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Hello. Can i swim with earplugs with burst eardrum?

Hello. Can i swim with earplugs with burst eardrum?

Burst eardrum: Your instructions should have been not to swim as long as the defect is present. You do not want to get any water into the middle ear as the faction risk is high. ...Read more

Dr. Brett Scotch
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Burst Eardrum (Definition)

= ruptured tympanic membrane. ...Read more


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Can I go swimming with a perforated eardrum?

Can I go swimming with a perforated eardrum?

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. ...Read more

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Can i still swim train with cap and earplugs if I have a perforated eardrum from a middle ear infection?

Can i still swim train with cap and earplugs if I have a perforated eardrum from a middle ear infection?

Controverisal: There is constant back and forth between the experts on this very issue, and no consensus has been reached yet. My practice is if you are on appropriate therapy for the infection, including topical drops like ciprodex, then you can safely swim in clean water (no rivers or lakes). It is essential, however, that you follow up closely with doctor to make sure the ear and perforation has healed. ...Read more

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If I went swimming in a lake with a perforated eardrum without earplugs should I be worried?

If I went swimming in a lake with  a perforated eardrum without earplugs should I be worried?

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. ...Read more

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Can i go to the beach with a perforated eardrum?

Can i go to the beach with a perforated eardrum?

Yes: The beach is no problem. You should plug that ear so that no water gets in as this may lead to an infection. Use a plug that is waterproof. ...Read more

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Have middle ear infection with perforated eardrum.Waiting to see ent. How long to heal?Can i still swim train with cap and earplugs?

Weeks to Months: The perforation may heal in a few weeks, or may take up to a few months.Some perforations require intervention. This may take the form of a paper patch to promote healing (a simple procedure by an ear, nose and throat specialist), or surgery. However, in some cases, the perforation can last several years and will be unable to heal naturally. ...Read more

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How can I treat a burst ear drum?

How can I treat a burst ear drum?

Call your pediatrici: If you think your child's eardrum has ruptured, they need to be examined. If the rupture is due to an infection, antibiotics will likely be prescribed and the child should be rechecked in 1-2 weeks. The hole usually heals quickly. If the rupture is due to trauma, such as a q-tip being inserted too far into the ear, an ear/nose/throat (ENT) specialist should be consulted. ...Read more

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Can one fly with a perforated eardrum?

Can one fly with a perforated eardrum?

Yes: As a matter of fact, it will be easier to fly with that ear because one would not have to equalize pressure in it. The caveat is that you are the passenger. You should likely not pilot for fear of equilibrium issues. ...Read more

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Can i take a bath with Achilles rupture?

Can i take a bath with Achilles rupture?

Yes if no wound open: However, even then, a hot bath may cause increased swelling if the rupture is recent and painful. ...Read more

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Can i swim with a cast on?

Can i swim with a cast on?

Waterproof cast: If you have a waterproof cast (waterproof liner) and you have a "stable" fracture pattern then it is possible to swim with a cast. However, you should discuss this with your treating doctor first. ...Read more

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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?

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

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. ...Read more

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How do you treat a ruptured eardrum. My daughter is 7 and ruptured it with a q tip?

How do you treat a ruptured eardrum. My daughter is 7 and ruptured it with a q tip?

ENT and hearing test: Any child who has had trauma to the ear drum should have a formal hearing test to make sure they did disrupt the hearing. The perforation will usually heal on its own. Of note, q-tips should not be used in the ear. The ears are self-cleaning for most people. The rare person with excess wax build-up should see a physician and not try to clean it themselves. ...Read more

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I feel like I have eardrum perforation. is it safe to shower with it? or even safe to shower with middle ear infections?

See doctor: You can take shower as hardly any water enters middle ear - both in middle ear infection and in ear drum perforation .But important is to get checked up by your doctor if you have any ear drum perforation or not and also if there is any drainage or middle ear infection which should be treated ...Read more

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Can i go swimming with a gj tube?

Can i go swimming with a gj tube?

Here are some ...: A healed GJ feeding tubing system would tolerate submerging in swimming pool well, of course, with care not to incidentally pull out or dislodge the tube. For the detail, ask your surgeon for individual instructions and advice before attempting so. Best wish ... ...Read more

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Can i get swimmers ear from taking a shower? Sore throat this whole weekend does that have to do with it?

Can i get swimmers ear from taking a shower? Sore throat this whole weekend does that have to do with it?

Yes: Swimmers ear or otitis externa is usually caused from the ear canal getting wet and developing an infection. Sore throat is not usually related to swimmers ear, but is associated with common cold which causes nasal congestion and ear pain. ...Read more

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I used a neti pot to clear my sinuses, but some water went into my ear. I have to fly in 3 days. Can you help? Will my eardrum rupture. I'm terrified

I used a neti pot to clear my sinuses, but some water went into my ear. I have to fly in 3 days. Can you help? Will my eardrum rupture. I'm terrified

No: Your eardrum will not rupture. Don't worry - the water will clear from your ears. However, if you are still congested, the pressure changes from ascent and descent of the plane may cause brief but severe ear pain. No damage is likely. There really isn't a way to prevent this though. ...Read more