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I hit my eardrum with a q tip and now it feels like there's water in my ear. What does this mean and is it serious?

I hit my eardrum with a q tip and now it feels like there's water in my ear. What does this mean and is it serious?

Ear pain: You should have that seen. You caould have ruptured your ear drum and that should be looked at. Do not put qtips in your ear since they can damage either your ear canal or your ear drum. ...Read more

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Can you perforate baby's eardrum with a qtip?

Can you perforate baby's eardrum with a qtip?

Yes: Do not insert anything into a baby's ears or even adult ears. Eardrum perforation is possible in addition to more serious injuries. Q-tips are never to be used in the ear canals. ...Read more

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Rupturd eardrum a yr ago? Stuck qtip 2 far n, hurt like heck n leakd clear fluid. Since then I get sick aftr few rollercoasters. Will I always?

Rupturd eardrum a yr ago? Stuck qtip 2 far n, hurt like heck n leakd clear fluid. Since then I get sick aftr few rollercoasters. Will I always?

Ruptured ear drum.: Ruptured ear drums heal in a very short pd of time. Your symptoms have nothing to do with your "ruptured" ear drums. Do consult an ENT doctor. ...Read more

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I have a perforated eardrum that happened by a qtip being pushed in. The injury is 3 days old and I'm still very dizzy. When will dizziness stop?

I have a perforated eardrum that happened by a qtip being pushed in. The injury is 3 days old and I'm still very dizzy. When will dizziness stop?

Eardrum perf: You need an exam. The perforation alone may cause the symptoms. But you also may have pushed wax into the middle ear, making it contaminated and infected. These things can only be evaluated by careful examination with a special otoscope (ear scope) so it's likely that you're in need of a visit to an ent. ...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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Qtip in ear slipped and hit ear drum some blood on qtip and fullness feeling in ear with some mild pain. Can I wait until tomorrow to see ent?

Qtip in ear slipped and hit ear drum some blood on qtip and fullness feeling in ear with some mild pain. Can I wait until tomorrow to see ent?

Yes: May be nothing serious but the concern would be whether you perforated your eardrum. Even if such is the case, not an emergency and most small perforations heal on their own within a few weeks with antibiotic drops sometimes being prescribed. It's Ok to wait to see an ENT specialist and, in the meantime, avoid getting any water or dirt or putting anything in the ear until properly examined. ...Read more

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LO stuck qtip in ear and cut ear canal. DR. said ear drum is fine. There is some scraped, loose skin near cut. Will this heal on its own? Drops prescribed

LO stuck qtip in ear and cut ear canal. DR. said ear drum is fine. There is some scraped, loose skin near cut. Will this heal on its own? Drops prescribed

Yes: The skin will heal on its own. The drops are likely an antibiotic to prevent infection. Do not attempt to pull the skin off, this may enlarge the wound and you may unintentionally cause further injury. ...Read more

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While cleaning my ear the qtip implailed my ear drum. My ear bleed 4 two days and it feels like my ear is plugged. Can't hear, migraine what do I do?

While cleaning my ear the qtip implailed my ear drum. My ear bleed 4 two days and it feels like my ear is plugged. Can't hear, migraine what do I do?

See an ENT DOC: Cleaning the inside of ear canal with a q-tip is a definite no no. Tearing the drum, bleeding may be repaired, but I have seen patients that have dislocated one of the 3 hearing bones. That can cause severe conduction hearing loss with normal nerve. The surgery for that although not hard is only 30 % successful with risk of facial palsy and loosing your taste on one side. ...Read more

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I heard my two year old girl katherine crying. There was a qtip in her ear I took it out and there was blood on the side. Is her ear drum ruptured?

It's possible: It's certainly possible. You should take her to see her doctor. As long as she's not in pain and the ear isn't continuing to bleed, it's not an emergency. You can give her acetaminophen or ibuprofen for pain and make sure not to get water in her ear (no swimming) until she's seen by her pediatrician. More often than not, the ear will heal on it's own, even if the eardrum was ruptured. ...Read more

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I got hit in the head two months ago by someone that ruptured my eardrum. Is it normal for it to still hurt, especially if there is any wind it hurts?

Wind induced pain: Suggests that your rupture was quite large and has not healed, leaving an opening into the middle ear that is admitting air and causing pain. You should see a provider (preferably an ENT) for an exam because a small rupture should have healed in two months. Good luck! ...Read more

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I hit my eardrum while cleaning my ears now it hurts to yawn, burp, and hiccup?

I hit my eardrum while cleaning my ears now it hurts to yawn, burp, and hiccup?

Ear: You may have pushed wax up against your eardrum or injured the eardrum. Keep it dry when showering with earplugs but you should see an ENT asap to check it out ...Read more

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I have mild ear pain in the left eardrum after being hit by a water jet a swimming pool. Bruised? Ruptured? Cautions?

I have mild ear pain in the left eardrum after being hit by a water jet a swimming pool. Bruised? Ruptured? Cautions?

Possible: Possible to have a simple "bruise" or a rupture Membrane. An exam is needed to tell you for sure. If ruptured, caution to avoid getting bacteria in the ear as you would be more at risk of getting a more serious infection. In fact if ruptured, it is recommended to use sterile Ear drops (usually for the eye) in the ear canal. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Punctured ear drum with a q tip I have bleeding now & muffled hearing what is the best thing to do?

Punctured ear drum with a q tip I have bleeding now & muffled hearing what is the best thing to do?

ENT: An ear nose and throat specialist can help you with the perforated eardrum. However, in the future you need to remember to never put anything smaller than your elbow in your ear. ...Read more

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Is it dangerous to clean deep in my ears with a q-tip? Can I pop my ear drum or do anything else harmful? If so, how deep can I clean?

Is it dangerous to clean deep in my ears with a q-tip? Can I pop my ear drum or do anything else harmful? If so, how deep can I clean?

Yes, it is dangerous: Most q-tip packages will warn you from inserting the swab into your ears. It leads to injuries including rupturing your ear drum. It can also scratch the skin of your ear canal setting you up to the development of a "swimmer's ear.". ...Read more

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3 days ago hurt ear with q-tip. Pain. Felt like fluid in ear too. Pain is gone, but have had tinnitus for 2 days. Likely ruptured ear drum?

3 days ago hurt ear with q-tip. Pain. Felt like fluid in ear too. Pain is gone, but have had tinnitus for 2 days. Likely ruptured ear drum?

Ear exam: Did your ear feel blocked before you used a qtip in it? If not then you may have traumatized the canal or drum. I recommend an ear exam to see if the canal is blocked with wax or traumatized or if the canal or drum has been traumatized. ...Read more

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Can hitting your eardrum with a qtip cause infection? I have a fullness in my ear and pain. Conserved about infection and hearing loss.

Can hitting your eardrum with a qtip cause infection? I have a fullness in my ear and pain. Conserved about infection and hearing loss.

Usually not but: The question is whether the chicken or the egg comes first. Did you use the Qtip because something was not right with that ear? If so, it may just be a progression of the ear infection. Although unlikely it is also possible that you might have injured your ear drum with the QTip. Best to consult your physician. ...Read more

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What should I do if I have fluid behind eardrums?

What should I do if I have fluid behind eardrums?

See ENT surgeon: An ENT surgeon can pace a myringotomy tube in the eardrum to drain out the fluid. ...Read more

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Can the noise of the shattering plate damage my eardrums?

Can the noise of the shattering plate damage my eardrums?

Unlikely: But noise trauma can damage the inner ear. If you think there has been any change in your hearing see an ENT to get a hearing test ...Read more

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What is a flat eardrum?

What is a flat eardrum?

Abnormal: A flat eardrum means that it is not moving which usually indicates an abnormal situation in the middle ear, either fluid or significant negative pressure. ...Read more

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How to heal an inflamed eardrum?

How to heal an inflamed eardrum?

Depends on the cause: Inflammation of the ear drum (myringitis) is a diagnosis that requires visualization and some experience, to make. Since there are many causes of myringitis the answer is not simple. However most of the time inflammation is the result of a virus or bacteria, and will resolve without treatment. Sometimes an antibiotic will speed things up. Benzocaine ear drops may help with the pain. ...Read more

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How does eardrops affect raptured eardrum?

How does eardrops affect raptured eardrum?

Won't: If it is an old, matured ear drum rupture, drops will have no effect. If it is acute, and due to trauma or infection, the drops can help treat an infection, or if trauma keep the blood from forming a hard scab. Should be seen and treated by an ENT doctore. ...Read more

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What could cause eardrum damage? How to fix it?

Infections/trauma: Eardrum damage/perforation is typically due to chronic ear infections or trauma which can lead to hearing loss as well as other symptoms. Typically a ruptured eardrum can heal in the first few weeks. It can take months or it can not heal at all and require a surgery to repair. Most heal on their own. The most important thing is to have a specialist follow you closely to see how it is healing. ...Read more