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Perforated Eardrum Swimming
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
Probably yes.: You basically laid out all you need for a serious inner ear infection. 1) Lake water teeming with organisms. 2) Outer ear canal easily fills with water and does not empty. 3) You have a hole into the deepest part of your skull. This is not to scare you unnecessarily, but you DEFINITELY need to see a physician if you have even the SLIGHTEST symptoms. ...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
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
Evaluation Needed: It could be sinus related, jaw related, tmd related and a myriad of other pathologies so it may be advantageous to get an evaluation and proper diagnosis. ...Read more
The three best symptoms of a healed eardrum perforation are water tolerance in the shower, no whistle when you blow your nose, and hearing levels back to baseline.
The best way to know for sure is to have your doctor examine your ears. The ears have no "user modifiable" parts. ...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
What do you recommend if I have a perforated eardrum and I have a few questions 1) when will the blood clear up?
Questions: Please re-ask and be more specific about what you would like to know. For an in-depth discussion consider discussing with your medical provider or asking a provider on Healthtap Prime or Concierge. ...Read more
I have a perforated eardrum about 1/4 inch in diameter. Will I need to have surgery or will it heal on its own? Generally, when is surgery required?
Probably need Surg.: Dr. John House is regarded as a National expert in LA, CA. ...Read more
I was diagnosed with a perforated eardrum but my Polydexa eardrops hurt a lot. Are they supposed to? And if they don't what is the possible reason why
Not indicated: Polydexa is not indicated with a perforated ear drum. You would need a sterile ear drop. If one at all. Discuss with your Dr. Or an ENT dr. Best wishes. ...Read more
Yes: As a matter of fact, it will be easier to fly with that ear because one would not have to equalize pressure in it. The caveat is that you are the passenger. You should likely not pilot for fear of equilibrium issues. ...Read more
A perforated eardrum: Can occur when there is an ear infection with a lot of fluid/pus behind the eardrum. The pressure causes a small hole in the eardrum to develop (the perforation)and the fluid will drain out. The ear may feel better afterward. Trauma can also cause this (one reason why you shouldn't clean your ears or your child's with Q-tips (or other objects).Yes, can occur at any age & should be seen by a doctor. ...Read more
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