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What happens if you let water in your ear when you have a hole in your eardrum?

What happens if you let water in your ear when you have a hole in your eardrum?

Water in the ear: Sometimes, nothing happens. Often, it is uncomfortable since water does not feel good when it's in the middle ear. It's kind of like water going up your nose. Sometimes, the bacteria in water that contaminates the ear can infect the ear. Then, the infected ear will drain and often be uncomfortable. That will require antibiotic ear drops. ...Read more

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Vinegar and alcohol for human water in ear but with torn eardrum?

Vinegar and alcohol for human water in ear but with torn eardrum?

NO: Do not put any chemical in your ear with a perforated drum. Many chemicals are ototoxic and may lead to permanent hearing lost and/or vertigo. See an ENT doctor. ...Read more

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I hit my eardrum with a q tip and now it feels like there's water in my ear. What does this mean and is it serious?

I hit my eardrum with a q tip and now it feels like there's water in my ear. What does this mean and is it serious?

Ear pain: You should have that seen. You caould have ruptured your ear drum and that should be looked at. Do not put qtips in your ear since they can damage either your ear canal or your ear drum. ...Read more

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Friend thought had ear infection. Mixed water and neosporin. Put dropper deep in ear as far can go. Filled quarter way and put all in the ear. What happens if neosporin got deep in ear or past eardrum?

Friend thought had ear infection. Mixed water and neosporin. Put dropper deep in ear as far can go. Filled quarter way and put all in the ear. What happens if neosporin got deep in ear or past eardrum?

So how is he now???: Pain or bleeding? See a dr. Loss of hearing? See a dr. Best would be an ear specialist. I do not recommend neosporin because of lack of benefit and because it can cause allergic reactions. ...Read more

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I have a cold and I was flying. On landing, my ears had a sharp and now I can't hear and there is still some pain. It sounds like water behind eardrum?

I have a cold and I was flying. On landing, my ears had a sharp and now I can't hear and there is still some pain. It sounds like water behind eardrum?

Barotrauma: Barotrauma from eustachian tube dysfunction from cold and changes in air pressure when flying. A few tips: chew gum, inhale, and then gently exhale while holding the nostrils closed and the mouth shut; suck on candy, yawn. If no relief, try antihistamines and decongestants by mouth. If still no relief, see ENT doc. ...Read more

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Is there a way to safely remove water and/or wax from ear canal when you have a perforated eardrum?

Safety: Please do not do anything other than seeing an Ear specialist as soon as possible. I did not enjoy a broken ear drum while in flight! ...Read more

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I used a neti pot to clear my sinuses, but some water went into my ear. I have to fly in 3 days. Can you help? Will my eardrum rupture. I'm terrified

I used a neti pot to clear my sinuses, but some water went into my ear. I have to fly in 3 days. Can you help? Will my eardrum rupture. I'm terrified

No: Your eardrum will not rupture. Don't worry - the water will clear from your ears. However, if you are still congested, the pressure changes from ascent and descent of the plane may cause brief but severe ear pain. No damage is likely. There really isn't a way to prevent this though. ...Read more

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I have mild ear pain in the left eardrum after being hit by a water jet a swimming pool. Bruised? Ruptured? Cautions?

I have mild ear pain in the left eardrum after being hit by a water jet a swimming pool. Bruised? Ruptured? Cautions?

Possible: Possible to have a simple "bruise" or a rupture Membrane. An exam is needed to tell you for sure. If ruptured, caution to avoid getting bacteria in the ear as you would be more at risk of getting a more serious infection. In fact if ruptured, it is recommended to use sterile Ear drops (usually for the eye) in the ear canal. Best wishes. ...Read more

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My gf has impacted wax. she also believes that water in her ear will cause the eardrum to burst. she had many ear infections and tubes as a child ?

My gf has impacted wax. she also believes that water in her ear will cause the eardrum to burst.  she had many ear infections and tubes as a child ?

Common problem: Impacted wax can be dissolved by drops available over the counter at most supermarkets or pharmacies. W hen these are too slow, the wax can be removed under direct vision by an ENT. I have also cleaned this out using a water pic, and this does not "rupture" the drum. She can either get this fixed or deal with the poor hearing.Her choice. ...Read more