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Rare: It's reasonably rare to get a bug in your ear in the first place. *theoretically* a bug could get through a perforation and if it did you'd need to see an ENT as many of the treatments to kill the bugs (numbing medicine, alcohol etc) are not safe in the setting of a hole in the ear drum, making the retrieval more difficult. I would not lie awake thinking about this rare likelihood event. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: If its small it will usually heal on its own. If its moderate sometimes we can help patch it in the office so that it heals on its own. If it is large or just not healing, this can require surgery to fix it. We usually wait a period of 3 months or so before jumping into surgically repairing it. For kids, we might need to take to the or bc they dont hold still in the clinic to do anything minor. ...Read more
Varies: Typically a ruptured eardrum can heal in the first few weeks after it has been identified. However it can take months or it can not heal at all and require a surgery to repair. Most heal on their own. The most important thing to do is to have a specialist follow you closely to see how it is healing. ...Read more
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