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Perforated Eardrum Swimming
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sometimes: The size of the perforation is critically important. A perforation of less than 3 mm. often can heal spontaneously. But it is imperative to know if there is any chronic middle ear infection. If a small traumatic perforation is present in the absence of infection, the perforation may heal itself. ...Read more
Unlikely to: If you blow your nose with a perforated eardrum you may feel a whoosh of air from the ear with the problem but that isn't really dangerous. If it feels weird to blow your nose, you can use nasal saline rinses (from an aerosol can, a neti pot or a bottle) to irrigate out troublesome mucous. Active allergies can slow down healing of the eardrum and you may want to get treatment for them. ...Read more
See an ENT: The best treatment for swimmer's ear, before any medications, is a professional cleaning to remove the infected wax. For prevention, an acidified alcohol solution may be used after swimming. A bloody ear could be a perforation. See a specialist first. Do not use any home remedies if you may have a perforation. ...Read more
Had perforated ear drum 3 months ago, now swimmers ear and a little blood, not swimming and keeping ear dry, how did I get swimmers ear?
Common: Swimmers &prolonged head baths may commonly develop otitis externa (swimmers ears). Skin of ear canal gets irritated with constant moisture &skin bacteria in external ear canal ( staph or strept ) start a skin infection which can be VERY painful. Fungi may be involved as well. White vinegar: rubbing alcohol (70%) mixture1:1 drops in ear post swimming/baths may prevent if used regularly.Consult ENT ...Read more
Drops help: Kids will generally perforate the ear drum with some forms of middle ear infection or occasionally trauma. The drops can get thru the hole directly into the middle ear & kill off germs like a weed spray, bypassing the need to take oral meds.The ear drum itself will gradually heal the hole as long as there are no germs & pressure interfering with the process. ...Read more
Depends: If it's an outer ear infection (otitis externa), you definitely shouldn't swim. If it's middle ear infection (otitis media), it's not likely to be an issue. The inner ear is another matter altogether since this affects your balance & orientation. Check with a local ENT to see which type of infection you have & get specific advice. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
No problem: A wax impaction does not harm a perforation. As an ENT i suggest that all perforations be repaired via a tympanoplasty or myringoplasty at some point. An intact ear drum is safer and less likely to become impacted. Patients who choose not to have a tympanoplasty should have an annual ear exam by their doctor. ...Read more
Did tympanoplasty in left ear in 2006 due to infection and hear loss..Rt ear drum has hole and infection.Conductive hearing loss.Time for hearing aid?
Keep it dry: Not sure exact nature of your question. If you're asking what to do with a perforated ear that gets water in it, the answer is not much. Typical drying drops are going to cause serious pain. If if is a fresh perforation that is draining some fluid, keep it dry--it's likely to heal on its own. ...Read more
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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