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Mucus Drainage For Perforated Eardrum
Have a perforated eardrum (over 50%…injured 4 mos ago). Been infected(inner and outer) whole time. I now have bloody and black discharge.Colesteatoma?
See an ENT doctor: This must be examined by an expert in the field to be diagnosed appropriately. Please do this soon. Good luck. ...Read more
Like material that functions to moisten and protect inner body surfaces. The viscous slippery substance that consists chiefly of mucin, water, cells, and inorganic salts and that is secreted as a protective lubricant coating by the cells and glands of the mucous membranes. The free slime of the mucous membranes, composed of secretion of the glands, various salts, ...Read more
A qtip damaged my hearing last night. Is it ear wax buildup or a perforated eardrum? No pain, no discharge..Just tinnitus and feeling like its clogged
Wax buildup: Have an expert clean out the wax. You don't know whether the eardrum has been injured or not. ...Read more
Absolutely: The ear with the perforation will be the happiest ear on the plane as it will have instantaneous pressure equalization and no problem whatsoever. Ear problems occur when the pressure outside the ear drum is significantly different than pressure inside the middle ear. With a hole that can't happen. ...Read more
See ENT: Probably don't have to rush to hospital unless you can't wait to be evaluated by an otolaryngologist(ent) as an outpatient. ...Read more
Perferated Eardrums: Perforated eardrums is a common and most often fairly harmless complication of an ear infection. Usually it heals well without complication and without permanent hearing loss. Sometimes the hole in the eardrum does not heal properly and permanent hearing loss can occur which is sometimes surgically correctable. Amoxicillin is one of the more popular antibiotics used to treat and works well. ...Read more
Yes and no: A hole in the eardrum does cause a conductive hearing loss, but typically once that hole resolves the hearing is restored. Some holes heal on their own, but other ones need to be surgically repaired for them to be fixed. I woud see an ENT to find out your options. And in the meantime try to keep that ear from getting water in it. ...Read more
Afrin (oxymetazoline) in the nose won't go to your ear so that is definitely safe. Even if you got a little afrin (oxymetazoline) in your ear it should still be okay as it is used sometimes in ear surgeries if there is bleeding in the ear.
Remember not to use afrin (oxymetazoline) more that a few days as it has the potential to be "addicting". ...Read more
You can - : You can - but harder to interpret results. ...Read more
How can I know if my perforated eardrum is healing, not getting worse? (assuming i just want to self-check)
Need a doctor : Need a doctor to look in your ear and check it. It is impossible for you to look in your own ear and you would need you what you were looking for. ...Read more
I been to the doctors 3days ago they told me i had a perforated eardrum and give me tablets,I accenditly got water into it what is going to happen?
Possibly drainage: A perforated ear drum can be due to infection or trauma. Pills probably will not help. It is true that if a perforation exists, getting water in the ear canal and through the ear drum into the middle ear space can lead to an infection. ...Read more
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
No: Your ear drum will heal independent of an ear plug, assuming that it will heal on its own. The vast majority of tympanic membrane perforations heal spontaneously assuming it is not due to a slag burn from welding. That injury sears the drum and usually won't heal on its own. Surgery is frequently needed. If in doubt see your doctor. ...Read more
Varies: Some will heal spontaneously over time and others (usually older kids) might need an operation to patch it. ENT docs can take tissue from other parts of the head and create a patch that will work, but the work is delicate and best done in experienced hands. ...Read more
Diagnosis: The best way to determine if you have a perforated ear drum is to see an ENT specialist. ...Read more
Should be fine:
Neti pots (saline irrigations of the nose) are pretty benign (not too much risk of harm).
Go ahead and try it. You could notice some water come out of your ear with the perforation, which is generally ok.
There is possibly a risk of ear infection. (especially if you get infections with swimming). If that happened, you'll have to treat it, and stop the neti pot. ...Read more
Discharge can be a noun or a verb; it has multiple meanings in physics, chemistry, military, and legal usage. The most common medical meaning is a substance that is being excreted. Examples: pus is the discharge from a pimple; a vaginal discharge can mean infection; an ear discharge can mean an infection of the outer ear tract; a nasal discharge ...Read more
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