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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

Dr. Debra Rosenblatt
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If I went swimming in a lake with a perforated eardrum without earplugs should I be worried?

If I went swimming in a lake with a perforated eardrum without earplugs should I be worried?

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

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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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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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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?

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

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Sometimes I feel sharp pain in my perforated eardrum, why does it happen?

Sometimes I feel sharp pain in my perforated eardrum, why does it happen?

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

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What's the symptom for me to know if my perforated eardrum is healing or getting worse?

Eardrum Perforation: 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

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My son has been given eardrops with perforated eardrum. How do eardrops heal the perforation?

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

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What do you recommend if I have a perforated eardrum and I have a few questions 1) when will the blood clear up?

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

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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

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Can one fly with a perforated eardrum?

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

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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 isn't 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 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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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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What are the symptoms of perforated eardrum? Can children get it as well?

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

Dr. Alexander Gorup
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