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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?

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

Mucus (Definition)

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


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How do you treat a perforated eardrum?

Perforated ear drum: Ear drum perforations are treated socially with tympanoplasty. Have your ear evaluated by a board certified otolaryngologist. ...Read more

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How dangerous is a perforated eardrum?

Perforated drum: It isnt usually dangerous. A hole, depending on size and location can affect hearing. It can also allow infection to get into the middle ear, therefore keep ear dry. Perforations from injuries will often heal without surgery. You need to be checked by ent. ...Read more

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How to survive with an perforated eardrum?

How to survive with an perforated eardrum?

Ruptured ear drums: After care for ruptured ear drums includes: tylenol (acetaminophen) or Ibuprofen for pain, antibiotics if an infection caused the rupture, avoidance of anything in your ear, and follow up with a doctor in 2 weeks to recheck the status of the rupture. All the best! ...Read more

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How can you know if you have a perforated eardrum?

How can you know if you have a perforated eardrum?

Hearing loss: Typically, an ear drum perforation causes hearing loss, tinnitus, fullness/pressure.

It can also cause discharge from the ear if it is infected.

Please see an otolaryngologist and have a hearing test performed, . ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Perforated eardrum?

Perforated Eardrum : A whole of varying sizes in the eardrum that can be due to trauma, infection, or surgery. ...Read more

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Is it ok to fly with a perforated eardrum?

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

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Should I go to the hospital for a perforated eardrum?

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

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What to do if I have a perforated eardrum they gave me amoxicillin?

What to do if I have a perforated eardrum they gave me amoxicillin?

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

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I have a perforated eardrum and the hole is quite big, will i lose my hearing?

I have a perforated eardrum and the hole is quite big, will i lose my hearing?

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

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Would it be recommended to to take afrin (oxymetazoline) with a perforated eardrum?

Would it be recommended to to take afrin (oxymetazoline) with a perforated eardrum?

Yes: 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

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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

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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

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What's done for a perforated eardrum?

See below: See if it heals spontaneously, or surgically repair it. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a perforated eardrum?

What are the symptoms of a perforated eardrum?

Drainage: Acute perforation of the tympanic membrane from infection will always be accompanied by drainage. If the perforation has been present for a long time there may be hearing loss but a small perforation may have little in the way of symptoms. ...Read more

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What happens after you have a perforated eardrum?

What happens after you have a perforated eardrum?

Most heal in 3 weeks: Those that do not heal withing 3 weeks should be evaluated by an ent. There is plenty we can do to fix eardrums. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms associated with a perforated eardrum?

What are the symptoms associated with a perforated eardrum?

Hearing loss +: Discharge from the ear. Ear drum perforation is one of the complications of infections in the middle ear. The symptoms of otitis media include pain, fever, loss of hearing in the affected ear and on perforation of the ear drum discharge into the external auditory canal. ...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 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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Is it possible to hear with a perforated eardrum ?

Yes: Hearing would generally be diminished significantly with a perforation. It could be determined very quickly at any pcps office or at an urgent care if you have a perforation, by looking in the ear canal with an otoscope. ...Read more

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Is it a bad idea to fly with a perforated eardrum?

Should be ok: You are probably ok to fly.

See an otologist.

You need a hearing test.

Stay on dry ear precautions.

Your perforation is perhaps a sign of eustachian tube dysfunction.

Make sure your other ear is not at risk of this as well. ...Read more

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Does wearing earplugs help heal a perforated eardrum?

Does wearing earplugs help heal a perforated eardrum?

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

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Will rubbing alcohol in perforated eardrum cause damage?

Will rubbing alcohol in perforated eardrum cause damage?

Don't Do it !: The tympanic membrane (eardrum) is not intact so - the alcohol can flow right through it. ...Read more

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What can be done for a toddler with a perforated eardrum?

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

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Hi Doctors. How do I know if I have a perforated eardrum?

Diagnosis: The best way to determine if you have a perforated ear drum is to see an ENT specialist. ...Read more

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Is it possible to use the neti pot if I have a perforated eardrum?

Is it possible to use the neti pot if I have a perforated eardrum?

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 (Definition)

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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Ruptured Eardrum (Definition)

A hole or tear in your eardrum, the thin tissue that separates your ear canal ...Read more