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I've got ear drum rupture. Now what?

I've got ear drum rupture. Now what?

Heal: See your doc to be sure the hole closes. Occasionally these need to be patched, but not usually. Sometimes antibiotics help clear the infection that caused them. If you are worried about the hole itself, think of someone with tubes in the ear. A surgeon put a hole in the eardrum and inserted a tube to keep it open to help prevent pus from building up. Your ruptured drum is similar! ...Read more

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When a hollow structure like an blood vessel, a cyst, bladder, bowel, etc bursts we ...Read more


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How do I drain my ear after the eardrum has ruptured?

How do I drain my ear after the eardrum has ruptured?

See your doctor: The presence of a hole in your eardrum will help your ear to drain. If it burst due to infection, you still need antibiotics to treat the infection. ...Read more

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What do you do after your ear drum ruptures after otitis?

What do you do after your ear drum ruptures after otitis?

See physician: , ost ear drum ruptures heal spontaneously. Treatment with antibiotic ear drops may speed recovery. You should keep water out of the ear until examination shows the ear drum to be healed. ...Read more

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Is it normal for having a ruptured ear drum that is itchy?

Is it normal for having a ruptured ear drum that is itchy?

Yes: A perforated ear drum is typically insensate. So, if you have itchiness, its cause can be the same as somebody without a perforated ear drum. ...Read more

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Could tinnitus due to ruptured ear drum be healed?

Could tinnitus due to ruptured ear drum be healed?

See ENT specialist: Have the ruptured eardrum repaired. The tinnitus should improve within a few days afterwards if damage to the auditory portion of the inner ear has not accompanied the tympanic membrane trauma. ...Read more

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Ruptured ear drum that is itchy, does that mean is healing or what?

Possibly: The same nerves that carry pain sensation are also responsible for itch. It's possible that the healing of damaged surface nerves is making it itch. It could also be dry skin in the ear canal because the fluid that is normally behind the ear drum can now get into the external ear canal. If it persists for more than 7-10 days, you should see a doctor to make sure there's no infection in the canal. ...Read more

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How long is the pus drainage from a ruptured ear drum supposed to last?

How long is the pus drainage from a ruptured ear drum supposed to last?

Usually a few days: The drainage from a middle ear infection that causes a ruptured ear drum will typically stop in 4 or 5 days. These perforations are generally quite small and many heal within a couple of weeks. Ongoing drainage may indicate a problem beyond a straight forward middle ear infection. Infections can spread into the mastoid or air cell tracts in front of the inner ear. See a doctor. ...Read more

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Would it be a problem to pop your ears if you have a ruptured ear drum?

Yes: Popping your ears causes air to enter the middle ear space through the eustacian tube. If you have a ruptured ear drum, the pressure generated by this will be less because the air will escape via the hole in the ear drum. ...Read more

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How long does it take a ruptured ear drum to heal while taking amoxicillin?

How long does it take a ruptured ear drum to heal while taking amoxicillin?

Varies: Rates of healing vary with the individual, with the size of the tear in the ear drum, the presence or absence of continued infection and a variety of other factors. Be patient. It will get better. ...Read more

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In what situations do you need an emergency surgery for a ruptured ear drum?

In what situations do you need an emergency surgery for a ruptured ear drum?

Rare: Need to drain, control infection, assess eustachian tube.
And the drum may heal without surgery.
If required, drum repair is high success! ...Read more

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Ruptured ear drum, still a bit echoey but can hear. Just itching in the ear. Should I be concerned!?

Ruptured ear drum, still a bit echoey but can hear. Just itching in the ear. Should I be concerned!?

Not yet: If that is all that you have, that is not concerning. I would get your ear re-assessed though to see if the perforation is closing or not. ...Read more

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Is there anything I can do to unblock my ear to hear better while recovering from a ruptured eardrum?

See your ENT...: ...If you haven't already. Depending on the size and type of perforation (hole) in the eardrum, your ENT may elect to do any office procedure to help speed the healing.

The good news is that most ruptured ear drums heal on their own without intervention however. ...Read more

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Ruptured ear drum no more draining, no more itchyness, just a echo here and there. Is it suppose to pop sometime?

Not until healed: The popping heard when yawning or nose blowing is the ear drum moving. If there is a hole the air forced up through the eustachian tube escapes out the hole so can't push the drum so no pop is heard. It won't pop until drum healed. Echo is from sound hitting the drum and middle ear structures at roughly the same time. ...Read more

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Should a 20 month old be kept out of the wind with a ruptured ear drum? Anything else other than cigarette smoke and loud noises to beware of?

No special care: The kid will heal under treatment regardless of exposure to wind. Smoke, fumes, fragrances, and dust all increase frequency of ear infections in infants. ...Read more

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I sleep with a CPAP and ruptured my eardrum, should I discontinue using CPAP until ear heals, Dr says I am healing but didn't say to discontinue use?

I sleep with a CPAP and ruptured my eardrum, should I discontinue using CPAP until ear heals, Dr says I am healing but didn't say to discontinue use?

Call & ask your Dr: Depends on settings and how you are doing, but he may recommend an ear plug in that ear at night or some other modification until the drum heals. ...Read more

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My son shoved a thermometer in my ear when I was laying down. It hurt like crazy. The pain is gone now, but there is blood. Did he rupture my eardrum?

My son shoved a thermometer in my ear when I was laying down. It hurt like crazy. The pain is gone now, but there is blood. Did he rupture my eardrum?

Doubt it: The ear canal in an adult actually turns a slight corner so his jabbing something in was more likely to hit the canal wall than the drum. The wall is prone to bleeding with any trauma, and usually self heals over time. The only way to know for sure would be to have it looked at. ...Read more

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How can I rupture my own ear drum?

Various reasons: Trauma
forceful sneezing/noseblowing
infection
altitude changes
diving
irregular growths. ...Read more

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