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Inflamed Ear Drum
I'm currently on drops and antibiotics for An ear infection. Canal was inflamed but ear drum looked ok. I am flying on Friday. Still feel pressure?
It happens: If the pressure is from your middle ear, it is unrelated to the outer ear infection.The Eustachian tube when narrowed can trap air in this chamber and yawning can sometimes equalize it. If the pressure you feel is related to the pain, Ibuprofen or similar product may help. Flying might affect Eustachian tube pressure but not that from pain. ...Read more
I feel pain in my ear when cleaning. I went to doctor and said that my ear canal are not inflamed and eardrum are fine. What to do? My ears are dry.
Stop: The short answer is to stop cleaning your ears, especially if you are referring to using cotton swabs in the canals. The swabs themselves can cause irritation and trauma and may cause pain as the canal and especially the ear drum are quite pain sensitive. If you feel the skin of your ear canals is dry you may put in a drop or two of something like sweet oil or tea tree oil once in awhile. ...Read more
Scratched eardrum?: How do you know you have a scratched ear drum? You should see an ear nose and throat specialist to check the condition of your ear drum and prescribe any appropriate treatment. In the mean time, keep your ears dry. ...Read more
How did you find out: That someone has a "blue eardrum"? If a physician told you, you should ask that physician what the diagnosis is. The 1st thing that comes to mind is blood behind the eardrum. If that's the case this needs to be evaluated immediately. If not, has someone been using ear drops? Blue shampoo? Blue markers, food dye or nystatin drops? Lots of questions, and not too many answers here. See/ask MD ASAP! ...Read more
Yes.: Popping can come from a variety of sources - a small bubble bursting, the eustachian tube moving, or debris / or a hair moving in the canal. None of these would be much affected by a hole in the eardrum. ...Read more
Ruptured eardrum: It is fine to have a cotton ball in your ear with a perforation. It will do no harm. Some people like to use this when they shower to avoid water in the ear. Feel better. ...Read more
Yes: This is what doctors are looking for - among other thighs - when they look in your ear. ...Read more
Myringoplasty: Hello, to repair a tympanic membrane perforation first it needs to be dry and free of infection. The repair can be a simple paper patch that sits over the eardrum hole (myringoplasty) to a complicated procedure that involves taking a graft of tissue from one area of your body to use to recreate a new eardrum. (tympanoplasty). ...Read more
Yes: Loud noise - whether just one episode or sustained - can definitely damage the inner ear and is one of the single most prevalent causes of non-age-related or congenital hearing loss. Hearing protection and precautions are extremely important - even with everyday devices like headphones. If you area concerned about hearing loss, please see an audiologist and/or and ent. Hope this helps! ...Read more
Usually within 30 d: Depends on the cause, but it usually closes within 1 month, if it is going to close. ...Read more
Ruptured Ear Drum: The only way to know for sure is to see your primary care physician and have them look in your ear. ...Read more
Self fixing: The hole or perforation closes up by itself as part of a healing process. ...Read more
Since your middle:
Ear cannot be "blocked " with a hole in the drum it must mean the external ear is blocked with wax (cerumen) This must be removed by a Health Professional since irrigating the ear with a hole in the drum could be harmful! \
Check with your PCP of see an ENT (Ear Nose Throat) specialist!
Hope this helps!
Dr Z ...Read more
Is it typical for young children to have recurring moisture buildup in the ear behind the eardrum?
Yes: The middle ear makes fluid in everyone. If the eustachian tube is blocked, the fluid builds up. In babies and young children, the area where the eustachian tube opens in the back of the nose is narrow and can get inflamed easily by nasal sinus problems or adenoid enlargement, hence the increased incident of ear infections and fluid in children. ...Read more
Can I use my headphones if I have a perferated eardrum? It happened yesterday so my ear hasn't healed or anything yet
Why do my ears/eardrum vibrate to certain sounds? For instance, when I tap a bowl with a metal spoon it makes my ears vibrate
Different things.: Well, the eardrums vibrate to any sound - it's integral to our ability to hear. If your ear itself is vibrating, it may match the resonant frequency of the metal spoon. Kind of like when the wall shakes to a bass drum sound. But if the eardrums didn't vibrate, you wouldn't hear at all. ...Read more
I have a permanent hole in my eardrum. Ear has been completely blocked since I woke up and I Have to fly tomorrow, should I be concerned?
Ear fullness: If you have a "permanent hole" in your ear drum, you cannot physically have a blocked ear. How did you get the "hole"? is it a perforation or a tube? When was the last time you had an ear exam? Why do you think your ear is blocked? If its a tube and you ear is blocked, it needs to be removed, but you can also try antihistamines and decongestants as well as trying Valsalva maneuver. ...Read more
I cannot feel the piercing sensation on my right eardrum. For example, when a woman screeches and it "hurts" your ears. I can't feel that. Help me.
I m 57male. When I goes to sleep, I feels strong jerk in my head & wakes up. I have punctured eardrum from last 10 yrs. Is it concern with ears or not?
No: I do not think a perforation of the ear drum would cause your symptoms. If the ear is not draining and there is no foul odor emanating from the ear canal, it is highly unlikely that there is any connection between a strong jerk in your head and the ear. ...Read more
Yes: Studies in day care centers suggest the persistence of middle ear fluid for up to 3 months in the first year in patients with no symptoms. The occurrence is aggravated by smaller drainage tubes in kids heads, allergies & recurrent URI's. As they approach age 8-9 they achieve 90% of adult head size & the issue is uncommon. ...Read more
Does ringing from eardrum trauma go away? Please say it does I'm only 18 don't really fancy ringing ears for life
Tinnitus: It sounds as though you may have tinnitus. This is the perception of sound in the absence of an external source. There are many causes of tinnitus, and it is best to have this evaluated by your physician, and also an audiologist if you perceive a hearing loss. You may be referred to an ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialist for further evaluation. ...Read more
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