublesome mucous. Active allergies can slow down healing of the eardrum and you may want to get treatment for them.
Answered on Aug 8, 2013

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